It’s been a very exciting, emotional and exhausting week over here. First of all, it’s May. Every mom knows about May’s madness… and I am swimming in the whirlwind of crazy right along with them. On top of the mayhem of the last week of school, there was and always is- Cassidy’s birthday. It adds a bit more icing on the cake of it all. And with her graduating from grade school- heading off to middle school…
Leading up to this glorious celebration, I have been reflecting on my daughter’s precious life. Walking down the corridors of each year’s hallway, I’ve been cautiously taking peeks into the rooms of memories that stretch and stir and still my heart. Oh, what a miraculous, glorious, wondrous, tumultuous, life it’s been. A decade of years that have seemed to blur into one instant, appeared before me as though I turned my head and closed my eyes and she transformed into a grown girl. How did it happen? Those countless blurry days all threaded into a decade of twists and turns and winding paths that lead us to now. This moment in time where I suddenly see it all transform before me.
For ten years, I flailed and flung myself fumbling through my motherhood mission, and here I am realizing my baby has passed through season after season and day after day and year after year…
To get here.
I turn the corner into yet another corridor, cautiously and nervously anticipating all the highs and lows of middle school. I cannot open any doors to memories just yet, but I am confident that my baby will lead the way and create rooms with a purpose and a passion. I believe in her.
Oh, how I believe in her.
Thankful for her first year…
Thankful for her second year…
Thankful for her third year…
Thankful for her fourth year…
Thankful for her fifth year…
Thankful for her sixth year…
Thankful for her Seventh year…
Thankful for her Eighth year…
Thankful for her Ninth year…
Thankful for her Tenth year…
Here’s to year Eleven!
Happy happy birthday to Cassidy!
I know her eleven is going to be amazing.
Thanks so much my friend!! I think so too…
*HUGS TO YOU*
Dyanne @ I Want Backsies says
I love this tribute to Cassidy! So much fun to see her progress through the years. She’s a go-getter and will enjoy middle school. Happy birthday to her!
Oh thank you so much Dyanne! She IS a go-getter!!! 🙂
btw- you were *almost first*!!! SECOND!!! LOL 😉
My Inner Chick says
B e a u t I f u l.
XXXXXXX I am thankful for YOU.
AW!!! Oh my HEART. And I am thankful for YOU!!!
*Love you (and Kay) so much*
Well. Isn’t she adorable/beautiful..
I’m breathless, Chris. Literally. With Scarlet turning five. Even when she turned two, I found myself short of breath. Now that Des is turning two and Scarlet turning five and BlogU and ahhhh to everything, I find myself occasionally short of breath.
Happy, Happy to you both!
You KNOW I get that Tamara! Oh girl, so much going on!! I am just praying for your exciting season and wishing I could be gasping with you at BlogU!!! (Could you imagine? Sigh…)
Janine Huldie says
Aww, Happy, Happy Birthday to Cassidy and loved seeing all the pictures here over the years. Truly wonderful post and so much indeed to be thankful for 😉
Thanks so so much Janine!! You are such a love! I hope someday our girls can meet and play together!! (Wouldn’t that be so awesome?)
I hope you are enjoying your family time this weekend, hun!!! XOXOXO
What precious photos! I have heard enough of and from Cassidy to know she’s an amazing girl. Happy Birthday!
AW! Thanks so much Sarah!! I may be biased, but yeah- she’s pretty amazing! lol
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! WHat a beautiful set of photos! and a great way to present the ultimate thankful list!
AW!! Thanks so much Zoe!!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, my friend! XO
Awwwh Beautiful Cass 🙂 This is a lovely photo series, and I’m so happy you dedicated this to her 🙂
Thanks babe!! It took me about 12 hours to dig up photos and take ‘do-able’ pics from my phone to download. Good grief! I figured if I wrote about each year, it would take 10 times longer!! 😉
(Hope you are having a MARVELOUS time with niece and neph!!!) *HUGS*
Bless your boots! Did she like seeing this, and all the years of her which you worked so hard to compile?
It is a big deal when they get to that double digit age. You have one beautiful daughter, both inside and out, on your hands. It will be exciting to see what she does as she grows.
Thanks Christine! I can’t wait to see what happens in her life as she grows… I do know it will have purpose and passion! I am a blessed mama!
another jennifer says
Happy Birthday, Cassidy! I love the photos. So very precious. I hope to meet you both some day!
Thanks so much hun!!!! I cannot WAIT to meet you and your boys someday!! It’s gonna happen. Oh, yes it will!! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, Jen!! XOXOXO (Update me when you can!!)
Happy Birthday to Cassidy! I love all of the pictures of her!!!
Thanks so much Kim!! I hope you are having a GLORIOUS weekend!! XOXO
What a beautiful girl! Congrats on her graduation. Have a great summer!
Thanks so much Cyndy! I appreciate you stopping by! 🙂
Beth Teliho says
Amazing 10 thankfuls, Chris! What a beautiful, blessed little girl. 🙂
Thanks love! I’m a blessed mama… 🙂 XOXOXO
Oh such a beautiful way to look at a birthday. I tend to get sad at the years passing by and forget to be thankful. Thank you for the reminder!
It’s amazing how the years seem to blur into each other… and yes oh yes, how I know that sadness in letting go of another year for our babes! I have that mixed into this celebration Jenny! Bitter sweet for sure!
Sandy Ramsey says
Happy, happy birthday to beautiful Cassidy!! She is just precious and you are both so very blessed to have each other! I know exactly where you are in the mayhem. The end of the school year is so crazy hectic..what is up with that? Well, I guess it makes us a little more grateful for summer vacation!
And with all YOU have going on, I’m so thankful you even stopped by Sandy!! Thanks so much love. HUGS to you and to NIKKI!!!
You’re such a beautiful Mama to a gorgeous girl, Chris! Happy 10th to Cassidy!
Oh Alison, you are so very kind! Thank you so much!! Your comment made my day. 🙂
Oh how quickly the time passes by! You captured it beautifully! Happy Birthday Cassidy! You are a beautiful young lady with a beautiful mom! Love you both:)
AW!!!!! You are such a LOVE to comment Emily!!! Thank you so so much. I know you get this! Sweet Claire is flashing right before your eyes too! XOXO
Shay from Trashy Blog says
What a sweet post. I’m thankful every day for my boys, too, and just the other day caught myself crying like an idiot over a Facebook post that my husband had put up of them. It was supposed to be funny, and it was, but I suddenly felt this overwhelming surge of sentimentality over how much I love them. They are just such blessings–as is your daughter. Loved it!
Isn’t it amazing how it just hits you and you feel this intense love and overwhelming joy/gratitude for your children? Oh the mama heart!!
I get it, Shay. Oh how I get it! 🙂
Katie @ Pick Any Two says
Happy Birthday to Cassidy! Loved seeing her progression. She is so beautiful!
Aw! Thanks so much Katie!! I love that my now middle schooler has her tooth on her pillow awaiting the tooth fairy… Holding my breath. Praying she lingers in her childhood a bit longer still.
Lisa @ The Golden Spoons says
She’s lovely! Such a sweet walk down memory lane. These transitions are so incredibly bittersweet, aren’t they?
OH they ARE Lisa!! So amazing to celebrate the victories and triumphs through all her hard years especially…
Loved seeing her series of photos…all the changes as she grows and matures. What an engaging smile she has.
She really does have an illuminating smile! One of my favorite things about her… it matches her spirit perfectly. 🙂
Happy Birthday to her!
what a joy to see the progression of her life in those pics!
oh my heart — what a lovely young lady you’ve got there!
Thanks so much my friend! She is a love and a light!! I am so very proud of her!