I think she was the first answer to prayer that I ever got to hold in my hands. Even at six, I had no doubt in my Savior. He and I were already pretty tight. But Kelsey was such a beautiful confirmation, visible and tangible that He really was listening.
Something that a six year old could grasp. Literally.
You see, I had so wanted another sibling. We had a few come through our home, through the foster care system. As much as I enjoyed them, I always knew that they were not ours to keep. Then Mom had a miscarriage. My, at the time, five year old heart was so disappointed that our baby was going to live with Jesus instead of us. So I prayed and prayed for a baby.
For some reason, I still haven't remembered to get my old photo albums from mom's house, so we will have to work with what I already have uploaded on here. Don't worry - she is plenty adorable! I just don't have any baby pics...
She was truly an answer to prayer that I could hold in my hands.
Dad's first foreign mission trip.
They became common after that, and obviously, Kelsey can't remember life before then!
She has always had a flair for the dramatic. (She's the one on the far left)
And a love for costumes.
So when she fell in love with theatre and dance, I can't say we were surprised.
She has participated in and taught dance around the world.
She has already been teaching my sons very useful skills, like how to be gangsta
(See - he caught on quick)
and how to love life with abandon.
When she found someone who shared her love for taking Jesus's word and living it with every breath you take until you cease to breathe...
well, she added him to the family,
and they spent their first year of marriage in Uganda, where he worked as a pilot for a mission agency.
You can read about some of their adventures here.
Mostly, she continues to live up to her name.
She shares it, shines it and creates it in abundance for everyone who comes in contact with her.
Most of all, she is never afraid to tell them who true Joy comes from.
Sadly, I think this is the only picture of the Binkley girls all together taken this calendar year.
I love you Kelsey Joy. Happy 25th Birthday!