S: Happy 12th Birthday Makayla
BC: Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns Philippians 1:3-6
FC: Makayla LaDon Slezak July 19, 2012 | I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
1: And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Phil. 4:8 | akayla, a treasure for your 12th birthday; a book filled with sweet memories, words of encouragement, wisdom imparted and blessings for years to come. This book has been made with much love by many who have been a part of your life. We are so proud of who you have been, are today and will be tomorrow. We cant wait to see how you continue to grow in the Lord all the days of your life. Happy birthday to our sweet daughter, sister, cousin, niece, granddaughter, friend and child of God. We love you more than you will ever know. Happy 12th Birthday
2: But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord Joshua 24:15 | Family Fun | Love one another...
3: "At the end of the day, a loving family should find everything forgivable."
4: My little angel, I am so blessed to be called your dad. I still remember when you were first born. We were so excited to have you. You have always been such a joyful girl. When you were born you didn't even cry. You were talking so much. It was so sweet. And we took that very first picture of you and you were glowing. It was as if the Lord was smiling down on you and He has continued to smile on you every day since. I thank Him everyday for you being in my life. I pray that you always remember how much you are loved and I pray you never lose that joyful spirit. You are such an amazing and beautiful young lady. The Lord has great plans for you, He has gifted you with so much. I love to hear you sing and see you dance and act. You have such a creative, artistic mind. You are so special. I know someday you are going to be a great mom. I see the way you tenderly care for the little ones around you and you do it so naturally. One day you are going to meet a godly man and have a wonderful family. You have already seen that marriage can be a wonderful thing or a very difficult thing depending on your life being centered around Christ I pray that you think about how to be a better mom and wife now and most importantly I pray that you continue to fall in love with Jesus more and more each day so that you can be an example now. Especially As you move into 180 and a new stage in life you will be tempted to fall away from Him. Be careful who you hang out with and be careful to make good God honoring decisions. Life can get harder and more complicated but I want you to know that you will always have Jesus to talk to and your daddy to talk to about anything at all. I am here to love you and protect you, teach and guide you, help and support you through all the trials and all the successes that happens in your life. I love you so much!! -Daddy
5: "Love of my life, joy of my day"
6: The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. Deut. 29:29 | Proud Mom!
9: "I love Makayla because she watches movies with me, plays with me, does school with me, jumps on the trampoline and is a good big sister to me. Happy Birthday; I love you! -Love, Blake
11: My dearest sister, Wow, I can't believe that you are turning 12! I can't even begin to describe what an amazing girl you are. Ever since I could remember, you were the sweetest little girl I had ever known. You're smile would light up a room and your cute little voice would always make me smile. It has been truly a gift from God and a blessing to be your older sister. You mean the world to me and I couldn't imagine a life without you. Even though we may fight or argue, never forget that I love you like no other. I will always be here for you to talk to or just to hang out. I want to be your best friend and a role model for you. I encourage you to continue to love the Lord with all your heart and seek Him every single day. Turning 12 is huge-it's great but has its challenges. I want the best for you and I pray that the Lord would continue to shine through you and to protect you through these hard times that are coming up. I don't want you to be scared but to be ready. Remember that I am here for you if you have any questions or want to talk about anything. You are beginning to turn in to a beautiful young lady who is kind and loving. I truly wish you the best birthday and I want you to know that I love you more and more every single day. I am so proud to call you my sister and proud of the young woman you are becoming. I love you today, tomorrow, and forever. -Maia
13: Our sweet Kayla, We just love and adore you SO much!!! It has been such a great joy to watch you grow from a tiny string bean into a much larger one. HA All kidding aside, we really have adored watching you grow into the beautiful young lady you are blossoming into. You're a great daughter, sister, grand daughter, cousin and MY BEAUTIFUL NIECE. We love you baby girl. Happy Birthday. Thank you for being a great example to our children and showing them what it looks like to love The Lord. PS. Ryan says "Happy Burfday Miss Kayla"! "We having cake mom?" LOVE YOU!!!!! -Tia Kelly, Uncle Jesse and oh yeah....those other two guys (Ryan and Logan) xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox
14: Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Proverbs 31:30 | Homeschooling, BYT, Braces, Piano, Ears Pierced, starting 180, Emma the chicken and many other highlights!
16: Your faithfulness continues throughout ALL generations. Psalm 119:90 | Grandma, Aunt Yvonne, Tottie, Grandpa Ted, Grandpa
17: Great Grandma Betty & Dennis, Nana, Grandpa Brad
20: Friends love at all times. Proverbs 17:17
21: Happy Birthday Kayla!! You are my best friend and I love you so much. I am so blessed to have you in my life. we have been through so much together: winning egg and balloon tosses, passing the swim test at Campus by the Sea, Most Special Shabbat skit with Rhonda, and many fun sleepovers. You are beautiful, funny and creative. I don't know what I'd do without you. Hope you have a great Birthday. love you like a sister, Ella
22: Makayla- Happy 12th Birthday! We are so proud of you in the young lady that you are becoming and you are going to achieve great things. We always enjoy the time we get to spend with you. We love you! Love always Uncle Evan & Aunt Kelsey | uNCLE eVAN & aUNT kELSEY
24: Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27
25: Jason loves Makayla VERY much! He calls her "K-K"! She is a great big sister to him. She is his favorite :) Jason Pendergraft 2-15-10 | 3-12-12 | BUG
27: Jesus | Christmas is our favorite holiday as we spend time together as a family, celebrating the birth of Christ
28: Riah | Natalia
29: Natalia | Sasha | Makayla- It has been amazing to watch you grow up from such a sweet little girl into the admirable young lady you have become. You have such a heart of gold. Your cousins adore you and love you to pieces! Spending time with you is such a treat: dressing up, playing with dolls, playing moms or tea parties, reading books, fun at the beach house, and playing the wii! They will look back at so many fond memories of growing up with Makayla as their big cousin. We pray the Lord's blessing and guidance over you as you seek His will for your life. And that you follow Him, wholeheartedly, all the days of your life. We love you so much! Brandon, Sonya, Natalia, Riah, Sasha
30: Uncle John & Aunt Lee | Makayla Lee and I are so proud of the caring, thoughtful, young woman you have become. We pray that God continues to workout His plan in your life. We are so excited to see what great plans God has for your life. We are very thankful to have you as our niece and we are very proud of the young lady you have become!!! We love you!!!
31: Dear Makayla, You are the sweetest, silliest, most kind niece and friend. I am so lucky to have you in my life! Your face brightens my day every time I see you. In such a short time on this earth, you have been such a blessing. I cannot believe you are already 12 years old, my love. It seems like just yesterday I was holding you in my arms and now you are taller than me! As you continue to grow into the wonderful little woman you are transforming into, I will always be here for you if you ever need anything. I cannot wait to see where life is going to take you KK! Love you, Auntie Erin | UNCLE ADAM | AUNTIE ERIN
32: It has been such a blessing getting to know you better in this last year! We had you do your very first dive here in our pool :) woohoo!!!! and you were over the moon excited when you did it! I also want you to know that you are such a testament to the way your mom and dad raise you and when I see you and look at your behavior, that was a big factor in why I am going to homeschool Alex next year! You left a lasting impression on me when you were here for a swim day and accidentally jumped on Alex and you came to me and told me. Most kids would have looked the other way, blamed it on someone else...not you! I admired the fact that you were so very open and honest with me, but you did the right thing. I know adults who don't show that kind of character! Anyway, you are a love and I am so glad that you and Alex are friends and that the friendship will continue to grow in the years ahead. Much love to you & Happy Birthday! The Bates Family | HAPPY 12TH BIRTHDAY, MAKAYLA!!! It has been a blessing to watch you grow up at TRCC. You are a beautiful young lady as well as a SWEET girl and FUN friend!! In God's perfect nature, He made YOU and only YOU for a Good and Glorious reason! Feeling kind of SPECIAL right now? Well, YOU ARE!! And we are so blessed to have you in our life!! This is our prayer for you, sweet girl: "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart be enlightened so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe." Ephesians 1:17-19 We love you!! Love, Lisa, Sierra, and Brooklyn
33: -Sweet Smiley Makayla- Sweetheart, we have such wonderful memories of you growing up into the sweet young lady you are. I'll always remember the baby with the huge smile- so so cute. Your caring heart, and sweet disposition are a blessing to so many, and I'm sure will be used by Our awesome God to continue to do work for His Kingdom! May the years to come be filled with love and laughter, and growth in His Wisdom and Truth We all love you so much! Happy Happy 12th Birthday!!!! Love Mike, Amber, Sierra, Cali & Brooke
34: I will always remember our winter camps together, reading our bibles and talking through friendship troubles on the bus rides home My favorite times with you are singing together, especially when we led worship for my heart my home! I love your friendship and your heart for our God! I look forward to seeing you continue to grow into a vibrant, godly woman! Love you sweetie! Mrs. Karen
35: Makayla, I am so proud of you, and the sweet girl you are turning into. You have such a gentle loving way about you. The way you play with other kids, and love on babies is so awesome to watch. Thank you for being such a great help at the kids birthday party.....they really loved you especially Hailey. I look forward to watching you grow up. The lord made you so special and I can't wait to see where he takes you. Trust that he knows exactly what he is doing with you. Always be sure of who you are in Christ, and continue to let God live in your heart. Chris, Jamie, Cameron, Hailey and Jacob Holcomb | Be strong & courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 | Benevidez Family
36: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:13 | Christmas 2011
37: You Make My Sun Shine | We love Makayla! All of us agree on one thing and that is that Makayla is Love. She always has a smile and a hug. Jesus shines through her. Looking forward to see her grow in the Lord and so blessed she is a part of our lives. Love, The Perez Family
38: Dear Makayla, As one of your Pastor's at the Rock Community Church, I would like to wish you a Happy Birthday. You are a very special young lady. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to teach you in Children's Ministries and Vacation Bible School. You have grown into a beautiful person inside and out. You possess an inner strength and you want to serve others because of your relationship with Jesus Christ. I want you to know how proud I am of you when I see you in the 4th, 5th and 6th grade Praise Team and how you now help with Vacation Bible School. God is using you in a wonderful way. Makayla, always remember this verse from I Timothy 4:12, "Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe." I pray that you will continue to grow and mature in your walk with your Lord. I love you and have no doubt about you succeeding in whatever you undertake. Yours in Christ, Pastor Bill Morris | "lINDY", OUR FIRST RV
39: BYT WIZARD OF OZ 6-2012
40: Happy Birthday Makala. We have loved watching you grow these last few years. You are so loving towards children. You have a leader and servant heart. God will always protect you and love you during the difficult times and bless you always. We love you very much. Michael, Maritza, Derek, Alexandra, and Joshua Camarena. | Maykayla, You are always eager and ready to worship and praise the Lord, either at practice or for Four56 worship on Sundays! Keep on singing. We always appreciate that you treat Catalina like your younger sister. May the love of the Lord continue to shine through you ALWAYS! One of my first memories of you was when you came with the Wards camping. Ella, Jane and Catalina were have fun being picked up so they could dive back into the pool, and you saw them having so much fun , you didn’t want to be left out. Not seeing your Dad around. Thanks for asking me to pick you up! Uggh, but thanks for trusting me enough, I think I’m a few inches shorter, now friendly advice- next time pick a Dad that’s actually taller than you! Have a great 12th Birthday! Alan & Maria Tan
41: We are so blessed to know Makayla and to have her friendship in our lives! Whenever we see her she is always eager to play with Andrew or carry Evan around and show them something cool. It's clear that she loves the Lord and we would be thrilled to have her continue to be an example for our boys. Her love for our kids and outgoing personality are such a joy to be around and we are better people for it. Love, Brian, Amy, Andrew, and Evan Thompson | Dear Makayla; I wanted to wish you a beautiful day on your special day and also tell you what a blessing you are to the children and to Children's Ministries. I love hearing you teach God's Word to the children through stories or with the puppets which they enjoy. You have such a sweet spirit and play the teacher part so well. Thank you for always being so willing to help and doing a wonderful job when you do. What a pleasure it has been to see you grow into a beautiful young lady! May God Bless you always Love you tons! Alma Townsend (froG) | Makayla, You wrote this at church awhile a few years ago and it captures what I cherish about you -- your sweet heart for Jesus. It continues to be a joy seeing you grow in Christ and choosing to follow Him. You demonstrate His love towards us by showing such tender care to others. It always makes me smile seeing you work with the children here at The Rock Community Church. The Lord has truly gifted you and I can't wait to see what He has planned for your future. May you continue to remember and rest in the fact that Jesus does indeed love you unconditionally. Happy 12th Birthday to a wonderful gal inside and out! Love, Jenny Johnson
42: Makayla- You are such a sweet girl who has been blessed with a heart for children. This has been so evident to our family all the times you have made the girls feel included and spent time with them. We so appreciate the love you have shown to our family. Continue to grow in the Lord and strengthen your faith in Him, and remember that He will always be there with you, both in joyous times and in trying times. We can't wait to see how the Lord develops ALL of your wonderful characteristics as you continue to grow into a beautiful young woman, both inside and out!! Love, The Thompson Family Scott, Tracy, Jaelynn, Paityn, Addilyn and Corbin (born 7-3-12) | Dearest Makayla, Happy Birthday!!! We have fond memories of you at our home, in the pool, having fun and being a pure joy to be around! Your joyful spirit encourages us all. Wherever you are, you bring happiness and the Spirit of the Lord. God is using you to be His instrument of light. You are a very special and gifted girl! Thank you for being YOU! We love you! John and Kathy Verhoeven
43: When I think about you and how you have grown, you remind me of a woman who knows what they want and will fight to get them. As a child you used to run up to anyone even strangers and run up for a hug and them to carry you. At the time, it was a little worrisome. But now that is one of your greatest assets. You have so much heart, peace, and kindness in you. In the future I pray you continue to use that. I know that you have a heart of gold and for the Lord. He will lead you to a wonderful life. Use your gifts for Him. That is my only advice. You have always had this sense of overwhelming joy that comes off of you. It's amazing to see. Whether it's school, theater, singing, piano or anything else. I know sometimes you struggle through it. But persistence is strong in you. And though sometimes you see uphill battles. You finish. I and the rest of The Alvarado's love you very much and we are very proud of you. One day soon, you will show the world who you are. And our Lord will be pleased. Dana, German, Kaleb, Neveah and Kristian
44: You are a beautiful young woman who reflects Christ. Thinking of you there are many characteristics that come to mind... You are: Loving Joyful Motherly Helpful Compassionate Kind Merciful Smart Fun Silly Leader Forgiving Resilient Strong Willed Servant & you love the Lord. What a blessing you are to us
45: My Dearest Makayla- Happy 12th Birthday to my sweet daughter! What a fun journey these past 12 years have been. Just like I told Maia when she was 12, that it hasn't been that long ago when I first held you in my arms with such amazement and excitement to share my life with you. You didn't even cry when you were born, you were full of joy and started talking right away. The love I have for you is unconditional and sacrificial. The bible calls this love Agape love which is the same love the Lord has for us. I cant wait for you to experience this kind of love with your own children someday! You have been loved from before the creation of this world, and the Lord has been kind enough to allow me to be your mother. I wish nothing more for you than to have a life that is full of Christ's love and victories! You have always been a joyful, sweet, kind, forgiving, loving, smart girl that has been created to do GREAT things for His kingdom. A perfect creation in the eyes of your Creator! My prayer for you has always been that you would be filled with the Holy Spirit, set apart and bound for eternity. The decision to walk with the Lord will be the MOST important decision you will ever make. Then man you marry will be the next most important decision. I pray that you marry your dad... someone who loves the Lord and treasures you above all things. Don't settle for finding only happiness, but be willing to live sacrificially in order to grow in holiness. This book has been filled with kind words, sweet memories, and wisdom form those who love you and desire to see you grow into an even more beautiful young women. I hold these words dear to my heart as your mother, teacher, helper, shepherd, trainer and friend. My prayer for you would be to look through this book often as you walk through trials, temptations and other hardships that come about. And as you read these messages, you would remember the promises of Gods word and how loved you are by those in your life and MOST important that you would see Gods love for you. I pray that you would continue to hate sin, and have a deep conviction for God's Word. That you would be uncompromising and trusting that He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. I pray that you hold fast to the promises set before you, and that you would never take your eyes off the cross. This world will bring you plenty of distraction and lies, but the TRITH is, that our Lord has overcome the world, so stay close to Him. Stay pure in your thoughts, motives and actions so that your decisions would be glorifying to God. I pray you continue to grow in your knowledge and understanding of Gods word, and as a dear friend told me, remember to "READ YOUR BIBLE, READ YOUR BIBLE, READ YOUR BIBLE" The word of God is your weapon, comfort, conviction, strength, hope, joy, faith, trust, love, repentance and the promise of Eternal life for you who believe in Jesus Christ. PRAY without ceasing, and worship in spirit and in truth. Thank you for being an incredible daughter and sister, I hope you have a GREAT 12th birthday as you walk into this new chapter of your life. This is an exciting time, but can also be confusing, but no worries, I will be there for you whenever you need me! Its all part of being a woman who is 'fashioned' in the image of Christ... nothing to be scared of. I hope you enjoy this book and can see Gods hand on your life thus far! I love you more than you will ever know, and I'm thrilled to be your mother all the days of your life! May God bless you, keep you and shine His face upon you! Happy 12th Birthday!- MOM