I wanted to write a little in honor of Karissa (her birthday is Aug 17th). She is a blessing in so many ways. She is always adorned in a sweet and quiet spirit. She is truly a Proverbs 31 woman in the making: "Her worth is far above rubies. Her [dad] safely trusts her. She seeks wool and flax [and anything else they sell at JoAnns or Michaels ] and willingly works with her hands." She is always willing to help with the younger children. She is always happy and humble enough to play with the younger children. She loves sewing and painting and scrapbooking and dancing and piano and classical music and sign language and all kinds of other wonderful things for a 15 year old to love. She is just every dad's dream daughter. I'm so blessed by her in so many ways. She is kind and submissive and compassionate and helpful. She always puts others (including her brothers and sisters) before herself. She doesn't have to be the first in line or have the best seat or get the most attention. She is a godly woman and she is going to make some undeserving man a happy husband some day (if he survives me ;). She is a blessing to her entire family and is a true picture of femininity and virtue. It is a pleasure being her father. Happy 15th birthday Karissa!!!