Do you remember your 16th birthday?

Because yesterday we hosted one that I will never, ever forget.
For a sweet girl who is changing the world.

Meet Kailyn.
She is the oldest of five girls in one of the most talented
families you could ever have the pleasure of meeting.

{Her mom Richelle is the creator of pretty much each recipe I post here.
Kindyl made this amazing cake.}

She plays bass and sings for our youth group worship band.
She loves her family.
She loves her friends.

But most of all she adores Jesus.
She has a huge heart.
and the most generous spirit.

She decided {completely on her own}
that instead of gifts she wanted to give water to Africa.

Who does that?

Kailyn does.
You wouldn't believe how much money she raised.
How many lives were saved.
We love you Kailyn.
We are so proud of you.
Happy Birthday!


  1. Ahhhh, how cool is that? And what 16 year old would do that? - An AMAZING one - that's who!

  2. That's precious.. She's beautiful!

  3. does this family have a blog? i have 5 children and abGod-given love of creativity and could use some daily inspiration from someone who has paved the way!!!!

  4. What a beautiful person she is; so selfless and generous. If only the world had more like her. <3

  5. What an inspiration!!! such a beautiful young girl- inside and out!!
    Happy Birthday Kailyn!
    Many Blessings!

  6. That's so wonderful! Happy Birthday to her!

  7. Fabulous!!!! A very happy birthday to a woman who will someday help change our world.

  8. What a sweet girl!

    Do you know how much she did raise? I'd love to hear!

  9. This brought tears to my eyes. Happy Birthday to Kaylin! What an amazing & awesome girl.

  10. If this was a facebook post, I would so click LIKE so the thumbs up icon would appear... Love this!

  11. If this was a facebook post, I would so click LIKE so the thumbs up icon would appear... Love this!

  12. Wow. Now that really is amazing. Most 16 year old think of themselves. She is thinking of others. What an example. That just made my day.

  13. wow! seriously, that's all i got on this one. wow!

  14. Way to set an example Kailyn!!!

  15. happy birthday Kailin!
    (that spirit is only natural when it's The Spirit in you; wish there were more 16 year olds like you around)
    great post, Julie

  16. WOW. That's so amazing. What a wonderful girl!

  17. She is one amazing young woman!

    Her "invitation" brought tears to my eyes.


  18. Wow, such a beautiful (inside and out), sweet girl. I'm glad she's in the world to be a blessing to others and may her blessings run over as well. Can we clone her?

  19. thats so cool.
    hope her day was fabulous :O)

  20. WOW!! What an amazing and generous young lady. And pretty too! Thanks for sharing!

    p.s. I gave you an award on my blog- Lemonade Stand Award!

  21. What an unselfish girl. Much admiration!!!
    Hope she had a good birthday with her family!

  22. Wow! What an amazing girl! God is definitely using her to do mighty things. It's so encouraging to see teenagers like Kailyn in today's world. Teens like her are far and few between. Happy Birthday, Kailyn!

  23. Aw thats REALLY COOL!!!

  24. What a lovely young lady with a HUGE heart! You can tell she will do amazing things with her life!!

  25. That cake is amazing! She's twelve!? Seriously? Amazing. Please tell her it's beautiful.

    Happy Birthday to an amazing 16-year-old. :)