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Friday, December 5, 2008

Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter. You were my first...the one that gave me this mommy hat, that I wear so proudly. You are my girly-girl...my sweet, smiling, daughter that has loved to wear dresses and look "pretty" from the very beginning. In fact "pretty" was one of your first words. You went from here...

...to here, in a blink of an eye.

Here you are all grown up...such a beautiful woman, with a life of her own. I could not be prouder of you. I have been privileged to watch you become a mommy yourself...and not just a mommy but the best there could be. You worked hard to graduate from high school and college, all while you had your precious daughter. You proved to everyone watching, what you are made of. You have shown that there is more to you than a pretty face and that this beauty you have from within, is what true beauty is all about.

I have watched you mature as a teacher...have been privileged to help in your classrooms and watch you with this amazing gift you have to teach young children. I recall the moments that I had to fight off tears, as watching you teach brought back those memories of your days as a young girl, playing school with your siblings. Every day you touch children's lives,not just by teaching them the things your suppose to teach, but by going above and beyond, with all the love and care you pour into your students. Some day when you watch your own daughter, you will understand the pride that fills my heart in watching you.

I celebrate you. I celebrate the loving, giving, caring, kind and beautiful woman, that you are. I celebrate that you have chosen a life of forgiveness and grace over a life of bitterness and hate...and you and I both know, that with everything you have went through, you very well could have chosen that path. I celebrate the path you have chosen. I celebrate that you have never forgotten the One that truly created you..."for I am fearfully and wonderfully made". He gave you to me as a gift and I will never stop thanking Him for the gift of you...for letting me be your mother and now your friend.

I hate the distance that separates us, but I love the spirit that keeps us close. No matter how much time or distance separates us, you are always in my heart. I love you my dear sweet daughter...always and forever. Mom

18 comments:

The Incredible Woody said...

That was beautiful!

Claire Marie said...

Your daughter is as beautiful as you are! This is a post any daughter would love to read from her mom and I know that your daughter will be no exception. What rewards you have!!!!

Stepping Thru said...

I see where you daughter gets her good heart! You have inspired me to write a letter to my daughter. I am sure your letter to her will be something she will put back in that special place to take out and read time and time again. You are a special Mom and a wonderful woman.
Have a great weekend!

SciFi Dad said...

Aww... once a mom, always a mom.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is so lovely...what a great tribute and it seems much deserved. I hope she has a lovely day and a wonderful year to come.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Happy birthday, Oldest Daughter! What a loving tribute. She sounds awesome and no question where she gets her spirit (and good looks)from.

Jason, as himself said...

She sounds just like her mother!

thistle said...

She does sound just like her mother...and what a beautiful tribute you have written to her. Happy birthday Oldest Daughter!

Midlife Slices said...

What a lovely tribute and a great idea for all moms with daughters. I shall begin working on mine and maybe by February I'll have it all finished. That's at least 6 months, right? No? dang.

Life with Kaishon said...

This made me so happy! What a precious letter to a beautiful daughter. She is lovely. I am glad you had her! I am glad she is making a difference in the world!

D'Arcy said...

What an amazingly and beautiful tribute. It makes me want to fly up there and spend an afternoon in her classroom. Happy Birthday!!!!

Jason, as himself said...

I have an award for you waiting at The Jason Show. . . stop by and pick it up when you get a chance.

You deserve it!

twenty Four At Heart said...

She's so pretty! Isn't it GREAT to have a daughter?

SSG said...

Happy birthday to your lovely and beautiful daughter! Like mum like daughter! congrats on raising such a super person!

Anonymous said...

Thank you mom!! You know just how to make me cry- I love you lots! Toni

Bina said...

Oh my Gosh. That was just absolutely beautiful. Very, very well said and so loving. You truly are lucky and your daughter is very lucky to have you.

my name is gramma said...

beautifully written straight from the heart. what a lucky daughter you have to have such a great mom! also if clair marie is reading i would love to read her blog.
take care lori, i'm working again so don't get to blog as much as i want to.

Braja said...

That is a really beautiful post...what a nice gift for her. Thanks for the visit...I like this place. Can I come back? :)