Happy Birthday Brooke

Dear Brooke,
You turn 12 today
{that is scary and I cannot believe we almost have a teenager}

Today on your birthday I want to share some things that I want you to never forget. 

As you grow up there are things I want you to know...

  • You are beautiful no matter what you look like, you are unique and beautiful. God made you just the way you are. 

  • Lady-like behavior is not weakness.  It’s being gracious, kind, and hospitable.  It’s having enough respect for yourself and consideration for others to dress modestly, speak kind words, and maintain self-control even when you’re angry.  It’s difficult to be lady-like in today’s culture.  But, it’s worth it.
  • You should never date a man that you already know you shouldn’t marry.  Every marriage began with a first date.  If you know he is bad news, if you know you are incompatible, if you know he isn’t a Christian, don’t go out on a date with him.  Once you fall in love it’s hard to see clearly where your mistakes are being made.

  • Make it your goal to be healthy, not thin.  There is more to life than dress size.
  • There will be things about your body that you will dislike for your entire life.  Try not to obsess over them.  Just remember that everyone else is too worried about their own bodies to think much about yours.

  • Don’t be afraid to love people.  Women naturally feel things deeply, but too much fear of being hurt will keep us from giving ourselves away for the people we care about.  You may get hurt.  Love anyway.
  • God made you who you are for a purpose.  He will use your unique gifts.  Be grateful, love Him well, and trust Him to make you a woman with a heart like His.
Above all, remember that your momma loves you so much, I am your biggest fan and I will always be here for you. Spread your wings and fly baby girl. We Love you 

So many great things come in 12s: months in a year, inches in a foot, donuts, eggs, roses, hours on a clock, zodiac signs, members of a jury, drummers drumming, birthstones and, most importantly, you.

I always share my birth story on her birthday, you can find it here

 I was 19 when I got married, Andrew 20, all I ever wanted was to get married and be a stay at home mom... So we decided we would work on that right away, some people choose to wait, we didn't and not once have been sorry!!!

We found out about Brooke in Nov of 2002 and wanted to wait til Christmas to tell our family, well that didn't work out like planned bc I got to sick and my mom was really worried... So we broke the news to her, there were tears of happiness all around....

It was a long nine months... I was sick and still in college, I had to take time of from school and be admitted in hospital, I had kidney stones and was so sick....
Andrew lost his job and we had to move to a new city, at 8 months pregnant and had a time trying to find a doctor, found one I really disliked, he had no bedside manners, I was due Aug 12, 2003.
 I went to see him July 28 and he said I dilated 3 cm and would give birth early that morning, he also went ahead and stripped my membranes, I still really didn't think this was it, sure enough I woke at 630 am and needed to pee, before I stepped out of the bed, my water broke, I told Andrew I had peed my pants, he said no your water broke, ( how was I suppose to know ;)) I had no pain and had no reason to go to hospital, called my parents and told them I was in labor, SO I showered, ate, pack my bag because I still had time to go, my due date was August 12, so why would it be packed ;) we got to hospital around 8 am, they checked me and I am 6 cm dilated, they take me to labor and delivery, they told me to take a shower and relax, I had one of the best showers of all time,contractions were so much easier in the hot shower,  once out of the shower I am 9cm and ready to bring my baby into the world, with only mom and dad there to meet our bundle of joy!

The nurse hurries to get a doctor to deliver my baby, no doctor makes it, she is delivered by an intern at 8:54 am after 15 mins of pushing,and no medications for pain 
Brooke Lynn Grothe, 8lbs 4.1 ounces!! The nurse was so impressed and kept telling me to come back anytime, hahaha. 

I consider myself to be a very blessed mother, I am blessed with a healthy baby girl who is my pride and joy!

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  1. What a blessing your daughter is for your family. I hope she had a fantastic birthday!

  2. Awe. I love this .Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter. Such a nice keepsake for her. Also loved that you shared her birth story .

  3. Awwww loving the photos!!! So cute!!! Happy Birthdya Brooke!!!!

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