Sweet 16

Has it really been 16 years since I first held her in my arms that snowy January evening? It seemed we had waited so long… we had been married 7 years. That was a long time? Then tell me how 16 years could possibly have gone by so fast?

When I was about 16 I discovered this poem that stuck with me through the years. I have tried to instill this truth into my children. As my daughter stands on the brink of womanhood, this is what I want for her:The Rose

It is only a tiny rosebud–
A flower of God’s design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.

The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I–
The flower God opens so sweetly
In my hands would fade and die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God’s design,
Then how can I think I have wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?

So I’ll trust Him for His leading
Each moment of every day,
And I’ll look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.

For the pathway that lies before me
My Heavenly Father knows–
I’ll trust Him to unfold the moments
Just as He unfolds the rose.

–Charlie Gilchrist


  • Toots

    Such a beautiful cake, table decor, and poem. So true. I’m thankful we have our trust placed in Him and that we can trust Him with our precious children.
    Happy Birthday to your sweet-16 gal!

  • Joy

    Happy Sweet 16 to your daughter! Love the pretty cake you made and the poem too.
    I have tagged you for to do a fun Meme.. pop over to my blog and check it out!

  • TattingChic

    Happy Birthday to your darling daughter!!! Lovely poem!
    Karla! I am honored to take responsibility for your desire to learn to tat, LOL! However, you get to do all the work of learning and then you get to take all the credit for the beautiful things you are going to learn to make! If you would like to purchase one of Georgia’s shuttles I put the link to her website on the “Confessions of a tat-o-holic” post. Somewhere there should be her email address and you can contact her via email to find out more about the shuttles. Yes, a cheapie plastic one from Michael’s is all you need to make beautiful bits of tatted lace! 🙂 Good luck and I look forward to your progress!

    TattingChic! 🙂

  • Maggie R

    What a beautiful post. The poem says it all. My line when I am in a frenzy is “Let go, Let God”.
    I am saving your poem.Thanks so much for sharing.
    Your birthday girl is a treasure for sure…. Enjoy the moments… and HEY!!!!
    BTW I was tickled to hear someone else has the tatting bug!!!! ME TOO
    I have had a shuttle for years and still can’t do it. I too was looking at the videos on UTube and tutorials. I loved tatting chicks shuttle…. I want one too!! hee hee
    waving from VERY COLD,snowy, southern ontario, canada…

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