5 Things: A birthday letter to my daughter

Dear Katie,

We just celebrated your fifth birthday, my sweet girl.

Now that you’re getting older, I often wonder what you’ll remember about your childhood.

Will you remember that your daddy and I decided to forgo the big birthday party in favor of spending the day celebrating you, just the four of us?

Will you remember that you awoke to a bedroom filled with pink and light blue balloons? Daddy and I snuck them in the night before and nearly woke you up. Who knew balloons were so loud?

balloons, birthday letter

Will you remember that we continued our birthday breakfast tradition with birthday cake pancakes?

birthday cake pancakes, birthday letter

Will you remember spending the afternoon at the park?

playground, birthday letter

Will you remember asking for oatmeal for your birthday dinner?

oatmeal, birthday letter

Will the presents that we gave you be happy memories?

Will you remember your initial disappointment when you saw that I made you a white cake (not light blue!)?

blowing out candles

Or will you remember the joy you felt when I cut your cake open to reveal what I had hidden inside for you?

birthday cake, layer cake

If you remember nothing else, Katie, please remember these five things…

You have blessed our lives with your amazing little spirit.

We cherish each and every day we have with you.

You are beautiful both inside and out.

Mommy and Daddy love you with an intensity that we could have never imagined.

You were so worth the wait.

With a heart brimming with love for you,


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  1. newlyblissed

    Beautiful!! Simply, Beautiful! Happy birthday sweet girl!!

  2. angela angelaamman.com

    I don't have words to add to the perfection of this, but I wanted to let you know I stopped by and will be smiling the rest of the night because of it.

  3. Leigh Ann genieinablog.com

    What a perfect day. Despite all best intentions, I always find myself unprepared and rushed around birthdays. This looks so easygoing and perfect. Very inspiring. I’m sure she loved it and will love looking back on it.

  4. Doni californiafootwearco.com

    Beautiful little birthday girl! Thanks for sharing her day with us!

  5. Rachel rachelvoorhees.com

    Should I admit that I have tears streaming down my face? I LOVE this. The way that you write about motherhood and the things you do for your children make me want to be a better mom. Happy 5th Birthday to your sweet baby girl. Love you! xoxo

  6. What Rachel said….with a sniffle.

  7. Efloraross thewriterrevived.com

    Oh my goodness! I can't believe she is 5. You write so beautifully, and that will be a wonderful gift for her someday. Whether or not she remembers these times, she will be able to relive them through your incredible words.

  8. Alison@Mama Wants This

    She will remember – how could she not? Such gorgeous moments (and a gorgeous cake!). Happy Birthday, Katie.

  9. PhaseThreeOfLife

    You must have been so excited when she was disappointed that the frosting wasn't blue, knowing what was in store for her in a few minutes. So sweet. Happy birthday to your little (big!) girl.

  10. Peggy

    Oh so sweet and perfect…it made me teary eyed. Happy 5th birthday to a dear sweet soul.

  11. Lizz amiafunnygirl.com

    1. Sniffle. I love your words.
    2. I'm stealing the room full of balloons idea for next year!

  12. Jennie B wantapeanut.com

    Happy birthday! She is beautiful and your love for her always shines through. Such a sweet tribute, and so touching as I write my own to Wesley, who turns 5 tomorrow.

  13. Laura anuncommonfamily.com

    Absolutely beautiful. Happy 5th Birthday to your sweet, sweet girl. (We did the same for Mattix's 5th in February – a special family day.) xoxo

  14. findingourwaynow

    In the end they/we remember the simple things. What a beautiful celebration of life – her life. She must have felt special on her special day. :))

  15. Cate catelinden.com

    What a lovely day for Katie. Happy birthday to her!

  16. Jaime ainsleylynn.blogspot.com

    Happy Birthday Katie! My sweet Ainsley will be 5 in July and for some reason this birthday seems different. I can't believe how quickly time has passed.

  17. This has me in tears.
    I'm certain that she'll remember all of this.
    It's the simple moments that last a life time xo

  18. Jessica mytimeasmom.com

    That is a beautiful cake for a beautiful little girl. Happy birthday Katie.

  19. Elizabeth mommonsense.com

    What a beautiful little girl and what a beautiful way to celebrate! Love the balloon surprise, the blue cake, and the oatmeal dinner! Oh, and the pancakes? Yum! Well done, Mommy. =)

  20. this is simply divine. what a lucky lady!! (both of you!)

  21. Melissa confessionsofadrmom.com

    So beautiful, Nichole. What a wonderful Birthday letter to Katie. And oh, she will remember this. Most of all, she'll remember the feeling of being intensely and unconditionally loved.

  22. ksluiter

    this is beyond lovely. and that cake! oh!

    happy birthday to a lovey little katie, from an older slightly bigger katie

  23. Jessica fourplusanangel.com

    Oh so beautiful, you, her, every word of this. Love to you both.

  24. Tonya lettersforlucas.com

    Beautiful. Words, little girl, memories and cake. 🙂

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