Happy Birthday Kennedy Marie -15 years old – Bonus: Birthday Interview

It’s a tale as old as time….the sweet little chubby babies, turn into clumsy toddlers, then into big kids with scraped knees, then into awkward tweens, and  then into something older…yet still young….someone that can hold a conversation with adults, someone that can drive and fend for themselves but still can’t keep the giggles at bay in a situation where laughing is inappropriate.   And yet it always surprises the parents, every time.  As if they didn’t know this is how this works…this is the way it has always worked.  They grow up.  Right in front of your eyes.  OUCH.  It hurts.  I heard it referred to once as looking directly into the sun.  It stings.
Miss Kennedy turned 15 years old a few weeks ago!  She had a great day full of balloons, ice cream cake, Chinese food lunch date with Dad, Mom and Khloe, and our annual birthday dinner out with just her parents…at Olive Garden.

Kennedy is the little Momma (well, not so little anymore, as she’s taller than this Momma) of the Howard Home.  She is assertive and opinionated and happy.  She is organized, which always catches me off guard, as I remember my bedroom (and my childhood best friend Kelli’s room) growing up being a complete and total disaster.  Kennedy is kind, sweet, thoughtful, smart and funny.  She has made this parenting gig pretty wonderful.  I’m constantly impressed with her ability to juggle her insanely busy schedule, between school work, athletic schedules, volunteering at church, babysitting and her commitments at our home.  Kennedy loves the Lord.  She reads her bible daily.  She prays, and she isn’t afraid to speak His truth in a situation that might be uncomfortable for her.   That’s pretty awesome.  She’s pretty awesome.  I have had this post started for a few weeks and just couldn’t find the space in my heart to put into words how I feel about her getting so old!  Well, my words will never do her justice.  But I will continue to watch her grow into her body, in Christ, and into her true self.  Here’s the annual birthday interview:

Nicknames:  Nenny, Ken

Favorite Food:  Chinese

Favorite Drink:  Strawberry Smoothie

Favorite Color:  Aqua

Favorite Song:  Holy Spirit

Favorite Book:  My Bible

Favorite Subject in School:  Science

Favorite Movie:  A Walk to Remember

Favorite TV Show:  Criminal Minds

Favorite Holiday:  Christmas

Best Friends:  Jersie, Nate, Abby Klammer, Tori Splitt, Amber Hollister

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Jr. High or High School Teacher

Where would you like to go on vacation? Mexico

What is one thing you wish you owned right now?  A nice car that doesn’t scream (her car needs some love 🙂 )

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? With a degree in education, married with a kid or two

What is 1 goal you wish to accomplish in your lifetime?  Run a marathon

God is within her; she will not fall.

– Psalm 46:5



Kollyns Harper – A whole hand

On a cold January day, your Daddy and I spoke of the idea of you, a number 4, the possibility of another beautiful gift from God.  We prayed and planned and were gifted you a couple weeks later.  Your arrival was much anticipated by 3 anxious big siblings.  We bought books, and big sister and big brother shirts.  They laughed and joked about who would be your favorite big kid.  My pregnancy went fast and you arrived on the windiest Nebraska day I have ever witnessed.  With the help of 3 beautiful souls, women in the delivery room:  Dr. Shaleah Jones, nurse Farrah and her trainee, Kayla (you were Kayla’s first baby delivered!), and of course, your Daddy, you were born at 3 am on the dot.  It was a peaceful, warm and wonderful birth experience.
Your eyes…  Those brown eyes with mile-long eyelashes and the biggest cheeks I’ve ever seen on a newborn, and the thickest black hair, donned with a big bow from minute 1, stole our hearts the second we held you.  You were the quietest, chubbiest, sweetest little baby.  You never cried….I mean NEVER.  I spent 13 months rocking and nursing you to every nap and bedtime, and 5:30 am was your favorite hour…you were happy and excited to see me after an 8 hour sleep.  We spend many uninterrupted hours together alone while the bigs were in school and daddy at work.  You were my best accessory.  You were Facebook famous as I posted a picture a day of you!  And now…here we are….you are a WHOLE HAND!  FIVE beautiful, fast years you’ve blessed our lives.
May you continue to see life as you do now, questioning everything, stopping to smell the flowers, blow the dandellions, watch the airplanes, and love your Daddy (and his beard).  You are so fun.  Your eyes sparkle when you smile. We are blessed to love you.  Happy Birthday, baby girl.  Love you to the moon.

Kollyns: Age 5

What is your nickname:  KK and KK Harper

What is your favorite color:  Pink and Purple

What is your favorite toy?  Horsies and Mermaids

Who is your best friend?  Bubbles (Eliza)

What to you want to be when you grow up? Zoo Keeper

Do you think you will marry someone when you grow up?  No, because you have to date someone, and I don’t wanna.

Will you be a Mommy?  Yes, with 4 kids.

What is your favorite book? Any books about bunnies

What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy?  Go to the park and play

What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy? Have a picnic

What is your favorite thing to do with Kennedy?  Paint nails and go outside with her to play

What is your favorite thing to do with Konnor?  Rough-house

What is your favorite thing to do with Karson?  Read bedtime stories

What is your favorite thing to do with Khloe?  Play Family

What is your favorite food? Bacon and Pickles

What makes you happy?  When you (Mommy) don’t leave me.

What makes you sad?  When you (Mommy) go to class.  It takes weeks!

What do you love most about yourself?  My brown eyes, just like you (Mommy).