Ten Years of Thankful

Posted on May 24 2014 - 5:20pm by momcafe

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…  

I’m  breathless.

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.

First Year framed




Thankful for her first year…





Second Year framed




Thankful for her second year…





Third Year framed




Thankful for her third year…





Fourth Year framed




Thankful for her fourth year…





Fifth year flower girl framed




Thankful for her fifth year…





Sixth year framed




Thankful for her sixth year…





Seventh Year framed




Thankful for her Seventh year…





Eighth Year framed




Thankful for her Eighth year…





Ninth Year framed




Thankful for her Ninth year…





Tenth Year framed




Thankful for her Tenth year…






Here’s to year Eleven!

 Here's to year eleven framed

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46 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Tracie May 24, 2014 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Happy happy birthday to Cassidy!

    I know her eleven is going to be amazing.

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much my friend!! I think so too…

      *HUGS TO YOU*

  2. Dyanne @ I Want Backsies May 24, 2014 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Frist comment?!

    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!

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      Oh thank you so much Dyanne! She IS a go-getter!!! :)

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      btw- you were *almost first*!!! SECOND!!! LOL ;)

  3. My Inner Chick May 24, 2014 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    B e a u t I f u l.

    XXXXXXX I am thankful for YOU.

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      AW!!! Oh my HEART. And I am thankful for YOU!!!

      *Love you (and Kay) so much*


  4. Tamara May 24, 2014 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    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!

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      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…)

  5. Janine Huldie May 24, 2014 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    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 ;)

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      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

  6. Sarah May 24, 2014 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    What precious photos! I have heard enough of and from Cassidy to know she’s an amazing girl. Happy Birthday!

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      AW! Thanks so much Sarah!! I may be biased, but yeah- she’s pretty amazing! lol

  7. zoe May 24, 2014 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! WHat a beautiful set of photos! and a great way to present the ultimate thankful list!

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      AW!! Thanks so much Zoe!!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, my friend! XO

  8. Considerer May 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Awwwh Beautiful Cass :) This is a lovely photo series, and I’m so happy you dedicated this to her :)

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm - Reply

      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*

      • Considerer May 26, 2014 at 7:24 pm - Reply

        Bless your boots! Did she like seeing this, and all the years of her which you worked so hard to compile?

  9. christine May 25, 2014 at 1:00 am - Reply

    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.

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      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!

  10. another jennifer May 25, 2014 at 1:26 am - Reply

    Happy Birthday, Cassidy! I love the photos. So very precious. I hope to meet you both some day!

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      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!!)

  11. Kim May 25, 2014 at 2:30 am - Reply

    Happy Birthday to Cassidy! I love all of the pictures of her!!!

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Kim!! I hope you are having a GLORIOUS weekend!! XOXO

  12. cyndy May 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful girl! Congrats on her graduation. Have a great summer!

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Cyndy! I appreciate you stopping by! :)

  13. Beth Teliho May 25, 2014 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Amazing 10 thankfuls, Chris! What a beautiful, blessed little girl. :)

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      Thanks love! I’m a blessed mama… :) XOXOXO

  14. Jenny May 26, 2014 at 12:54 am - Reply

    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!

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      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!

  15. Sandy Ramsey May 26, 2014 at 2:04 am - Reply

    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!

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm - Reply

      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!!!

  16. Alison May 26, 2014 at 7:29 am - Reply

    You’re such a beautiful Mama to a gorgeous girl, Chris! Happy 10th to Cassidy!

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      Oh Alison, you are so very kind! Thank you so much!! Your comment made my day. :)

  17. Emily May 26, 2014 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    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:)

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      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

  18. Shay from Trashy Blog May 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    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!

    • momcafe May 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      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! :)

  19. Katie @ Pick Any Two May 26, 2014 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday to Cassidy! Loved seeing her progression. She is so beautiful!

    • momcafe May 29, 2014 at 3:15 am - Reply

      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.

  20. Lisa @ The Golden Spoons May 27, 2014 at 2:02 am - Reply

    She’s lovely! Such a sweet walk down memory lane. These transitions are so incredibly bittersweet, aren’t they?

    • momcafe May 29, 2014 at 3:16 am - Reply

      OH they ARE Lisa!! So amazing to celebrate the victories and triumphs through all her hard years especially…

  21. May May 27, 2014 at 4:42 am - Reply

    Loved seeing her series of photos…all the changes as she grows and matures. What an engaging smile she has.

    • momcafe May 29, 2014 at 3:28 am - Reply

      She really does have an illuminating smile! One of my favorite things about her… it matches her spirit perfectly. :)

  22. Rorybore May 28, 2014 at 3:54 am - Reply

    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!

    • momcafe May 29, 2014 at 3:30 am - Reply

      Thanks so much my friend! She is a love and a light!! I am so very proud of her!

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