It started with being born on June 12, becoming part of an "us" on January 12, and becoming a mom on October 12. I've celebrated special people in my life with birthdays or anniversaries that fall on the 12th (July 12, November 12), and remembered a special friend who is running with Jesus now, who also happened to have a February 12 birthday. I've used the twelfth of the month to write about my meaningful Mother's Day, which fell very close to that date. I pointed out the irony in all our former addresses (312). I've discussed things I love, like music, eggs, and donuts. I've shared my favorite Bible verse (Proverbs 13:12).
To be honest, it's a little bittersweet to write my last installment in this Series 'O Twelve. Any guesses what today's topic will be?
Here's what I'm not going to write about, which receive an honorable mention:
The Last Repeating Date of My Lifetime
1-2-1-2-1-2 : Sound Check Day
The 12 Days of Christmas
The Grand Finale of the 12 Series, is ... my neice, Joelle.
Ah! I love this kid!! Today, on 12/12/12, Joelle turns 2! When Joelle was born, I wrote this:
"...I pray that she finds a friend some day like her mom has been to me."God has already started to answer that prayer. Joelle is such a beautiful, loveable, friendly little girl. She's got a pretty big fan club for being a two year old.
And yes, she's already got her momma's friend skills - she is Levi's all-time bestie. I hoped they would be close some day, but I never expected these two year olds to talk about each other the way the do.
Every day when I ask Levi what he wants to do today, he says, "See Gielle! Play toys!" (That's how he pronounces Joelle.) At night he asks to pray for "Uncle Josh, Jon-a-nin (Jocelyn), and Gielle."
Joelle and Levi have brought an incredible dynamic into the life of our family, as I'm sure that most grandchildren do. I know this is normal, but it is amazing to watch these relationships unfold and blossom first hand. If our family had only Levi or Joelle, I'm sure it would have still been incredibly special, but the fact that God chose to bless my brother and I with children just four months apart in age is icing on the cake. In fact, I think I'd place that in my top five favorite things God has ever done in my life.
You are truly a joy. I hope you and Levi continue to be the best of friends, getting each other in trouble for the next couple years while it's still cute, but keeping each other out of trouble and accountable when you're older. For your second birthday, I'm praying that you understand what a fulfillment of hope YOU were and continue to be! I can't wait to see what a beautiful, intelligent, and caring person you grow into. Happy birthday, sweet girl.