Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Seven Years of Reflection . . . A Birthday Message to my Daughter

Dear Sweet Sunshine:

Did you know that you came into this world as my angel?
Peek-A-Boo

I remember holding you so tightly that first night -
I didn't ever want to let you go for the nurses to take you.

The first year was such a learning experience.
I laughed and cried a lot.
I loved watching you learn how to roll, sit, crawl.
I loved hearing your first word:
♥Mama♥
And watching you walk for the first time was unbelievable.

The second year was so much fun.
You were still learning about your world and yourself.
Emily in the Paper

You would make funny faces.
You would chase your PePaw around Granny's kitchen for hours.
Emily's First Santa

We laughed so much that year.

The third year was so filled with love.


















You threw the flowers down the aisle for Daddy and me.
We found our new home, and made a wonderful family -
Daddy, Big Brother, Big Sister, Sunshine, and Mama.

The fourth year was filled with life.  
You started school.
I cried.
You made friends.
A baby brother entered your world.
Emily Welcomes Baby Jacob

They've been inseparable ever since.
You make such a wonderful big sister.


The fifth year was a time of growth.
Daddy's Girl















You loved your school so much and was busy learning everything.
You got into some trouble, and had some bumps. But always managed to come out on top!

Being Silly with my Baby Girl















The sixth year filled with hope
You graduated from preschool and started Kindergarten.
First Day of School



















Mama didn't know what to do with herself and the baby all day long.
You began to learn how to cope with unusual and sometimes rough situations.
And always came out a trooper

This seventh year has been filled with trials, tribulations, and blessings.
We lost a beloved Grandpa
Grandpa with all of his loving Grandchildren















But found a new home with lots of loving possibilities.
We've also foundered new friendships and cemented amazing family relationships.

I have loved watching you grow.
You have gone from sweet, tiny, infant
SooooFuuuuuullll















to
*♥..♥*Diva-Licious T'ween*♥..♥*
Diva-Licious!



















Overnight.

I can't promise that I will be able to always let you go.
Sometimes I will just want to hold you in my lap for a while.
I can't promise that I won't make mistakes as your mother.
I'm sure I've already made a few.
And I can't promise that life will always be easy.
But I can promise this, my sweet Sunshine-Girl.
I will love you forever and ever.
I thank God every day for blessing me with you.
Happy Birthday my sweet girl.

Love,
Mama
Mama's Little Princess!!














6 comments:

Big Fat Mama said...

Happy Birthday to your girl!! :)

Kmama said...

Happy birthday to Emily. What a sweet post!

Teri said...

what a very touching Post! You brought me to tears...
Happy Birthday Emily, Have a Wonderful Day with your Beautiful Mommy!!

Laura @ The Things I Said I'd Never Do said...

How beautiful! What an amazing letter. I know she will cherish it one day!

SuperMom Blues said...

I read this to her, and she cried and held on to me. I asked her why she was crying and she said "I just love you so much, Mama. I don't ever want to let you go, either!!" I can't believe the blessing she is in my life.

Angel Seidenberg said...

Your life is so beautiful with your children! I remember the first time I saw Miss Emily at the hospital - instant love. And I knew she would be a fighter because she had a mother who defied everything to bring her into the world! Jen, my heart swells at the life you have now and I know that all of it is a blessing from our precious God. May your life be blessed even more as this beautiful little girl grows in to the beautiful woman that her mother is. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET EMILY!! What a special person you are to me! I love you very much!