That was years ago! Ode to Mariah



She was born all pink & sorta pudgy…

she’d make a cute little “birdy beak” with her mouth if she was hungry

and if we noticed that little birdy face soon enough she wouldn’t even cry.

That was 19 years ago.

She’s still beautiful, not pudgy, and is slow to complain.

She’d smiled often. Laugh easily. Stand up on a little chair & sing out

countless songs of happy praise to Jesus.

That was years ago…

but she still does all those things (well, everything

except for standing on little chairs!)


When she was a toddler/preschooler, our youth ministry was hundreds of students

in Youngstown Ohio &  she was in the thick of it… and assumed that ALL

teenagers in the entire city were “her REPO kids!”  I had to watch her

carefully in the mall cuz she’d manuver her stroller closer to teens

and then just chat it up with them… even if they were complete strangers.

(She opened the doors for us some great conversations that way).

That was years ago.

But today she can still be found talking to strangers about the love of Jesus.

Her elementary school teachers loved her cuz she was nice to everyone.

So nice that the she was purposely seated next to the “class trouble maker”

for three straight years because she could “handle him and get him to

settle down & do his work!”  (And then she had to deal with him at home, too,

cuz he lived one house down from us!)

That was years ago.

But she’s still a kind, smiling face to a variety of people.


After completely her first year of Jr. High, God moved us to Detroit… and

her homeschool career began. It wasn’t easy, but she worked at the transition

with a smile (even when tears filled her eyes). Soon after, when I was

sentenced to “bed rest” for weeks while I was pregnant with her brother,

she stepped up and became the family cook as a 7th grader.

That was years ago.

Now she braces & faces transition with faith… and can totally rock it in the kitchen.


This list could go on… and on & on.

Years worth of stories and memories.

Yes, this beautiful person entered our lives 19 years ago.

And today we celebrate her!

We celebrate, you, Mariah.

Being your Mom is a total JOY!

I loves you years ago,

I love you now.

I’ll love you always!

Happy Nineteenth Birthday!






7 thoughts on “That was years ago! Ode to Mariah

  1. Such a cool post!!
    And I am pretty sure I’ve seen her stand on a chair while singing 🙂 hehe.
    She’s amazing, and yes you could go on about her…awesome young woman!!

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