Ten Years of Thankful

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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  1. says

    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!

    • says

      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…)

  2. says

    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 😉

    • says

      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

    • says

      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*

  3. says

    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.

    • says

      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!

    • says

      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!!)

  4. says

    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!

    • says

      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!

  5. says

    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!

  6. Emily says

    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:)

    • says

      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

  7. says

    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!

    • says

      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! 🙂

    • says

      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.

  8. says

    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!

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