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Three years ago today

Three years ago today, my life forever changed
not only did I become a mother 
but I learned to love and open my heart in a whole new way
I learned to experience things in a new light
experiencing fear, joy, sadness and happiness was now in such a real and raw form

viewing the world through her eyes made things more exciting
everyday ordinaries became new extraordinaire s 
simple pleasures became big treasures 
and she has taught me to stop and smell the roses once again
this sweet little girl, has helped me make big changes in my own heart
she is a blessing beyond measure and I'll never understand God's goodness
in choosing me to raise such a beautiful soul.
this girl's heart blows me away 
she already prays for the ones she loves
she makes me laugh harder than most grown adults with her hilarious antics
and silly songs
her shyness is endearing
her tears are infectious
her dance moves are killer
her imagination is beyond what it should be
her hugs and kisses are rare
but her cuddle sessions can last for days
she is a unique soul
a tender-hearted gem
I pray that I will be the mother that God intended me to be
that I will help train her up in the ways of Him
that her sweet heart would be wrapped up in God's goodness and
that it wouldn't he hurt or broken too easily
That she would know that God's love will be greater than anything that might 
break it.
That she will have amazing friends who will love her for HER...
Three years ago today...

This precious being took hold of our hearts and we couldn't imagine life without her.
It literally feels like only moments since I brought her home and held her all night in fear that she would stop breathing if I laid her in her bassinet.
moments since she took her first steps and said "I love you mama"
moments since she turned ONE
then TWO
and now here I am staring at her. 
My three year old.
Where did the time go?

Happy Birthday Elsie Pearl!
We love you sweet girl.
More than you'll ever know.


jennifer said...

Oh. My. Goodness. Love her so so much! Her hair is so long. She looks like a kid!! Give her love from all of us!

Alexis said...

She is beautiful and your words couldn't be any more precious.

Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!

The Ward Family said...

Such a sweet post. You express yourself so well! It does go by so fast. I can't decide if I should start Jocelynn in Kindergarten this year. I selfishly want to keep her home . . .it's so sad how fast these years fly.

Kara said...

She is so precious! I love her dress. It is no question that you love her very very much.

Kara said...

She is so precious! I love her dress. It is no question that you love her very very much.

Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve. said...

Such a sweet post! Happy Birthday to your little girl!

mistergandme said...

This is such a sweet post! Happy birthday!! :)

Anonymous said...

So cute

Debonair Bandit said...

She is precious and your love for her is infectious

Zephyr Snapbacks said...

she is gorgeous... kids are always beautiful...:D

Autumn said...

She is beautiful! My little girl turns three on the 29th...time slips by so fast!

Kasey Lynne said...

Awww Happy Birthday Elsie!

She is such a cutie!!! I can't even imagine how happy you are to be her mama :)

Laura@Splendor said...

sweet girl. happy birthday to your little beauty!!

Jenna@The Life of the Wife said...

What a beautiful letter to your daughter. She is so lucky to have a mom like you!!!