20 April, 2010

{she melts my heart}

April 19, 2000 will forever be one of my very most favorite days. That's the day I met my sweet girl....all 4lbs 9oz and 17in of her!

These are some of my favorite pictures of Emma when she was between 4-5....that's about all I made it through before the tears blurred my eyes too much to see the pictures clearly.

Emma Grace,

How can you be 10 already? Wasn't it just yesterday that I held you in my arms throughout your 2hr morning nap? Didn't I just cry with you as you got your kindergarten shots?
Here are a few of my most favorite things about you:
-you're incredibly shy and quiet....the total opposite of me
-you have your own style and aren't easily influenced by your friends
-you love Jesus
-your tender spirit just melts my heart
-you're super compassionate and usually root for the underdog
-you love Eli and don't get annoyed w/him too often
-your face lights up when you talk about animals of all kinds....ok, except snakes! ;)
-you save EVERYTHING.....little scraps of paper, shells, rocks, ribbon, etc (just like Mimi!)
-you love to read
-music is one of your favorite things
-you aren't afraid to try new things
-you're a great and loyal friend
-you blush easily
-you still sleep w/your hands behind your head
-when you love someone or something, you love w/your whole heart
-your giggles still crack me up
-you aren't embarrassed to throw the "I love you" sign up to me
-you sometimes call me "mommy"
Even though my heart is a little sad that you're no longer a "little" girl, I totally love the stage you're in now. You are growing into a beautiful young lady! I love watching as you discover who you are and what's important to you. I'm so very proud of you, Emma!
I love you right up to the moon.....and back!


Lynn said...

Emma is such a sweetheart and a beautiful girl!

Happy birthday, Emma!

Jeano said...

I just saw this. How I love thus girl.

Valerie said...

Hi Tonya!

I am so glad you found me and dropped by! I loved your name suggestion...the only problem is that my sweet sister beat me to Eli! Elijah Anthony is my beautiful little 2-year old nephew who is a congenital heart defect survivor! So, I guess I'll let her keep Eli as the family name! LOL

Your post honoring your sweet daughter's birthday brought tears to my eyes. I know what you mean about time...it seems to spin so fast. Mary Catherine will be 6 this August...didn't I just struggle to conceive her...watch her grow thru the toddler years? How in the world can she be starting kindergarten. And your little sweet pea was only 4lb 9oz? Oh my...what a precious gift she is.

I do hope you come by again! I look forward to getting to know you better,