Friday, December 2, 2011

And Now It's Been 12 years!

I've officially been a parent for 12 years.
Twelve.
That's a really long time!
Nevermind me, this means my daughter, my little girl, is 12!!


How can it be that God chose to entrust me with this beautiful, complicated, intelligent, amazing person?
How can it be that her presence over the past 12 years has taught me, moulded me and forced me to grow more than I could ever have imagined?
It blows my mind.
It takes my breath away when I think of how quickly she has grown.

Anyways, enough pretty words and introspective sentences:)
Here are the birthday pics!


Caity was so proud to give her sister a gift in this princess bag!


And she wrote her own note in this princess card.


The birthday packages all stacked up!
(these were from family too, not just us)


My non-cake-eating kiddo requested to bake cinnamon buns with me for her birthday treat.
I couldn't help myself, I had to stack them up on a cake plate.
{Birthday= not complete without cake!}


12 candles!

Present time!

Everyone in our family wrote words that describe Mikayla on this poster.
She loved this.
She pinned it on her wall.
I think we started a new tradition!

I love it when the kids can encourage each other in a positive way!



Girl loves books!


She loves cards, too!
She has kept all her cards.
Always.
She has a huge bin of them!


Happy birthday to my sweetheart Mikayla.
My big girl.
That firstborn.
The helper.
The organizer.
The reader.
The list maker.
The baker.
The overall-on-top-of-it girl!
I love you!

11 comments:

Jones Family said...

Absolutely incredible! 12 years old! WOW- She has become such a stunning beauty like her mom- well done momma, and happy birthday Mikayla! Brought tears to my eyes knowing I'm half way there with my first born girl! lol Inspiring as always. P.s those books looked amazing!

Grandpa Russ said...

Well done, darling daughter!

It's been quite the journey from that first discussion around the dinner table on Fourth St.

You and Mike are terrific parents to each and every one of your wonderful kids - your mom and I are so proud of you both.

How quickly the time has gone by, seems like only yesterday that Mike was calling us in the waiting room at St Agony to announce the arrival of our first grandchild - a little girl named Mikayla Grace.

And to just think - only 365 days left before you'll have your first teenager!

Whew!

Much love to all. . .

Dad/Grandpa

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