Sweet Sixteen!!!!!

Anna- with make-up 
Anna, 7 months
Anna, 1 year old, Naomi in the background
About 1 1/2
Two years old
About 3, look at those baby blues!
About 9 months
4 years
Anna's kindergarten picture
chicken pox!
12 years
ooh la la!
Happy Birthday!
Just for laughs!
May 23rd marked Sixteen years since our darling, Anna-Renee Ruth Houston, was born. Since ladies' retreat was the next day, we celebrated with lunch and a year-late birthday gift...getting her ears pierced! We will be giving her her party in June. At sixteen, we present our daughters with a hope chest. Instead of a party filled with peers and silliness, we instead invite couples who have been influential in their lives to come. If they choose to bring her a gift, we have them bring something to put into her hope chest, along with the reason why they chose that item. It is our desire to instill in our children the importance of "putting away childish things" as they get closer to adulthood. This isn't to say we don't allow them to be silly and have fun, it is just that we want them to know that there is a time and a place for that and a time and place to be sober minded. Don't worry, we still have plenty of fun!!!! Sixteen is also the age we allow our daughters to start wearing make-up. This is always hard on Daddy! He makes sure they know, in no uncertain terms, that they really DON'T need it, but that it is allowed. Our rule on this is that, if they are or become rebellious in spirit, they do not get make-up until they turn 18. I am so thankful that both of my girls have had a sweet and submissive spirit as they seek to honor their daddy in this and all other areas!


  1. Happy Birthday Anna

  2. 16! im beginning to feel old!(sort of) i don't know what im going to do when my boys get to be that age! a beautiful spirit she has! love her to pieces! happy birthday Anna!

  3. It is amazing how time flies...
    I cannot believe she is 16!!!

    Happy Birthday (again) Anna!!
    You are the sweetest young lady & are truly a blessing. Love ya!

  4. A belated Happy Birthday to Anna---you are a dear, sweet young lady and we love you.

    The Olsens

  5. Wow 16 already?? Time sure flies it seems like just yesterday Anna and Emilee were only 8 and we were just arriving in Washington. Now they are both beautiful young ladies.

    In Christ,
    Brother Rick Potvin
    Pr. 3:5-6

  6. Happy Sweet 16 Birthday Anna! I love your photos!You look beautiful with makeup!!:D May God bless you on this special day! You are 16 going on 17 innocent as a rose!!;) Happy 16 birthday!! LOve you!!
    Celeste Warring
    Proverbs 31

  7. Happy Birthday (again) Anna! You are a sweet girl. I love you and pray for you often! Hugs, Your friend, Mrs. Potvin


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