To Be Bread and Thread




To Lea on her birth day,
celebrated twenty four years ago with much drama and joy.

And now you feed your students the bread of knowledge
and piece together with threads of love
the brokenness you witness.

We cherish each day with you in our lives…

A farmer’s daughter


May the wind always be in her hair
May the sky always be wide with hope above her
And may all the hills be an exhilaration
the trials but a trail,
all the stones but stairs to God.

When it’s hard to be patient…make her willing to suffer
When it’s ridiculous to be thankful … make her see all is grace
When it’s radical to forgive…make her live the foundation of our faith
And when it’s time to work … make her a holy wonder.

May she be bread and feed many with her life and her laughter
May she be thread and mend brokenness and knit hearts…
~Ann Voskamp from “A Prayer for a Daughter”








9 thoughts on “To Be Bread and Thread

  1. So beautiful! It warmed my heart on this wintry day! And reminded me to pray Ann’s prayer for my own beautiful daughters and granddaughters. Thank you for sharing yours with us, with such joy! God bless you and her!


  2. What a wonderful way to start each year! Celebrating your daughter’s birthday! Beautiful pictures and words.


  3. Deep family love and pride evident in each photo.
    Ann Voskamp;s intimate prayer for Lea – a preview/raison d’etre for Lea’s young life
    now and as it unfolds on her journey….
    Emily and Dan and our Creator-God did good,. Real Good!


  4. Rejoicing with you for Lea, remembering your faith that wintery night that flipped what might have been an insurmountable challenge into a stunningly beautiful example of God’s being with us all the way, in every detail.
    Thank you too for Ann’s poem… I am sure your mother knew ’twas all so for you. Especially I like the last two lines, of you.


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