Nov 10, 2009


It seems like just last week we were celebrating Victoria Leigh's fourteenth birthday.
The birthday menu pleased her papa, the Salesman, and there were generous vegetable servings for Audra, our resident vegetarian:
Bacon-Wrapped Fillet Mignon
Sauteed Mushrooms
Grandma Geraldine's Green Bean Casserole
Peppers and Onions
Garlic Toast
I'm affectionately referring to this celebration as the cheesecake festival. It had been quite some time since I made a cheesecake. The last time I made one, the Salesman had requested cherries on the top. Miss Fifteen wanted chocolate to grace her cake. I melted chocolate and piped random designs on wax paper to top of the whipped cream and berries. Victoria, appropriately had a *V* on her slice. Victorious Victoria!
Audra's looked like a butterfly and the Salesman's looked like a spider web.
Mine looked like a bird.
I did not plan this at all. It was delicious and delightful. And speaking of delicious and delightful, Victoria Leigh, you are sweeter than cheesecake! I love you! Dearly! Happy Fifteenth Birthday Darlin'!
Today, Victoria Leigh, you stand on the sweet threshold of another year
You darlin' Baby, are a precious gift from God, and to my heart, so very dear.
15, Fabulous 15

Your spirit is strong, you are not faint of heart, God placed strength in You, from the start
You delight me with Our Father's creativity in songs, music, painting and various arts.
15, Favored 15

Childish ways behind you and walking a narrow path with the Father at your side
A lovely young woman you are, and faithfully, in Him, I pray you always abide.
15, Faithfully 15

Your carefree ways, your relaxed demeanor, your smile, your lingering hugs,
Blesses my heart and darlin', He graced you with the cutest button-nose mug.
15, Fun 15

With joyful anticipation you carefully crafted your birthday plans
Your determination, creative mind- gifts from the One who holds your life securely in His hand.
15, Finally 15

Go forward 15, darlin' 15, within you is hope, His Spirit, a fire, a lamp light,
May 15 be a year lived in His glorious power and by His glorious might.
15, Fruitful 15

Great things are ahead of you, Baby, as you step through the door
God's plans, His way, His lamp fanned into a flame within you and so much more.
15, Victoria Leigh, 15


Joy said...


You wrote that that so beautifully and from your heart.

What a wonderful party! What beautiful daughters you and The Salesman have.

Happy Birthday Victoria! You are a fortunate young lady!

Andrea said...

Happy 15th Birthday. GOD BLESS,

Leah said...

What a beatiful piece. Your sweet girl is beautiful. The cheesecake looked divine!!


fuzzytop said...

I loved your poem Lora! Such beautiful sentiments and so beautifully written!

... and if I had to choose a one word descriptor for you, I'd choose "serene". Yup, I would :o)


Cindy said...

A beautiful poem for a beautiful 15 year old. Happy Birthday Victoria.


B His Girl said...

You made it special Lora. Love it. Happy 15 Victoria! b

Fairy Footprints said...

What a wonderful blog, Happy 15th Birthday what a fun time.


Ginger said...

Such precious words! I love how special and elegant you made the party!

LisaShaw said...


You're too old to be my Mother but I know if I had grown up in your home I would have been so incredibly blessed (smile). Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter.

I love you.

非凡 said...

I'm appreciate your writing skill.Please keep on working hard.^^

Andrea said...

This tribute to your daughter is so lovely, and Victoria is absolutely beautiful!

God has blessed you richly with a wonderful family. Thank you for sharing with us.

Many blessings to you.


© Jennifer Raley said...

Let's see, I saw your blog on Dwelling in the House. I've read a couple of posts. The birthday and the rose. Wow. Praise the Lord. I'm blessed. I'm wondering can I add yet another blog to read up on??? Oh, I have to. I'll be back. Hope you stop by my blog. Thank you. Jenn

lisasmith said...

Beautiful 15!!

Lora, you know I always come here to find a piece of home :) you certainly know how to make a peaceful, safe haven. bless you!!