Happy birthday to my daughter Austen

On this day, 24 November, 17 years ago, a very special gift came into my life – one of God’s everyday miracles, the birth of a child.

This little child was born into this world in Topeka, Kansas at Stormont-Vail Hospital and we named her Austen Brianna West. I will never forget the drive back up to Manhattan, Kansas from Topeka with our new baby girl.

About half way she began to cry and a loving big sister, Aubrey, forcefully demanded, “Daddy, drive faster my sister is hungry and we have to get her home.” To this day Aubrey is very protective of her younger sister.

I nicknamed Austen “Beetlejuice” because if you remember the movie and the lead character, Austen can also be a bit annoying at times — and weird. But I love her dearly.

Angela and I have seen God’s gift of life and that is why we are indeed pro-life. We are reminded each time we gaze into the eyes of our daughters Aubrey and Austen.

On this day, the 17th remembrance of God’s blessing of a child to Angela and me, we recommit ourselves to ensuring we lift Austen up before God for His blessing. We also rededicate ourselves to ensuring that Austen grows up in a greater America and has more opportunities than what our parents bequeathed to us.

Love your children America, and fight to secure for them the blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — that is my promise to be renewed this day for Austen, and every day to your children.

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susan
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May she have many many more. She sure has an awesome dad!!

sako204
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How about a family photo, Col. West?

Cindy Bigham Sutton
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God bless you and your family Mr West. And keep up the good work for America, we need more good, honest, men like you. Your daughter has a wonderful dad.
Cindy

Brandon Abbott
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Mr West, your prayer is the same prayer i pray for my children. And im sure its the same prayer my father prayed as well. Thank you for the hard work your doing for this great nation. Your the man we need to run this country.

llprince
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Happy birthday, Austen! God bless you & your family, Col. West.

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That was beautiful! Happy birthday to your sweet girl. God bless you and your family. Thank you for your service!

Lattelover
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Happy birthday to Austen.
Our country’s future is for our childen…we need to all be praying for it and them right now. And not! give into the vitrol and hatred of others.
We need to remember that prayer is the mightiest thing we can do. Not against others…but for our nation and those we love.
Do not think of those who pray as weak…for they are true warriors of the night watch.

Zuni3
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Very Good Post!

MLP0911
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Oh these two girls have the best parents. Happy Birthday to you sweet daughter Austen. May she continue to grow in God’s love and light!

Sandra
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…thank yo for sharing the moment w ith us … it’s certainly a message we all hope to have for our own children …

JerryNic
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Colonel West, you are such a good man. Thank you for your service and the examples you set.

Leslie Anderson Hoffmann
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Leslie Anderson Hoffmann

God Bless you Austen and hope you had a wonderful Birthday. Thank you Colonel West for your service and continued dedication to this great Country!!!!!

annarondac
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Great Father! Totally appropriate picture for a 17 year old Daughter. Happy Birthday!

BillQuantrill
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Happy Birthday Austen. Your father is a great patriot, Doesn’t seem to be many like him left these days. Encourage him to run for Senator. We need him and more like him to save our country. God Bless. Have a great birthday.

Barbara Winters
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With you as their father, they will turn out as good as you.

kiz
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Happy Happy Birthday Austen! Wishing you many Blessings for a very Happy Future. You already have many blessings in your family and the wonderful man you call DAD. Colonel West, we will pray that you will rise to the top in our Government as you are exactly what WE NEED! Thank you so much for your service and for showing others how a GOOD PARENT & REAL AMERICAN should behave! You are GREATLY APPRECIATED and MOST RESPECTED! We Salute You!
Sue Williams
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Happy Birthday, Austen Brianna West! May you have a blessed day! We love and honor your dad – and we love you, because of him.

May the Lord go before you in all you do. May He guide and protect you. May He guard your heart & quicken your mind. In Jesus name ….amen.

Larry Andrews
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUSTEN. You have some amazing parents there. They are the best. Have a happy day.

lavonne
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Happy Birthday Austen & Thank you for sharing your Dad with the rest of us!

Salvatore DeCarlo
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Happy Birthday Aus]ten and thank you for sharing this special day with us Col. West

catcon69
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Happy 17th Birthday Austen…hope you realize what a special family you have! Enjoy!!

Ivis Rojas
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Thank you Sir for sharing this beautiful story. Wishing Austen a blessed birthday, and may God bless your family.

magi52
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Thank you for sharing this….You, sir have a beautiful way with painting words, you are a master word painter…Every word comes with such heartfelt passion from the heart.

HAPpY BiRTHDAY Austen!

GOD Bless you and yours.

Johanna Roberts
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Happy Birthday Austen! May the Lord Bless you and keep you and your family in His Love. His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

Estella Bunny Howe
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Your daughter and my first granddaughter share the same birthday. How nice is that?

Marynelle Vickers
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What a blessing for Austen to have been born to an amazing family. This child will know love beyond measure. She has grown up with a family who believes in God and country. She will know the real values of our country. I pray she will walk in her father’s foot steps and stand up for God and Country and will continue your mission. And wouldn’t be great to have the Wests in the White House. I thank you so much for being the man you are and standing up for your beliefs as you fight off the rude remarks.… Read more »
sadlyso
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Congressman Col. West, it is a blessing to know and witness so many strong, loving God rooted humble American families. It bring courage and joy to my heart but most of all, strengthen my faith in our loving Father the Creator and Saviour, Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for sharing your commitment to American people and your loving and wonderful family. God bless you and God bless and direct your work.

Kelley
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Happy birthday to Austen! What a precious picture. πŸ˜€ God’s blessings on your family.

Dee
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I pray a similar pray every sunday in church for the happiness , having GOD involved in my daughters lives on a daily basis and they stay close to him. To know that he is always there for them and pray that this world wakes up from this horrible nightmare we are stuck in right now.

Ruben Escobar
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Happy birthday to Austen, may all your dreams come true as you are blessed by having a wonderful family and a father that adores his country may he one day be the man in the White House and turn this country around.

chocolatekisses45
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I hope some day you become the first black President. Our present one is not! God bless you and your family,

Don Lanpher
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You are a lucky guy, Happy Birthday to Austen, ……fifty years ago I had a daughter and I wouldn’t have traded her for ten boys………………

Gail Brewer
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I really commend you Mr. West. I wish you were in the White House instead of the one that is there! I follow your posts on FB and always agree with you. Your children are greatly blessed to have a praying Father and Mother…also Belated Happy Birthday to Austen! God bless you and your family!

jimeye
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..God Bless you and Yours Col. West, and a belated Happy, Happy to ‘Beetlejuice’,..!

SB_Smith
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Happy Birthday, Austen !!
You have an exceptional family !

Lorna Robinson
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Lucky girl to have such a wonderful family. How I wish you were in Washington.

Norma Harris-Check
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God Bless! I pray all parents would be as wise when raising their gifts from God!

Just an old Marine.
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Mr West: I salute you! You know that those born from November 24 to November 30, will have their birthday fall on Thanksgiving…ever few years. No one else can ever have a birthday fall on this day. I also notice, that your wife and both daughters first names start with an “A”. This year, will be most likely the last time my birthday falls on Thanksgiving, as I was born in 1945. Wishing the happiest of days, for your daughter’s birthday, belatedly though it be. We the American people, need you in Washington. Pray for our country. ~ ~ ~… Read more »
Ave Ashley Victoria E
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Ave Ashley Victoria E

This is a true definition of a Daddy
I love this man! πŸ™‚

Rick Thompson
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Happy Birthday Austen West!

LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights
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LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

Bless you both, Col West…..

Glen Rice
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Wonderful words Col. West… Spoken like a true, caring father. Our children are a little older than your daughters, but I share your same loving feelings and wishes for their well-being. You continue to be an inspiration to many!

Michele Ellis
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Happy Birthday to your daughter Austen, may our Heavenly Father bless your family, and keep you all safe.

Mary
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Happy Birthday Austen West!

David Michaels
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how come this man is not president yet.

GrannyB
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I hope we will not have to wait too long for this to take place.Allen West for president.

Brenda Morris
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Happy Birthday Austen!

Moontrucker
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Happy Birthday Austen! It’s my birthday,too but I’m a lot older than 17!

Helene F Moser Discher
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Helene F Moser Discher

Happy Birthday Austen

MotherBatherick
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Happy Birthday, Miss West!
Now that you’re 17, please help your daddy run an election campaign. You can tell him we said so.

flicker66
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You have one of life’s most precious blessings

Susan
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Agree and always support your efforts Allen West!! Wishing YOU were our President.