Sunday, November 22, 2009

Eight



You are eight years old today.

Eight. Years. Old.



Eight years in a blink of an eye. From soft, pink newborn to long, lean girl in a matter of moments. Good moments. Special moments. Quiet moments. Loud moments.

Frighteningly fast moments.

Moments I want to remember forever.






Because your birthday falls so close to Thanksgiving each year, your birthday celebration seems to last for weeks. One for school. One for us. One with grandparents and aunts and uncles. Three cakes. Several different gift opening sessions. And you never, ever focus on the gifts. It is more than that to you.







Of course you like the gifts. What eight year old girl wouldn't? But you like the coming together of people. The song and laughter and fun. When your friends are here for a birthday slumber party you make simple rules that you are sure to enforce. . . 1) No one feels left out; 2) No one gets their feelings hurt; and 3) Don't be nervous cause you're not at your house. Simple rules really. But so telling of your spirit.







You love to be outdoors riding your bike, jumping rope, swinging on a rope swing or playing with your hula hoop. You love hiking and blazing new trails. And building new forts and bouncy trees far up in the woods. You love to draw and create things with paper. From cards to critter homes to crowns or doll clothes. You love making up new songs and singing them just right. You have a quick wit and easily make those around you laugh. You are competitive yet gracious. Proud yet humble. Compassionate. Thoughtful. And kind.

And breathtakingly mine.

Happy birthday.

Love,
Mom

27 comments:

Deb said...

aah takes a special mum to raise a special child. You warm my heart. I have to hug my son now after reading that xx

DeeRoo said...

*sigh*;)

Needled Mom said...

Awww.....enjoy these times. They go much too quickly. Happy birthday!

Andi said...

A beautiful post for a beautiful girl.
Happy birthday to all.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

How special.

Blue Is Bleu said...

Aww lovely :)

Happy birthday!

pklaw said...

What a sweet tribute! Enjoy this celebration and many more!

Pauline said...

What a lovely tribute from mother to daughter! Thank you.

ksrunt said...

What a beautiful tribute for a beautiful daughter.

Bloggy Mama said...

How does it go that fast? Happy Birthday!!

amylouwho said...

gorgeous girl, gorgeous post from gorgeous you. Love it!

Libby said...

SWEET!! Thanks for sharing your sweet girls with us!My little girl moved off to college this year so I enjoy these posts!

Pink Lemonade Bags said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Sara said...

Happy birthday! She is adorable :)

Mountain Mama (Wesley Jeanne) said...

So beautiful. (The girl and the tribute).

Elissa said...

beautiful and just a whole lot of ways. your words and that lovely girl. Tate is 5 today, so i hear ya girl.

VeeV said...

Dana,

you are so-o sweet...

what a fantastic and memorable "birthday card"!!

PamperingBeki said...

What a beautiful girl!

And so blessed to have you as a mom.

Kris said...

What a luck girl to have you for a mom!

Tollipop said...

What a lovely girl. That first picture reminds me of a Vermeer painting. Very "Girl With a Pearl Earring-ish"

Happy Birthday!

soggybottomflats said...

Wow Dana, you made me cry today. You are the bestest mom. Now, go hug yourself, Elaine

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Stephanie D. said...

She's beautiful! And obviously much loved.

brown robin said...

Oh... happy birthday sweet girl and sweet mama. You made my heart go thump. Time starts flying by so fast once you have kids. These beautiful souls...

Jenny said...

I've been out of the blogging World for several months because my Life is changing. I check my favs from time to time, & 2Day, so GLAD I did!!! What a Lovely Tribute to a precious daughters special day! Brought me to tears, had to comment.....So Cool Dana!

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Enjoy these times Mom they go by way too quickly. Happy Birthday lucky girl who is loved so dearly.

Pat

susan said...

what else can i say dana...beautiful...unconditional love. what a lovely girl.