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Dear Katie,

Happy, happy birthday, sweet girl!

After wanting you for so long… after praying for you for so long… I’m still amazed each year, as we celebrate your special day, by just how lucky we are to have you in our lives.

Last night, before we tucked you in for bed, we talked about today. That your birthday coincided with dress up day at school made you simply giddy.

Then, this morning, as you carefully pulled your Cinderella dress over your head, I could see a little storm brewing in your mind. Your sweet grimace as you pulled the itchy fabric off your arms and away from your neck gave your thoughts away. You shifted, squirmed, scratched and finally looked up at me, locked eyes and said, “I’m not going to wear this after all. It itches me and I just know that it will bother me all day.”

I’ve spent the past week (or weeks, if I’m honest), wondering how it’s possible that you’re already seven…wondering where the years have gone and feeling terrified that the remainder of your time with us will slip through my fingers.

But this morning, as you changed out of your Cinderella dress and into your school uniform, I thought my heart might burst with pride. You are learning who you are… learning to think ahead… learning that it’s okay to not do what everyone else is doing.

You are learning that it’s just fine to be YOU.

As I held the cast off dress and watched you carefully zip up your plaid skirt and smooth your shirt collar, I realized that none of this… this privilege of being your mother…  is about keeping you small. It’s about bearing witness to you becoming the woman you will one day be.

And this morning, as you dug deep, I realized that you are indeed seven.

You are seven magical, smart, beautiful, fantastic, glorious years old.

And I’m so incredibly blessed to be here to watch you grow.

With a happy heart, filled with so much love for you,


letter on seventh birthday

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,


The rest of my days: A birthday letter for my husband

Today is Craig’s birthday and I can’t think of a better way to wish him a happy birthday than to share my thoughts with him here.

That is truly one of the hazards of being married to a blogger. 

Happy birthday, babe.

Although it’s your birthday, my mind is filled with all of the gifts that you’ve given me.

There are a handful of things that I am sure of in life and one of those is that you were born for me…for this life that we’ve built.

How do I know this?


Your strength and determination ease fears that I’ve carried throughout my life.

Your calm softens the sharp edges of my anxiety.

Your have protected, cushioned, and loved me through our struggles to build our family.

Your unflappable nature reassures me that together, we can face anything with grace.

Your amazing sense of humor brings out my silly side and keeps me from taking myself and life too seriously.

You have brought a sense of stability to my life that I’ve always dreamed of that has made me feel safe enough to reach for my dreams.

You are truly everything I ever dreamed of.

Since you entered my life, babe, you have made every day feel like my birthday.

I will spend the rest of my days showing you how grateful I am to call you my husband and best friend.

May your day be wonderful.

I love you beyond words,


A Birthday Letter to My Sweet Boy

Dear Matthew,

There are times when I sit down to write and the words just flow…when the words are there, just waiting to be written.

This isn’t one of those times.

Each time I sit down to write this letter, I stare at a blank screen.

That is how much I love you, my sweet boy.

There just aren’t words to tell you how much.

You are, without question, one of my life’s greatest gifts.

Each night, in the darkness of your bedroom, I hold you close in your rocking chair and I grasp for the words to tell you what you mean to me.

Five minutes…ten…fifteen…just a few minutes more.

I know that I should go…but you make me weak.

With your kisses; what were once nose kisses are now proper cheek kisses.

With your hugs and the way you hold onto me as though just a few minutes longer are all you’ll need.

Most nights, I can barely tear myself away from you…from the whispers and the hugs.

Thank you, Matthew…thank you for wearing your love for me on the outside…for holding me with all that you are.

Each night, as I close the door to your room, I feel as though you couldn’t possibly know how much I love you.

Because there aren’t words for this kind of love.

So, I will spend my lifetime showing you.

Happy second birthday, my beautiful boy.

You are my sunshine.

With a heart bursting with love,


A Day Well Spent…Happy Birthday, Katie!

Birthday cake pancakes to start the day!

She was so eager to dig in...

Birthday surprises...

So curious...

The one thing that she asked for...a camera!

Surprise balloons from Daddy...

She said it was the most beautiful cake in the "entire world." (She clearly hasn't seen many cakes!)

All that really mattered was that it was light blue...her favorite color.

It really doesn't take much to make a four year old so completely happy. What an absolutely lovely day we had.



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