Daughter

She’s not a little girl any more.

Yet, Rachel will always be my daughter.  Even if her foot has been bigger than mine for over a year now.  Even if she gets taller than me.  Even when her hair begins to gray and her first wrinkles appear.

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Aunt Jane and Maw-Maw Rachel came for our birthday celebration.

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Sidney helped Rachel with her new watch.

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Then Prairie helped her with her watch.

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She requested something “flamingo-y.”

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Sidney got a hug for those socks.

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One of the best gifts . . . a camera discarded on a shelf, its first purpose fulfilled, finds a new purpose in the hands our girl.

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The birthday girl gifted us with clarinet music.

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Lincoln accompanied her on guitar.

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Maw-Maw Rachel loved it when Prairie and Lincoln sang hymns.

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Happy Birthday, my sweet Rachel, my daughter.

Time marches forward

relentlessly dragging us along with it.  And we are gifted with glimpses of joy to tuck in with our sorrow.

Lincoln’s 14th birthday was the day after Grandpa Louis’ burial.

It is hard not to smile at the Child of The Red Lips and Goofy Faces.

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Lincoln with MawMaw Rachel (upper left)

Keegan (upper right)

Grandma Sandy, Sidney and Prairie watch Lincoln (lower left)

Aunt Bree (lower right)

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Prairie and Rachel give Lincoln stuffed kittens for his birthday, which he accepts with charm and grace though he knows it is really a con.  The girls love it when their older brother, Lincoln plays stuffed animals with them.

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Lincoln delights in standing next to me, showing off his latest height gains.

 

11 Years ago today,

you slipped from my womb and I saw you for the first time.

I met red hair and a gentle spirit and waited to see what more time would reveal —- who you would become.

You have become a girl with little time to be concerned with her hair or matching clothes.  You give no thought to hair still retaining the oil we put in to work out tangles or a sweater worn backward with a tag sticking out at your neck.  Why concern yourself with such trivialities when there are birthday candles with sweet dirt cake needing to licked?

You are busy and creative —- doing your schoolwork, completing chores, writing stories and poems, drawing flamingos, making art from trash, creating a whole world of characters with your sister.

You focus on the important things.

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You are a girl who asks for very little, and you are joyful when you receive it.  You take joy in small things.

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You love words and reading.  And you are not too self-conscious to be silly and laugh at yourself.

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You treasure birthday cards and love to reread throughout the year, remembering the people who gave them to you.  You treasure memories and people.

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You still have the red hair and gentle spirit, but you are so much more now.  So much more and so much better than I could have ever imagined.

I love you, my dear girl.

 

 

Prairie’s Birthday

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This is a late blog posting.  Prairie’s birthday was last month, October 22th.  My baby turned 9.

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She was all smiles as she unwrapped a homemade gift from her sister.  As always, Rachel uses what is on hand to make something creative.  In this instance, she used a sock and strips of fabric to make a sock horse for Prairie.

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My girl loves her birthday cards.  She keeps all of them and enjoys rereading her cards during the year.

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Sidney got a hug for his gift.

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Grandpa Louis and Grandma Sandy gave Prairie her favorite condiment  —- ketchup!  I missed the preceding shot, where she tipped her head back and with ketchup bottle poised above her lips, pretended to glug-a-glug the whole bottle.

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Prairie was surprised and excited when her brother, Lincoln, carried out his large gift, wrapped in cotton fabric.  What could it be?

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It was a giant stuffed dolphin to cuddle with.  Lincoln had his hands full trying to lift his little sister and her dolphin into a bear hug.

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Grandma Sandy thought she could sneak a birthday doughnut before we sang “Happy Birthday,” but she was unaware that the photographer witnessed her theft until the incriminating evidence had been caught on camera.