Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Today you are nine years old. 

While I knew your birthday was coming, this one stopped me right in my tracks. This is the kind of birthday that makes a momma stop and think, this birthday that makes you nine means you are halfway to being an.... adult.


You are our oldest baby, so I've never celebrated this halfway mark with anyone I loved so much. I've never had to think,
 "Have we done enough these past nine years to help you get through the next nine? Have we taught you well enough and prayed for you long enough so that these next nine years that lead you into adulthood will be easier?"

I'm not sure I'll know the answer to those questions until that day, nine years from now, comes and I am staring at my adult daughter. Until then, my sweet girl, I am just going to keep on loving you the best that I know how.
 I am going to be your biggest cheerleader, your quietest listener, and at times your least favorite person in the world I am sure too.
Because over the next nine years there will be a lot of things you will learn. Yes, a lot of it will come from books... but most of it will come from experiences. Friendships made and some that will change. Your heart might get broken {a few times} and you will learn what it means to be "the bigger person" and walk away from situations when you need to.  You will learn that there might be a few that won't cheer for your successes, but don't worry about those few, look for all the others that are just as excited for you as you are. You will learn that being a great friend means that you don't always need lots of friends, you will just need those couple of really great friends that you totally "get you". 
You will learn that being kind to the world, even if no one notices, will be one of your greatest achievements. You will learn that being YOU and not an imitation of anyone else will get you so much further in life.

And, my dear sweet Nola girl, you will learn that there will be some days that are so hard that they may bring you to your knees in tears...but there will also be days that fill you with so much joy that you won't know what to do with it all. I pray that you will thank God for both the hurts and the joy because, in the big picture, they will both make you, You.

Thank you for teaching me so much these past nine years... thank you for making a momma.

Oh, and in case you were wondering... you'll always be my baby no matter how many birthdays you have...

I love you my sweet, beautiful girl.... more that you can even understand right now.
Love, Momma


  1. happy birthday to your beautiful girl :D


  2. So beautiful.
    Happy birthday to your sweet girl.


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