In exactly 24 hours, my Gretchen will turn 10. Ten is a big year. I still recall the year I turned 10. You feel so old, no longer in single digits and entering into 5th grade-it's huge! Birthdays are a big deal in our house. I suppose you can thank my dad for that. Growing up, he basked in his birthdays and it's carried into our lives today. Gretchen has absolutely gotten the same birthday lovin' trait. She has literally been talking about her big 10 for weeks non-stop... yes, I feel the pressure. :)
Today, I got out the journal I've been keeping for her since she was born. I like to write down cute things she did or said, milestones accomplished and joys shared. It always pulls me back & keeps me grounded in what matters most in this life. She has been a joy to us since she was born ten years ago-a day I will always treasure in my life. There is nothing like having your firstborn child wrapped in your arms that first time.
"When I saw your face, fingers, toes and your little body, everything faded and there was only you and I in the room. Dad was running around with the camera and holding you. I started crying because I wanted to hold you so bad-the nurse called him over and placed you next to me. It was an indescribable moment. You were beautiful and mine. After nine months of carrying you, I could finally meet you." April 13, 2000
Happy Birthday to my sweet girl, now 10-still blossoming. I love you.
2 months old
"life is not measured by the breath we take but by the moments that take our breath away"