Dear Tenley,

Happy second birthday! We thank God for you every single day & doubly so today- your second birthday! You’ve blessed us in so many ways throughout the past two years and we can’t thank you & your precious, little soul enough for being the one who made us parents.

You have your father absolutely wrapped around your little finger. He will not even deny it for a second. You two are so silly together always dancing in the kitchen, walking around to put you to sleep, making up nonsensical songs or games, and talking about anything & everything; you just love to hear his voice explain anything to you & you’ll say “Talk about that again.” over and over. I love hearing you two giggle together & it makes my heart explode that you inherited one of my favorite things about him- his laugh.

Some of my favorite things about you are your determination, your intelligence that never ceases to amaze me, your tack sharp memory, your smile that blesses anyone who has the pleasure of seeing it, the way you close your eyes so tightly and clasp your hands when we pray, the adorable way that your hair naturally flips out at the ends, your soft voice and the way you pronounce words with your own little accent, when you run and jump around the whole house dancing to “Run Baby Run,” and how you hug so tightly with all of your might.

Even though this is a lovey dovey birthday letter, I’m not going to pretend that your two years have been a breeze. You’ve been a challenge to us; you’ve taught us so much about patience! We wouldn’t change a thing about you & your strong-willed personality, though! We know you’re a force to be reckoned with in this world & you can do anything- absolutely anything- you set your determined mind to with the help of the Lord.

And we can’t forget to mention this: you’re a BIG SISTER now! We didn’t think it’d happen before you turned two since my due date was 12 days after your birthday, but God gave you an early birthday gift in the form of your little brother. I’ll never forget the way you looked at him the first time you saw him! Since he was fresh from the womb, you were pretty concerned with cleaning the goop off of his head, and you said, “Hold it” and “clean him off.” You are going to be the best big sister & we’re really looking forward to seeing you two grow up so close in age to one another.

Thank you, my baby girl, for blessing our home and this world with your joy, your spunk, your persistence, your cuteness, your sense of humor, and your love for us. We LOVE you beyond what words can express & that only gets stronger each day that we get to know you and your unique personality a little bit more. You’re truly fearfully & wonderfully made.

We pray that others will be drawn closer to Jesus through the love that you show them as you continue to grow & learn & love others. We pray that you’ll give yourself grace as you learn to navigate the world even though we know your personality will always motivate you to keep striving toward excellence. We pray that you’ll impact many lives & leave the world with more love than it had when you joined it. We know you were created to do great things & we are here to support you, encourage you, guide you, and, above all, love you through it all!

Happy Second Birthday, Tenley Kay! We love you!


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  • February 24, 2017 - 9:06 am

    Kate - What an absolutly beautiful gift to give your child. A love letter that she can see in the years to come. She is so beautiful. Very blessed to have amazing parents that would keep these memories for her.ReplyCancel

    • February 25, 2017 - 1:56 pm

      Menning Photographic - Thank you! We really hope she’ll cherish our letters when she’s older. :)ReplyCancel

Mill Creek Park has to be one of the best places in the world to take photos! We’re not exaggerating! This place is a gem right here in good old Youngstown & we think sometimes people write it off or take it for granted because they’ve grown up around it, but it truly is a stunningly beautiful place full of nature’s eye candy! When we get to photograph engagement sessions in Mill Creek Park, we always enjoy ourselves & Nicole and Ryan’s engagement session was full of dreamy light & gorgeous Fall colors! Nicole & Ryan crushed on each other since middle school! Isn’t that sweet?! They went to neighboring schools & started officially dating their junior year of high school. They looked amazing for their engagement session & we’re looking forward to their wedding.Mill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkHow cute is this? Just adorable. Mill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkDoesn’t the Fall foliage just make this look like a postcard for a lovely Autumn camping destination? Mill Creek Park, we love you!Mill Creek ParkOkay. . . it helps Nicole is gorgeous & so happy & has a cute outfit & shoes.
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