my valentines day birthday girl turns 20!

i’ve spent some time the last few days thinking about your upcoming birthday. besides the fact that i can’t believe i’m actually old enough to mother a twenty ( wow, that just sounds so grown up) year old i am truly loving watching you grow into the young woman that you’ve become. this last year especially, dad & i have couldn’t have been one ounce more proud of you.

you’ve been able to successfully walk a balance in your life that i believe is truly a challenge.

 we’ve watched your love for the Lord become first and foremost in all you do. it’s evident in how you make decisions. it’s evident in how you love people. it’s evident in how you spend your money and what you chose to invest. it’s evident in how you spend your time. it’s just written all over the canvas of your life.

proverbs promises that if we as parents train up a child in the way he should go, when he grows up he will not depart from it.

you’ve heard me joke a thousand few times that you came out of the womb fiercely independent. i tell my friends that who you are today has little to do with me. having said that, i look at you so often and i see a part of me maybe in how you respond to a situation. i understand when you need your space and the times when less details is better. other days i look at you and see the extrovert, ‘can do’ attitude and sharp wit from daddy gregg.  i see the quest for wisdom and the desire to see the good in everyone you’ve watched in daddy as he truly has loved you as his own biological child. in essence you’ve got a little bit of all three of us wrapped inside your heart cheering you on and championing all you do.

and while you might have been born a strong and confident child, you have a sweet spot and a heart that loves very deeply.

i’ve learned so much from you sweet girl. i look forward to watching your life continue to unfold with  so much excitement that i can hardly stand it.  i’m endlessly thankful and count it as a daily blessing that i am not only savannah’s mama,

i’m savannah’s friend.

happy 20th birthday sweet girl

the best truly is yet to come…


smkbday from paige knudsen on Vimeo.

February 13, 2013 - 10:30 am

dantheman - Happy Birthday sweet girl, Mom said it all perfectly. I am so proud to be your Dad! I love you!!

February 13, 2013 - 10:58 am

Ella - Happy Birthday Savannah!
20 sounds so mature and grown up, no longer a teenager. I know I took that hard. Now at 22, I feel young as ever. (age is really what you make of it- but 20 is a great age.)

Paige, I love your blog! Savannah is a strikingly beautiful girl, and your photos are the best. Wish my mom could take photos like you do.

February 13, 2013 - 11:31 am

lissa - Wow! TWENTY!! It goes SO fast mama! She’s a beautiful girl, inside and out! You done good!

February 13, 2013 - 11:36 am

D'Nese - Happy Birthday to your precious daughter!

February 13, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Kerri - Happy Brithday Savannah! Paige you are the momma to an adult! Wow! And you and Dan should be proud parents~you have both done an OUTSTANDING job raising a daughter who is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside! And Happy Valentine’s Day to the Knudsen Family! XOXO

February 13, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Cheryl - Paige,

I read this post with a lump in my throat. You and Gregg, you, and you and Dan have guided this angel in your life with such ferocious love. It is joy to see. ( even if only through the internet)

You are an inspiration, in just being you.

Savannah, I wish you an amazing birthday.


February 13, 2013 - 1:30 pm

susie - Paige,

This was a beautiful tribute to your daughter. You both are incredibly blessed… you to have such a wonderful young lady for a daughter and her to have such a wonderful, caring mother. You have done an amazing job raising her and your an inspiration to us all. Thank you for sharing. Happy Birthday to your sweet girl.


February 13, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Stacie - Just beautiful . . . . beautiful tribute to a beautiful young lady!

February 13, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Maria - The tears came rather quickly with this post. What a wonderful blessing to mother, and what an amazing young woman SMK is. I can not wait to hear all about what God has planned for her life.

February 13, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Mary Ducharme - Oh Paige, this is such a wonderful Happy Birthday tribute to your beautiful daughter. Happy Birthday to Savannah and a happy day to you.

February 13, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Tammie - Happy Birthday Savahanna, Twenty years seems so old to us Mamma’s but is still so young for our babies. Enjoy the day and continue to be the amazing person that you are, I am sure that you had a HUGE hand in the person she has become Paige. What a great post.

February 13, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Gina - Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl!!

February 13, 2013 - 5:28 pm

Jan Fusco - What a beautiful birthday tribute to your daughter. Where were the beach pictures taken? Looked very much like the gulf coast of Florida where I live.

February 13, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Staci Amy - So, SOOOOO beautiful….the daughter, the words, the mother…every single bit! happy birthday to your sweet girl!

February 13, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Amy Avery - Happy birthday to you Miss Savannah! May your day be filled with happy moments and all the people and things that you love in celebration of you. Savannah, you don’t know me, but I have known you through your momma’s beautiful words as she shares about you here. You have such a beautiful heart and love for the Lord and others. I remember myself at the age of 20 and feeling a true calling to work with young children as a teacher. I resisted that calling for a couple of years. When I did surrender to his calling I found the most pure form of joy I have ever experienced. I have never looked back and my life has been blessed over and over again in the children with whom I am priviledged to work with. You have heard God’s calling for serving others, and I see in you such a love and joy that can only come from Him. Hold on to that gift and let it guide you to all of the many places God has planned for you to shine his light. Many blessings as you celebrate another year as God’s beloved.

February 14, 2013 - 9:30 am

Traci - Happy birthday to your beautiful young lady. 20…hard to believe!!

February 14, 2013 - 10:15 am

Suzanne - Your lovely girl
has true beauty
of spirit matched
by a gorgeous
exterior. What
a blessing she is
not only to you,
but to the world.

Happy B-day, Miss

xo Suzanne

February 14, 2013 - 11:40 am

bethanie - happy birthday savannah!! you’re an inspiration to so many. paige, you and dan have done an amazing job!!!

February 14, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Ruth - You have a beautiful daughter. It sounds like she makes your mamma heart very proud. Hope she has a fabulous birthday. Hard to believe but my daughter will also be twenty this year.

February 14, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - Happy birthday Svannah!! I love that Dan commented on what you said… heart melting! I really do want to be your little sister. Can I be? Please? I think I would fit right into your family. 🙂

What a sweet post from Mama to daughter. Just love that. Happy sweet day to all of you!

February 15, 2013 - 1:10 am

Michelle - Lovely! what a perfect Valentine’s Day birtday girl.

February 15, 2013 - 11:49 am

Lindsey Smith - Sitting in my class and tears are rolling down my cheeks. But for real. Hope that I don’t get caught for using my computer for something other than class material! Happiest of birthdays to sweet Savannah!! What an example for all of us!!

February 15, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Alecia - What a beautiful post…your words are so touching…almost brought me to tears! The video was wonderful. Do your girls EVER get tired of taking pics?!?! It seems like your life is a constant photo shoot & I LOVE IT!! I pray my kids will be camera friendly when the Lord decides to bless me with a hub & children one day. 🙂 Happy Birthday Savannah…hope you felt lots of love.