HAPPY BIRTHDAY Hannah Ray Baker!!! Here is the BEAUTIFUL Birthday girl on her way out for a birthday dinner and going to see a play called Wicked, with her guy!
Hannah Ray, my precious 3rd daughter!! She is pure joy to Ray and I! She is even more beautiful on the inside than she is on the outside and that's, WOW, because she is GORGEOUS! She is the kindest, most gentle, merciful, SWEET, discerning, WISE, gracious and a GODLY young woman!! She is what every parent would dream of having in a daughter!! I have loved being her Momma!! I pray to be more like her every single day. I can't wait for this next year in her life. She is going to be blown away by what the Lord has for her!! She probably is 1 of his favorites, ha!! I don't know what I did to deserve her (Ray I'm sure deserves her) but I am SO GRATEFUL for my precious Hannah!! Austin has such an amazing gift that he will be able to walk this life with. She is a rare, rare gem!!
So Hannah, ALL grown up and going to be a wife in 5 short months! I know I have said it before but I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!! Today is her birthday and the last birthday as a "Baker" girl! I really didn't know that that reality would hit me so hard!! I added up all the ages of my 5 children and I have celebrated 93 different birthday days with them. Almost all of them I have been in charge of, planned and ENJOYED!! 93 BIRTHDAYS is a lot!! And it hit me that this birthday would be the last that I would be "responsible" for. Ray says we should shout for joy but I'm just a bit sad about it. Birthdays are a BIG, BIG DEAL in our family. It's the celebration of YOU!! We do them up BIG! Not with huge, lavish gifts or anything like that but it's a day that when the clock strikes midnight you get a call from everyone in our family. You get a text and now a twitter or a Facebook comment almost immediately. It begins at midnight and for the next 24 hrs. you're a REALLY big deal. Next is usually breakfast - it happens 1 of a few ways. Breakfast in bed by Daddy, taken to your favorite place by sisters or sleeping in! Then lunch is usually skipped because of breakfast but toes & fingers are usually done at a local salon. Then a party of some kind is had, even if it's only family. Special is what you feel the WHOLE DAY!!! I have a feeling most of these traditions won't change next year when she's Hannah Ray Baker Benjamin (she told us yesterday that she wants to be a Baker forever so she's keeping her maiden name, ahhh). She was talking about her next years birthday and I told her that if it's a weekend they could come over and stay the weekend. Well her eyes lite up and she ran to Austin & grabbed her phone to see what the day will fall on. He giggled at her & they figured out that next year it would be ON Memorial Day so we discussed going camping as a family. I think by May she will be very comfortable being away from home but right now I think it's hard for her to take. Austin being precious just agrees that they can come stay the weekend. So, Austin and Hannah will start new tradition in their little family and we have all of our amazing memories of amazing birthdays!! So I have enjoyed this birthday day with Hannah like I did the other 18!
This year Ms. Hannah has had 2 days of fun because this is a BIG 1 in all of our minds! Yesterday we all piled up and went to Turner Falls in Oklahoma for the day. We took some friends of all of ours and then some of Ray's family was there camping for the weekend so we got to spend some time with more family. I can't express how amazing our day was. It couldn't have been more perfect!!!
Here are bunches of pics of our day!
The drive was a lot of fun & here is 1 of our stops on the way.
Silly, BEAUTIFUL Hannah
A bunch of them went hiking up the side of the 77 foot waterfall and LOVED it. Here is a few of that.
And then today she, yes, went to breakfast and she got a garden (she said) of flowers and was SURPRISED by her guy and went to see a play that she has been wanting to see SO bad - WICKED!! She got lots of money because that's what she wanted. She's heading to Ikea with Austin tomorrow to buy stuff for their bedroom when they're married. WOW!! Crazy!!
Here she is with her flowers, cookie cake and some of her $$$!!!
I love you Hannah Ray Baker - you are a JOY to your Mother!! You're more precious to me than the day you were born 19 years ago. In fact I LOVE YOU more than the very, very last number!!! I THANK God for you and for your LIFE!!!