celebrating her …

“I only deepen the wound of a hurting world when I neglect to give thanks.”

Ann Voskamp from One Thousand Gifts


she is joy personified.


she welcomes, breathless with excitement, each new moment of the day.


she  feasts on kisses, is free with her hugs.




she is  so pretty it hurts.


she is bossy  (ahem – cough! —  like her mama).


she keeps  her daddy’s heart tucked in the crease of her elbow for safekeeping.




she  sings scratchy, like Janis Joplin.


she chooses ridiculous names for her animals, but pronounces them with utter conviction.


she serves tea to guests and  demands that they drink it.

she is  a firecracker of a daughter …



smoochy smoochy big sister …



and a hand-holding best friend


she is  tutus and crawdads and an everyday reminder that there is always … ALWAYS … a reason to praise.


and today, we give thanks for all 3 years of her.


happy birthday, oLivia drae beasley.

you are loved much.



  1. ashley

    oh, this is a perfect description of sweet livi drae! every word is her…she truly is joy personified!! happy 3rd birthday, sweet liv…ashee loves you so!

  2. chad

    Livi is such an amazing little lady. She is a mirror image of her mother and father. Their love for God, friends, family and life in general shine through every time I get to see Livi. Happy Birthday Livi Drae! I love you!!

  3. Amanda Pilkinton

    Happy Birthday Livi! You are so special and I hope you have a wonderful day!!!

  4. Robbie

    Happy Birthday Livi!!!!

  5. Leslie

    Happy Birthday pretty girl!!

  6. Peggy Stokes

    Keli, your words are BEAUTIFUL. I especially like the subject you chose. Very sweet and very pretty for the BIG little girl turned THREE. You are prayed for. Thank you for your love for our and EVERYBODY’s “BANEY”. Can’t wait to see him.

  7. Leah

    Oh Happy Birthday to that little cutie!! What a sweetie!! 🙂

  8. Lara

    Happy Birthday Livi!