“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. I'll always be with you.”
~A.A. Milne, from "Winnie the Pooh"

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Dearest Liddy,

 This upcoming week holds within it one of my favorite days of the year....my birthday. Somehow even though I rarely get presents anymore and that day adds yet another year to my age, I'm still like a kid every year when September 21st rolls around. 
This year is birthday # 34. 34! Wow! 

I suppose that one of these days I will start dreading the ever upward climb of years. But for now, I just feel grateful to have watched another year pass me by.

Last year's birthday sucked. Period. Instead of being celebrated with the usual fanfare, it passed with hardly any acknowledgement. The week before we had found out about your heart defect and DS was confirmed. I spent my day wrapped in a haze of tears.
But I just have to say that looking at your gorgeous face, this year just might be the best birthday yet. I am without fear, without dread, without sadness, without worry. I am overflowing with peace, joy, and love so deep that it knows no bounds. I am the recipient of God's amazing mercy, His amazing grace, and the mama of two of His greatest blessings. I find that, right now, at this moment, I could not ask for more. 

I'm Alive~Kenny Chesney
So damn easy to say that life’s so hard
Everybody’s got their share of battle scars
As for me I’d like to thank my lucky stars that
I’m alive, and well

It’d be easy to add up all the pain
And all the dreams you sat and watched go up in flames
Dwell on the wreckage as it smolders in the rain
But not me, I’m alive

And today you know that’s good enough for me
Breathin' in and out's a blessin' can’t you see
Today's the first day of the rest of my life
And I’m alive, and well
I’m alive, and well

Stars are dancin’ on the water here tonight
It’s good for the soul, when there’s not a soul in sight
But this boat has caught its wind and brought me back to life
Now I’m alive, and well

And today you know that’s good enough for me
Breathin' in and out's a blessing can’t you see
Today is the first day of the rest of my life
Now I’m alive, and well
Yeah I’m alive, and well

Yep, I'm alive and well. :)

I love you, sugarplum.......


  1. She is so beautiful. It is amazing how a year can change so much. I can't imagine life without Emily. Such an incredible journey.

  2. Beautiful post, Heidi! Happy birthday dear friend and keep the LiddyBug pics coming! Liddy has the most precious smile :)

  3. Love the Liddy pictures in the post. I just turned 34 too...Hope your Birthday this year is FABULOUS!!! You deserve it :)

  4. Happy (almost) Birthday! I hope your birthday is wonderful :-) Beautiful pictures of Liddy!

  5. Happy Birthday!! funny how our birthdays become more about our family and less about the presents..I do think we got the BEST one of a kind present our --family...LOVE the pix to sweet! have a wonderful week, day, year! smiles

  6. I'm LATE! Happy Happy Birthday, friend!!! I hope your day was as sweet and wonderful as you! :)
    I cried at your comment on my family blog...I'd love to know the story behind it if you don't mind sharing? Email me if you can? Praying for you!!


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