Friday, May 11, 2012


Elena is 13!

Thirteen years of joy, laughter, tears, trials, and triumph.
We thought we'd share thirteen things we love about Elena:

1- her big beautiful smile that lights up the room
2- her outgoing personality - she's never met a stranger
3- how her golden brown eyes sparkle in the sunlight
4- her need for independence - it has made her strong and confident
5- her singing
6- her perseverance - when others might give up, she continues to stand
7- her love for making crafts, both large and small
8- her friendliness - she cares for all people - young and old
9- she's smart - oh, so smart
10- her creativity
11- her strength in both mind and spirit
12- how she finds joy in the little things
13- she's courageous even when she doesn't want to be

She's amazing! She's strong! She's beautiful!
We are so thankful for her!

In Him,
The Tates

"Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love."
 1 Corinthians 13:13


  1. Yes! Every single one of these things about Elena is true! This is why I love her so! She is so awesome! If someone is sad, she knows just how to lift your spirits! You go Elena! Keep doing what you do because you are great at it! I love you!

    Lots of Love,
    Micah V. 7th grade

  2. We hope you had a wonderful birthday yesterday, Elena!! Officially a teenager!! You are growing into a beautiful young lady!!

    Many birthday blessings,

    The Hartmans

  3. Happy Birthday beautiful!!!! You are a teenager! We love you!