Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Happy 21st Birthday Bethany!

Bethany, what a joy you are to our home! From your sparkling brown eyes to your creative and caring ways, we are so grateful for you! It has been incredibly special to watch as you have grown from a cute little girl into a beautiful young lady -- and one of my very best friends. I will always treasure our adventures together: shopping for new outfits, brainstorming a new decorating project, experimenting with hairstyles, team-working on a photo shoot, or late night chats wondering if you'd ever decide it was bedtime! [smile]

And most of all I've been personally encouraged and challenged by your tender walk with the Lord. Seeing the many ways He has used your talents to minister to others. Praying over new opportunities and decisions. Discovering your Scripture memory cards hung by the laundry shelves. You are a blessing!

We love you, Bethany!!!

"...being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;" Phil. 1:

Little known facts about Bethany --
  • Favorite color has always been purple
  • Likes chocolate (Oops! -- this was supposed to be little known facts!)
  • No one remembers teaching her how to read
  • Doesn't like carbonated beverages
  • Totalled our minivan this January when a vehicle ran a stop sign -- no injuries.
  • Can touch her tongue to her nose (impressive, eh!?!)
  • Has single-handedly moved our mountains of laundry for over 5 years
  • Is currently working on memorizing Philippians


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday. Have a very special day.


Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BETHANY!!!!!! May God bless you GRANDLY today. I really mean it!


Happy 21st Birthday Bethany!!! :)
It's neat because I was born July 30, 1986 :) You're just 20 days older then I. :) Anyway,:) I hope you have a wonderful day!! God Bless!
In Christ,
Emily :)

Anonymous said...

HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY!!! Hope you are having a super wonderful day.

Ryebread said...

Happy Birthday, Bethany!! May God richly bless your next year as you walk with HIM!

Andrea said...

Happy, happy Birthday, Bethany!!!! Being 21 is GREAT!!!! I hope you have a super wonderful day! I'm counting down the days until I see you again! :-)

Laura said...

Happy Birthday Bethany!! :)

The Ansons said...

Happy birthday! :) Did not know you could do the tounge to the nose trick, thought it was just an Ulmer family thing!

garcie said...

Happy Birthday Bethany!!!!
i to hope you have a great day:)
21, WOW!!!!

Happy Birthday again,Grace c.

Suzanne said...

Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Coeur d'Court said...

Happy Birthday Bethany! I hope you have a special day and greatly enjoy the year ahead. I'll have to get you to do the tongue trick for me some time. :)

Kris said...

Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday dear Bethany!
Happy Birthday to You.

Hope you have a great day...what is left of it, I really enjoy talking with you at camp, and really missed the late night "chats" that we had! :)

God Bless You!

Doogie J. said...

Happy Birthday, Bethany! Enjoy being 21, it only lasts for a year! May God continue to bless you and provide safety, not only for you but for all fifteen Wissmann's.

Jacob said...

Yeah, happy birthday! BTW, anybody can trth dr trng tw dr nth. But I am impressed about the self-taught reading thing!

It's cool to see how you two have such a close relationship. It's a testimony to the Lord's power.

And thanks for keeping us up-to-date! --Jacob

abi said...

Oh, Bethany! Were do I begin?!!? You have been such an incrediable blessing in my life! Your rich love for Jesus justs eeks out all over! I'd have to echo what, Rachel, said about the memory cards hung downstairs...they've challenged me too!(smile) Thank you for living your life in harmony with our Savior's, so that others see HIM when they look at YOU!!!

May He bless you in abundantly in the year to come!

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (that is supposed to be 21!:)

I love you,

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Bethany! I thank the Lord that He has given me a sister like you. You continually challenge me to grow!
Love ya' sis! RW

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Bethany!!
Hope you had a wonderful day! July is a good month to pick to be born in, I chose it as well. :D I've said it before ,but it is worth repeating, we really do enjoy your blog site. Keep following His leading! He is truly the only One worth serving! He's far better than folling the devil and infinitely more enjoyable and spectacular than living for ourselves!
JConner Ps.90:17

Kori said...

OH!! I hardly made it! It's no longer your birthday here, but it still is in Nebraska! I told you already this morning, but, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! It was so much fun to spend half of today with you! I hope you had a great rest of the day! Love you, Bethany!!

tfp said...

Happy Birthday photographer lady.

BrittLeigh said...

Dearest Bethany... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I know, this is a little late but it does make the birthday last a little longer, eh?? ;) I just wanted to say how special you are to me and how thankful I am that God let our paths cross 13 months ago. Your friendship has been so special to me!

And how fun it was to get to share your special day with you. I love you so much!! I pray the Lord blesses you abundantly in this next year of your life. (((HUGS)))

~Dustynne Noelle said...

Oh, I finally got to THIS blog! I see now what was confusing me so badly when I looked at your comments and saw people saying Happy Birthday! ;)
Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday! I can't believe you're 21! Well, you're only 8-1/2 years older than me... :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Bethany. Although not many people would look at it this way, you're only so much closer to glory! God bless you as you celebrate another year that He has granted to you.

Esther said...

Happy Birthday, Bethany!
It has been a blessing to be able to get to know you over the past however long it has been. :) I, too, do not like carbonated beverages. I used to, but it's been almost 5 years.
Yes! July IS the best month for a birthday! Mine is the 27th. My brother Ben turned 11 on the 10th- exactly 10 years younger then you!!
God Bless you!

Nicole Marie said...

I too want to say happy birthday! :) Thanks for being a great example of what a godly young lady looks like in today's culture. You have been a blessing in my life, since that first day we met around an old schoolhouse playing "Annie, Annie Over"! :)
Can't wait to see you all at OT!
Love ya sister - Nicole

Naomi said...

Happy Birthday Bethany!

Bob said...

Happy Birthday hope that you had a special day. Bob Payne May God bless you in the coming year

Bob Payne

Melanie said...

I am very very late...but I hope you had a wonderful birhtday Bethany! You are so sweet and I am so grateful to know you. Reading your blog has encouraged me so much!

Love you and can hardly wait to see you and your family in a few weeks!

Woohoo!!...Northern Minnesota or Bust!