Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!

Today, my baby girl turns 19.

I can’t believe how these years continue to fly by at a break-neck pace.

Today is such a reminder of how life ebbs and flows and seasons change. You see, this is the first birthday that we have spent apart from one another…in 19 years. She is away at school and I am sure enjoying her day, but I still miss her being here and all the fun birthdays are (even though we celebrated last weekend with her). Rather than beginning the birthday celebration at breakfast this morning, I sent her a text message. It is a new season, it is a good season, but sometimes I really miss the old season!

“That day, the day you were born, was the most exhilarating day of my life. Ask me how I spent the morning, ask who came to call, ask me anything about that day and I’ll know. Every detail. Most of all I remember how beautiful you looked. I was so proud of you and me. I should have been filled with doubts about whether I could do right by you but, on the contrary, I knew I was ready! I had a plan. I would love you too much; I would protect you for a while; I would teach you how to fly on your own. You might leave my nest, my daughter, but if I did my job well you’d be back, as my friend.”

~Donna Green, To My Daughter With Love

If you have a few moments, please visit my sweet daughter at Tarleton West 
and wish her a happy birthday!


  1. Oh how precious! Happy birthday to her! Hope you got my email about how much I appreciate your help! Ya'll both have a fabulous day!
    XOXO Jessica

  2. I remember my first birthday at college, away from home. It was great fun...but nothing will replace my birthday at home, being woken up with a kiss from my mom :)

  3. Oh Michelle, that quote made me get all teary eyed. Happy Birthday to your beautiful baby girl, and hugs to you sweet friend. We just celebrated Devan's 20th birthday long distance, so I know what you're going through. Enjoy this bittersweet day.

  4. Aw! Well hang on to your hat because the next season will be when she moves far away to DC or LA and NYC just out of college. I hope you have a great day even if she is not there too!

  5. Happy birthday to both of you Michelle.

  6. Awww...happy birthday to baby girl! Love her blog by the way, and would love to know how she came up with the name.

  7. That made me cry! Happy Birthay to your sweet girl!

  8. How is that possible! I feel like we blink and they are 19!!

  9. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following! I'm following back. ;)

    What a beautiful baby girl! How fast I know those 19 must have gone by. My DD's 9 years have gone in a blink.

    Where's the pause button?! :)

    Jennifer @


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