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The Birthday Girl

 I always dreamed of having children.  But, I must admit, as I got older the whole idea of it overwhelmed me.

Hundreds of worries would run through my head, and still do, as my hopes became my reality and I became “Mom.”

Of course as soon as I had one child everyone would ask, “So, when are you going to have another one?”

I truly had no idea.  I had no set plans.  I always just said, “I think I will just try one at a time and see what happens.”

One . . . two . . . and then three sweet babies joined our family.

I realized quickly how wise the old woman was that stopped me in the middle of a full blown temper tantrum with one of my children.

Although I admit it was somewhat aggravating at the time, she smiled and calmly said,

“Enjoy this time. The days are long and hard, but the years will flash by in a blink of an eye.”

Oh how right she was!

For awhile we thought our family was complete, but deep down I wasn’t convinced.

Gratefully we were blessed with just one more . . . our Katelyn Ruth.

We all anticipated her arrival and it was bittersweet, for we knew she would be our last.

But the sweet outweighed the bitter for sure.

That sunny day, now 5 years ago, our lives became even brighter.

She has brought so much joy, laughter and love to our family.

She has us all wrapped around her little finger, as the baby of the family usually does.

It is safe to say we are all quite smitten.

So, to our girl who has turned 5 in a “blink of an eye” . . . Happy Birthday!!

I hope you continue to dance, sing, laugh and smile your way through life, just as you do now.

Love you forever,

Your Mom

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