This young lady turns 12 today (the one on the left, with the shorter ears). Named for her great-grandmother (Mrs. Callicott), everyone who had the privilege to know them says that they have the very same sweet, calm, peaceful, servant-hearted, loving, gentle, kind, gracious, considerate, thoughtful, self-giving personality.
She's a beautiful gift of God to her mother and me. I remember fondly the time when she was just a little toddler -- barely able to walk. Her big brother had busted his nose and was bleeding nicely. Her mom & I were sitting in the kitchen, gathered around her brother, trying to stanch the flow of blood. Calli looked at her brother over our shoulders for a moment, & then quietly toddled out of the room. A moment later she toddled back into the room with three or four lengths of toilet paper in her hand. She unobtrusively slipped in between her mom & I, reached up to her brother's face, and began drying his tears with the toilet paper.
That's her. Compassionate. Level-headed. Steady. Strong. Generous. Helpful. Discretely self-effacing.
Calli, my prayer for you on this birthday is that you may grow more and more in your grasp of the blessing and hope of eternal life, by your maturing knowledge of the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom he has sent. John 17.3.
Do not let your adorning be external... but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.
... 1 Peter 3.3, 4