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    Monday, April 11, 2011

    This girl,


    who is also this girl,


    is celebrating a birthday today.


    That's right...my sweet firstborn is 11 today.


    Yes, I did say 11.

    Recently I have been swept up by moments in which I see the young woman she's becoming. After over a decade of watching my daughter grow and blossom in her own right, I see a young lady who is gentle-hearted yet brave, intelligent and knowing yet still very innocent. She's firm but polite, silly but never mean.

    Her heart is still fragile, but her spirit is strong. Eldest is quiet in her confidence, only daring to boast in the presence of those who know her best. We understand it's because she's at that age of insecurity. She trusts that we will help foster her confidence further, and in turn, we will trust that she'll do what's best with it.

    She's a friend to all, a loving sister, a child of Faith, and a cherished daughter.

    Her little light touches so many because she lets it shine, shine, shine. And I'm so glad it does!

    Happy birthday radiant girl! Keep that ray of light as bright as you are, and may your next eleven years be as fulfilling, promising, and filled with joy as the first.

    I love you...


    10 Responses to “

    Casey said...

    Happy Birthday to Madeline!

    High Heeled Life said...

    Happy Birthday to your Eldest!!! She truly radiates warmth and kindess... a reflection of the love she has been given. Many blessings my friend.xo HHL

    JMW said...

    Happy birthday to your daughter! The big 11, she's getting so big! Hope you all are doing well. :)

    Ruth said...

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sweet niece. It is wonderful to watch what a beautiful and smart young lady you are becoming.

    Aunt Ruth

    Kerri said...

    Happy birthday beautiful one! It may sound corny, but I can see in her face all the wonderment you describe - precious, precious, girl!

    Royar said...

    Happy Birthday to your Eldest! She is a beautiful young lady and I hope her 11th year is wonderful! XO

    Lori Ellen said...

    Eleven! Wow! Seems like only yesterday I kept running into you two in Banana Republic in Memphis...when she was in a stroller. Such a beautiful girl!

    Your Southern Peach said...

    What a great tribute to your lovely daughter!

    Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

    happy Birthday!!!

    Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

    Happy belated birthday to your sweet girl! How did y'all celebrate?