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“It is natural and good that we delight in the little things with our children. God didn’t command mothers to rejoice over elbow dimples and the smell of a new baby’s head. He didn’t tell us to smile over them while they sleep, or to love the way they look in footie pajamas. He didn’t tell us these things, because He didn’t have to. That is the natural love of a mother for her children. But the love that we need, the reminders we need, is to love them, not for our own sake, but for what God is doing through them. We need a supernatural love. We need to believe in the victory, to mother in faithful confidence. …These mouths we are feeding — these are the mouths that God has ordained to use to silence the enemy.” -R. Jankovic

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Happy Birthday to our Mama dear! Thank you for mothering in faithful confidence. Thank you for teaching us to love Jesus with our whole hearts, to work hard, be joyful, and follow him- even when a leap of faith seems to be your only transportation.

We love you dearly! XO, Kayla


  1. Kirstin says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Dear Friend!
    Love you and appreciate you!!

    love R. Jankovic… she starts with elbow dimples and footie pajamas and ends with silencing the enemy! I have never read anything she has written without being completely encouraged!

  2. Tammy says:

    Happy Birthday most beautiful daughter of the King! You are such a precious sister, Stephanie. I don’t think you know the impact you’ve had in my life through your example of loving God and loving others. Thank you for being obedient to the Lord and for your love!

    You are dearly loved sweet friend.

    May the Lord bless Stephanie and keep her; may the Lord make His face shine on Stephanie and be gracious to her; may the Lord turn His face toward Stephanie and give her peace.

    • Steph says:

      Ok – been spending most of my birthday so far with tears in my eyes! Thank you for this uplifting and edifying comment. You are SO sweet and SO missed. Love you!

  3. Lisa says:

    Oh Dear Friend….What a treasure you are. Happy Birthday! These pictures of Eliza are absolutely gorgeous. Kayla…what a beautiful tribute to your worthy mama.

  4. Sandra Endress says:

    follow him- even when a leap of faith seems to be your only transportation. Love this Kayla Mae…beautifully and thoughtfully written. What a wonderful tribute to your godly mom. We have no greater joy than to know our children walk in truth.

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