Monday, September 28, 2009

seems like just yesterday....

My oldest child is turning 21 today.
Time has flown by.
Seems like just yesterday....

you would wake me up giggling in your sleep,


and....

you could charm the pants off your family without even trying.


It seems like just yesterday.....



you would spend hours sitting quietly in your high chair playing or coloring
so that your mom could study for nursing school.



But....


sometimes microbiology was just too exciting.

It seems like just yesterday....


I worried about your fashion sense


And....



we thought we would never grow those bangs out.



It seems like just yesterday.....



we cheered when you lost a tooth.


And....


when you graduated from kindergarten.


It seems like just yesterday.....



you and Ben King duked it out over spelling bees and math competitions,

and......



you showed your competitive spirit in every area of your life.


It seems like just yesterday....


we marveled at how you seemed to change into a beautiful woman over night.



And...

amazingly more beautiful on the inside.

Today.....



We continue to look forward to watching you take on the world


and watching you try new and fun things

and we look forward....

to seeing how God will use you and your gifts to serve Him.

We love you Nae! Happy Birthday!

12 comments:

Lucky Girl said...

Omigosh Tori,
I am sitting here bawling my eyes out... What a lovely tribute to your amazing Nae Nae. Can you believe how the time has flown? That's it, I am going to call my first born right now and blubber in his ear. Of course, since it's not HIS birthday, he will think I should consider getting on anti-D's, but it will be worth it to hear his voice this morning! Thanks for this beautiful entry!

TreasureHunter said...

Hello from SITS!

What a beautiful child you have. Thank you for sharing!

Janna Bee said...

Awww... this is such a loving tribute to your daughter! Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Margaret said...

What a sweet post. It looks like you have a great daughter. Happy Birthday to her.

Llama said...

Aw! This was so sweet! Happy Birthday to your amazing daughter! It looks like she has grown up to be someone completely wonderful!

Jessica said...

So beautiful! What wonderful pictures and memories of your girl. I love it.

rxBambi said...

what a great post and a beautiful daughter. Congrats to you both for making it thru!

Anonymous said...

Yes it does seem like yesterday that she would fall asleep with me in the recliner. Make me cry. Papa

Martinis or Diaper Genies? said...

such a cute post. congrats to you!

Lani said...

This is such a sweet post! I don't even know you and I'm sitting here all teary-eyed! Man, since I became a mom, I am a total sap!! Seriously though, your daughter is beautiful. Good job mama!

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K Eldred said...

Hi there, friend! This is a really wonderful post ~ and if nobody has told you this lately, you are a really special person. Also, happy 21st birthday to Nae!

Bethany said...

Happy Birthday to her! She sounds like an amazing young woman!!