Birthdays and Blessings

Few things are as sweet as celebrating a birthday with your little one. 

It can also be said that few things are as bittersweet.  Can someone please tell me how it’s possible that one night you are going to bed begging any and all the Gods you believe in for your baby to just go to sleep, and the next you are suddenly faced with a pre-teen?   How one goes from swaddling an infant, mashing bananas and walking around the grocery store with that fresh “spit up on” smell; to driving car pool, buying size Adult Small clothes, and desperately trying to learn the names of all the cool boy bands just so you can keep up with your girl?


Today I count my blessings. 

I give thanks for a SweetGirl with an incredibly kind heart.  A girl who always puts others before herself.  Who treasures her friendships the way she used to treasure her teddy bears.  Who loves her pets, and the odd wild toad and worm of the backyard, with a fierceness that is beyond adorable. 

I am thankful for her quiet smile, her deep thoughts, and her big heart. 


I am thankful for her quick wit and her intoxicating giggle.

Every day I am thankful for her laugh, her health…just all of her.

Birthdays are supposed to be about the birthday girl, celebrating their lives, lavishing them with attention; but on the days my children were born….they truly became my biggest, brightest blessings.  They were and are, my best birthday gifts. 


Thank you to both my girls who manage to somehow make every day a little brighter, and my life a whole lot sweeter.  Oh and of course, happiest of Birthdays to my SweetGirl.



  1. smiles…a beautiful tribute to your kids…and happy birthday to your little one…i hope she has a wonderful day…kids are so cool arent they…

  2. Happy Birthday. I love this post it is like a make you smile all day kind of post.
    You have a beautiful family and I too am reminded how fast they grow up as I just came back from visiting my happy self sufficient beautiful adult daughters (sigh) I have no idea how that happened:) B

  3. Happy birthday to your girl. It is amazing how quickly time goes by. Bittersweet for sure.

  4. Such a sweet post. Happy Birthday to your little gal.

  5. She is so gorgeous…and she looks just like you….makes sense! 🙂

  6. What a beauty…inside and out! Birthday blessings to you all!
    {Is today her actual bday? Virgo’s rule!}

  7. What beauties! And happy birthday to your little big one.

  8. What cute kids!
    Happy Birthday!

  9. So true! I look at little kids in the grocery store and now and wonder how it’s possible that mine are so big. Happy bday to your angel.

  10. Happy, happy birthday to your girl! It is amazing how fast it goes, isn’t it? *gulp* Mine will be 18 next month!! And yet, I still look around for that chubby, little guy.

  11. You have such beautiful and happy girls, no one you are so proud.

  12. Sounds like we are in the same stage of life with our daughters. It’s something watching them go from a little girl to a young woman.

  13. A beautiful birthday post for a beautiful girl. Well done, Mama!

  14. So adorable, Steph!!! xo

  15. You have such a beautiful family! Happy Birthday to your adorable girl!

  16. Both your girls are adorable and sweet inside and out….but of course they are they have great parents!!
    I hope her birthday was the best yet!!
    Great pics!

  17. What a sweet post. Love the pictures. They have grown up and are as pretty as ever! You are blessed.

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