“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, January 5, 2013

To My Two Year Old....

Dearest Liddy,
I find that the older I get, the faster time passes by. It seems to me that it was just yesterday, I was looking into your beautiful face for the very first time. It's incomprehensible that I have been blessed enough to stare at that same gorgeous face every day for 730 days.....
We've been through some rough times together, you and I. Some of those 730 days took every bit of the strength I could muster to make it through. But more often than not, our days are simply filled with hugs, and kisses, and smiles, and laughter. That is the greatest blessing that you have brought into my life....the ability to make me smile no matter how bad my day is, how tired I am, or how overwhelming life sometimes gets. 

There have been other gifts you have given and lessons you have patiently taught over the last 2 years. 
Love without reservation. Pray without ceasing. Dancing even when no one is watching. Persistence, grace, and God's infinite mercy. Determination. Patience. Faith in my own strength. There are so many more.....and I know that as you grow, you will continue to teach me with every passing day. 
You greet each morning with a smile on your face....and a bubbly "hi". You dance in the car when the mood strikes you. You sing, loudly, without any thought or care for what others think. You laugh (a lot). You sometimes act crazy (which always makes ME laugh). 
I'm mama to some pretty amazing kids but you are truly the most amazing of them all. 

When we first heard the words Down syndrome, it broke my heart into a thousand pieces. Your birth, and being witness to your life, has knit those broken pieces back together. 

I don't know why you chose me to be your mama. I don't know what I did to deserve it. But I am beyond grateful for every single day of the last two years....even the hard ones....
This year was full of changes for all of us. But it was also a year filled with less worry, less fear, and more thankfulness. This coming year is bringing even more changes. But I know that without a doubt, you will rise to the challenge, as you always do, with a beaming, beautiful smile on your face. You are going to be one amazing big sister! :)

I love you more than life, baby. Happy happy birthday!


  1. Happy (almost) Birthday to your sweet girl. But happy anniversary to you!

  2. Happy birthday to you Itty Bitty Pretty Liddy! I can't believe you are TWO!! It seems like yesterday when I was taking care of you and your sweet momma. You will always have a special little place in my heart and no matter where I am, you will always be close. Love you!!

    1. Awww Ems. :) We love you too!!! So very grateful that this crazy thing called life brought us together!

  3. Happy Birthday Liddy! Mommy's right, you are breathtaking!

  4. The video was beautiful, you found the perfect song for Liddy :)

  5. So beautifully written! Happy Birthday, sweet Liddy!



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