Friday, March 20

Ellie turns 5

For some reason whenever Eleanor's birthday comes around, everything hits me much harder than it does with the birthday's of my other children. That bitter-sweet feeling of change, of letting go a little bit more. Maybe it's because her birth is what first made me a mother, first made us a real family, or because as she reaches new milestones I feel the passage of time that much more deeply.

I treasure this life with my family, these years as a mother of so many little babies, and I can't help but try to cling to them as tightly as I can while at the same time encouraging my little ones to grow and experience, and explore. 
As I look through endless albums of toothy grins and fiery hair, I could go on for ages about how much we cherish this little girl, how we savor every moment as her parents, or what a light she is to all who meet her, but to be perfectly honest my eyes are too blurry and my heart is too full:)
So to you Ellie on your 5th birthday:
I hope you always know how much you are loved and adored, and that you have always and will always make us so so proud.
I hope you have the strength to face trials and challenges with confidence and wisdom.
I hope you realize what a blessing your tender heart really is.

You were the first in my tummy, the first in my arms, and the first in my heart. 
Giving birth to you was the hardest thing I've ever done, even now, but clinging to your tiny form and kissing your chubby nose as you squinted up at me, made it all so incredibly worth it. I knew then that I would gladly give my life to protect you, and that hasn't changed.

We grow together, with you teaching me just as much as I teach you, if not more. I learn from your trust, your thirst for knowledge, your loyalty, and your sweetness:) Being your mother is the greatest gift, and I can't wait to see where your life leads you.

I love you to the moon and back. 
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26 comments:

  1. Wow. Happy Birthday little girl. <3

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  2. So precious! I know what you mean...I only have one baby, but every first for him is a first for me too as a mother.

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  3. This is beautiful, Happy birthday to your gorgeous little munchkin!

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  4. Happy Birthday little princess! She is so pretty. I love her hair.

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  5. So sweet. That fiery red hair really is stunning.

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  6. Happy birthday to this little lady! She is an absolute doll :) Your post makes me look forward to being a mother some day <3

    -Rae

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  7. Breathtaking! Happy Birthday Ellie!

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  8. She is such a beauty. I love her bright hair! :)
    Happy Birthday, Ellie.

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  9. The pictures and your daughter are beautiful! Happy birthday Ellie!

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  10. Ahhh she's so gorgeous! I love her hair.

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  11. Happy birthday to your biggest little! She is so lovely, Emily, and I can tell through your words what a beautiful relationship you have.

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  12. Ah she is so cute! especially with the little floral crown! have to admit i started welling up a little at how much you love her. Happy Birthday Ellie!

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  13. Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl! Anyway, these photos are amazing!

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  14. Happy birthday to your beautiful little girl! She has the most amazing color of hair!

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  15. So vibrant looking and stunning! Happy birthday ellie!

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  16. A beautiful set of photographs. My daughter turns 4 today :)

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  17. such a beautiful little girl, so full of life and fun.

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  18. Happy Birthday Ellie! How beautiful you are, and how darling your hair is :)

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  19. Here hair is such a stunning red...Such a cutie!

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  20. What a sweet post! Happy Birthday Ellie!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  21. Happy birthday, little girl! (She looks JUST like you!)

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  22. She's so adorable and I absolutely love her hair!

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  23. wooooooooooooooooo! lovely princesss
    perfect pics

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  24. Your little girl is adorable.

    Diary of Elegance
    http://diaryofelegance.blogspot.ca/

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