Wednesday, July 16, 2008

10 Years?! Are you sure?

It was ten years ago, my life changed forever. Everything that happened before those ten years is a blur, seriously. It was ten years ago my first child, the beat of my heart, Miley was born.

I honestly am in shock even writing these words. Can my little baby, the result of the shocking two lines, be ten? Was it really ten years ago when we were faced with an emergency caesarean? Ten years ago that we learned what colic really was? Ten years ago I learned I could love someone as much as my soul mate? Ten years that I truly learned what it was like to feel the unconditional love of something so small yet so powerful?

Yes, the smiling face next to me nods, TEN YEARS.

Here's your letter butternut!


You are growing so fast now. I have to admit the days have passed more quickly than when you were a very loud baby but I'm sure not quick enough for you! You have been counting down to this day for months. Two digits--wow--you've graced the world with your sunshine for ten years. Our world has never been brighter :)

You still have an earnest desire to be a fashion designer. Your sketch book is overflowing with dresses, swatches and various designs. You have your sights set on going to the Savannah School of Art and Design. You want to live in Italy and design the world's greatest fashions. And I know if this is what you really want, nothing will stop you.

Your second passion is reading. You are hooked on your Nancy Drew books (the theme of your slumber party) and love watching Nancy Drew shows with your sister. You love a good mystery!

Ever the social butterfly, you are almost always with a friend, talking on the phone to a friend or on your way to see a friend. And you are a good friend. You always think of their happiness when making plans--you are a joy to all you meet! Currently your favorite friends are Claire, Hope, Paige and Hannah. 

You are still in dance. You love jazz and are sick of ballet. You don't care for math but love your literature. School can be a challenge but when you try and do your best, you always succeed.

And of course, you are a great sister! The boys adore you and Sarah wants to be just like you. Dino calls you his 'best friend'. You are blessed to have three great siblings and they are pretty darn lucky to have you as their big sister :)

I am so happy to be your mom. I love watching you grow and I cannot wait to see what this new decade of life will bring to you. The next time your age ends in a zero, you will be in college. I am continually amazed in all you do and I am forever crazy about you :)


PS- I love that you still call me mommy and cuddle with me some nights--try not to grow up too fast :)


Nicole (SAHM Ramblings) said...

Happy Birthday, Miley!

Congrats, Lisa - on a very beautifully written letter.

mamachristina said...

Thi sis the sweetest tradition you have started for your kids. You are such a great Mom.

mah-meeee said...

happy birthday miley!

Amanda said...

Don't the years just fly by?
I hope Miley has a great birthday:)
Amanda x

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

Oh, my goodness. That bit about the next zero = college. Wow. I'd never thought about it like that. Eek.

Happy 10th!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Happy Birthday.

What a lovely letter; she'll treasure it always.

Auds at Barking Mad said...

Happy Birthday Miley.

That was such a gorgeous tribute to your little girl. I hope you print that out and hang onto it for her.

OHmommy said...

Please tell me that they really do not grow up to be 10 that fast. Please?

Happy Birthday. What a great day to be born on. Teehee....

CC said...

Happy happy birthday Miley!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Oh...the years fly by far to fast. Happy Birthday, beautiful girl!

Elizabeth said...

oh, happy birthday miley!

isn't it just outrageous how fast they grow. i love what you said about how 10 years ago you found out what love was all about. I can relate with that!

Purple Teacup said...

Yea! Nancy Drew rocks!

Blessings From Above said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Miley, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!

And mom, what a beautiful letter to your daughter that I am sure she will one day cherish.

Brittany said...

OMG I am tearing up! She will love reading this!

Beth said...

You 10 year anniversary of being a mother, congrats. Happy Birthday to Miley too.

Brian and Staci said...

Beautiful Lisa! You are such a great mom! Got my hard cast on...a little easier to type!

Carol said...

Oh that got me all teary.

I can't even imagine coming to terms with one of my babies being 10! I know it'll be here before I know it though.

It goes way too fast.

She sounds like a cool kid. You must be so proud.

Elizabeth said...

hey lisa-come over to my place and join in with my feel good friday...i think you'll like my "theme" this week. :-)

Elaine A. said...

Ten years old!? Oh Lisa how exciting and crazy all at the same time! : )

I hope she had a great birthday (she shares her birth date with my hubby!)and what a sweet letter you wrote to her.

Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

Happy Birthday Miley!

Jacque said...

Hope she had a great birthday!!