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Happy birthday, squirt.

Dear Laurel,

Six years ago today, you were born and laid on me with your hair plastered to your head in little ringlets and the most intensely blue-purple eyes I'd ever seen. Today you're visiting your grandparents not far from where you were born and looking forward to the birth of your first cousin.

This year has seen a lot of milestones for you: you started school, you learned to read and write, you had your first sick day and snow day, your first best friend and even your first ear infection.

You went through two pairs of sneakers, outgrew your pretty red dress shoes, and wore the princesses off the sandals you got just after you turned five. You wore the Care Bears dress Aunt Amy made you through two tears, on your first field trip and on an airplane. You went on three trips to visit family, acquiring new shoes on every trip, and went to see where your great-grandmother is buried even though you know she's watching you from heaven.

While you're visiting Maghee and Pop-Pop -- names you gave them -- you've been keeping me up to date on the phone and read stories aloud to me, which pleases me so much because I want you to enjoy reading as much as I do.

You've made the transition from little girl to big girl and I couldn't be prouder of you, jiffy pickle. I hope you're always quick to smile and remember how happy you are today with a big family and even more friends that love you.



Love,
Mommy

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digitalusrex
Jul. 3rd, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
very sweet!
that's a great smile she's got there!
congrats on such a wonderful six-year old, melissa!
angelpez
Jul. 3rd, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
Awww! Such a great smile!

Happy Birthday Laurel!
ts_garp
Jul. 3rd, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
Her birthday is yours, too.
Happy birthday to you both.
textivore
Jul. 3rd, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
Much happiness to you both.
redqueenofevil
Jul. 3rd, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
Yay!!! Here's to many more!
clemidia
Jul. 3rd, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
I know how bittersweet these little milestones can be.

I hold good thoughts for both mom and daughter!
rainingvodka
Jul. 3rd, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
=)
revme
Jul. 3rd, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! And happy birthday to her!

polyhymnia
Jul. 3rd, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
Yay Laurel! :) Yay you!
ker_esq
Jul. 3rd, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
awww, happy birthday laurel!
you have to save this for her to read when she's older. . .
moon_orchid
Jul. 3rd, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful, sweet letter to your daughter. Happy Birthday Laurel!

Luv, M
seasidecircus
Jul. 3rd, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
happy birthday to laurel!
i think your letter to her is precious.
freeballoon
Jul. 3rd, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday Laurel!
You are such a wonderful mother, Melissa.
ekdogg
Jul. 3rd, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
I love that pic!
may_lyn
Jul. 4th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
happy birthday to the darlin!

my children's birthdays are always a tiny bit bittersweet, knowing how much they've grown, and knowing they'll never be the same little baby they have been.....
blythewater
Jul. 5th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
Aw, I hope Laurel had a happy birthday! That's a great picture and letter to her...
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