Happy Birthday, Jenny

The stories your mom and grandma tell about your childhood makes me wish I had known you back then. From the toddler who cried and wanted to send her new baby sister back to wherever she came from, to the adolescent who declared that she would one day become a Supreme Court Justice, you sound like a fun child to be around.

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But I will always remember the first time we met. I’d been hearing about you from Bobby for a few weeks…

“Mom, there’s this girl I’m seeing. We’re going out again.”

“I think I might stay in Champaign this summer, is that OK?”

“She’s pretty special, I think you should come down and meet her”

And so we did. And, we fell in love with you, too.

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Jenny, you are the perfect fit for Bobby. Your personalities complement each other and you bring out the best in him. You challenge him to be all that he can be. You support him in his endeavors whether it is tinkering around the house, or developing a deeper love for the Lord and serving God. You are truly Bobby’s “Helper”

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” – Genesis 2:18 NLT

We loved visiting our newlyweds in your first apartment in Evanston. As a new bride, working your way through law school, you always had time for Bobby and our family. And, what a joy it was when Bobby had all of us down for your graduation celebration. He is so proud to be your husband!

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Jenny, of the many things I admire about you there are two that stand out: Your gracious personality and your loyalty to those you love.

You are gracious: You forgive offenses quickly. You always put other people first. You work hard to maintain and strengthen relationships. You serve the Lord willingly. You try to see things from God’s perspective. And you always have time for what is important.

Your loyalty to your family is observable in your words and actions. You and your sisters have each others’ backs no matter what. You look for the best in each other and you quickly give the benefit of the doubt. Your devotion to your family is admirable. Your unending prayers for them are a testimony to your faith in God.

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But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children – with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. – Psalm 103:17-18 NIV

Your mom and dad must have done many things right to raise a young woman who loves both them and the Lord so deeply.

I am so thankful that you are a part of our family. As you know, I have prayed for you since before I met you. It is my privilege to continue to pray for you, both as your mother-in-law and as your friend.

10 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Jenny

  1. Sandy Cunneff

    Marcia, I sure didn’t want to start off my day in tears. What a beautiful message for your sweet daughter-in-law Jenny. You are blessed for sure but she is doubly blessed to have you as her momma now. Happy Birthday Jen! Love you Marcia. ❤️

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  2. lisa peterson

    I didn’t think I had any tears left after this weekends’ retreat celebrating our relationship with Jesus, BUT here I am again with tears in my eyes. I pray that my girls may find men who fit with our family and our beliefs. Will call later to talk Love you

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  3. Mary Ann Knapp

    This was beautiful!! I love jen so much and see all these qualities in her too!! I am so grateful for our daughter in law Alexa who I love so much and can see where she is God’s perfect one for Luke. She delights my heart when I think of her and at that time I thank God for His provision of her to our family….but most of all to our son Luke. Thank you for sharing, writing , and blessing those of us who read!


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