Monday, November 22, 2010

You're nine



This weekend you grabbed me by shoulders and looked me square in the eye and said, "Mom!  In one more year I will be the big ONE OH!"

You were serious.  And excited.  And I might have giggled more than a little.



I giggled for several reasons.  One, because it was funny.  


But I also giggled because you are racing at the speed of light toward a destination of grow-up-ed-ness and the fact that today you are nine seems impossible to me.  After all, in nine short years you have gone from porcelain pink baby to dancing, singing and climbing young girl.  Your rhythm and timing for both physical and spoken comedy and dance is uncanny.  You can contort your eyebrows in inconceivable ways to get a laugh.  And you know precisely the moment to turn off the funny and inquire, console or listen to anyone that needs it. 

My heart expanded inside of my chest the day you were born and has continued to do so each and every day since.  You fill our family with love, joy and some form of constant entertainment. 

And you totally and completely enchant me.



It's true that you will soon be the big ONE - OH but lets not rush it, eh?  Nine suits you just fine.

Love,
Mom

23 comments:

Christy said...

Nine, already? Weren't our kids just in Kindergarten? Like, yesterday? Time sure does fly.

And yes, nine does seem to suit her just fine. Happy Birthday young lady! :)

Quiltnbee said...

What a sweet, lovely post. I'm a bit choked up, I must say. happy Birthday to your beautiful nine year old!

Elissa said...

lovely girl and lovely note from her mama.
tate's birthday is tomorrow. 6. he's pumped.

Amy said...

Have you ever heard the song Nine by Dianne Reeves? If not, google it. Greatness.

Rafael's Mum said...

What a lovely post.. such a beautiful nine year old and as ever, fantastic photos. You have real talent Dana.

Trudi said...

Beautiful pics Dana, and such a beautiful nine year old too! Gosh the time does go fast, I wish I'd learnt to 'joy de vie' for capturing the moment earlier in my life!

Mom said...

You describe her perfectly and express yourself so beautifully!
XOXO

Em said...

So sweet... such a pretty girl too! Happy Birthday! November Birthdays are awesome! (I'll finish another trip around the sun on Thursday!)

purplegiraffes said...

Beautiful pictures. Love the colours.

Mountain Mama (Wesley Jeanne) said...

Aww, happy birthday. Lovely post, lovely photos, lovely girl.

DeeRoo said...

Ah Thing #2....Nine looks MAHVALOUS on you!:) Glad we got to meet you at eight!!

Read Don about the Big One Oh and he laughed out loud!:)

Phyllis said...

So sweet! It touched my heart. My youngest daughter will be 17 next month. I may cry.

Kim said...

Love those big brown eyes......
and as fast as those first 9 years have flown passed the next 9 will be all the quicker and then she'll be off to college :0).
Hug her every chance you get!

Have a blessed thanksgiving Dana and
Happy Sewing

...just beachy in the burbs said...

This is such a sweet post! Your daughter is so beautiful and what lovely photographs to have of her for the later years when you can tell her how excited she was to turn the big 1-0! :)

Shorty said...

Gorgeous pictures, and Happy Birthday to your beautiful little girl! I hope this year of being nine is full of opportunities to revel in just being nine. One day she'll know exactly where you're coming from! : )

sarah, rsm said...

I so love your letter-posts to your girls and I know one day they will be treasured by them! You are such a wonderful Mom, Ms. Dana!

Mandalin said...

Another Beautiful Birthday post Dana. Happy Birthday Miss Nine!

Birgit said...

Happy, happy, happy Birthday -- and the countdown to the big 1-0 has begun! :)

Hugs,
Birgit

amylouwho said...

so so sweet. I love how you love your girls.

Chris said...

Your daughter is lovely. Did you knot her sweater? Nine is a wonderful age for a girl...tell her not to wish it away.

corinnea said...

Lovely girl. Lucky mom.

Heather said...

lovely child; lovely photos. And Oh, those brown eyes. Nine, my little five and three were babies just a moment ago.

Renna said...

Your post was as precious as your daughter's sweet face. :-)