That girl.

That girl.

My girl.





My girl.

I honestly have no idea where 9 years have gone. Plopped right between your older brother and younger sister, you have carved yourself a solid place in our crazy family.

You have that laugh… the laugh everyone tells me is simply the best they have ever heard.

And there has been a shift… a shift in us.

Your warmth is hot. Your hunger for closeness is the delight of my heart. “I love you” pours from your lips and right now I cling and savor the fact that you want me around for everything.

No embarrassment. No wet blanket… you need me. You show it.

I savor these days of we.

Our giggles. Our long hugs. Our return to snuggle time.

Olivia, you are so complex. You are the one I have the hardest time figuring out.

You are cool. Compliant. Easy. Diplomatic. Sacrificial.


But I have to watch close.





You inspire me to become. To reach. To listen.

I am a far greater person because of you, my daughter. I treasure you… I admire you.

I am so proud of you.

The way you care. Your heart…

You are capable and it doesn’t occur to you that you cannot.

You are brave.

And strong.

And so very tender-hearted.

I am honored to be your mom. I pray for me… to be the mom that nurtures your heart in the specific way your heart should be nurtured. I pray for our relationship… in this time of bounty… and in anticipation of the years we have yet to meet. I want it to be this way forever. This is a golden time… I treasure it. But even when rough patches hit… I will treasure you. Us. Know I love you always, no matter what.

No. Matter. What.

I pray your laugh will always topple people. Infect them. Affect them.

I pray your sensible and practical head prevails when hard decisions must be made. I envy your ability to shrug and let small things roll off. You teach me so much!

Olivia, I love you beyond measure. I adore you.

Plus, I have so much fun with you… So very much fun…



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4 Responses to “That girl.”

  1. Kerry says:

    This post melts my heart. What a sweet girl. What a sweet mom 🙂 x

  2. lisa says:

    This post mirrors my heart’s message to my own daughter, who turns 9 on 6/12. She blows me away daily with the love she has, and the fact that she’s not embarrassed to let her her friends know how much she loves me. She constantly makes me so proud of her by simply being herself.

    I fear the day it changes, because unless I’m the luckiest mom out there, it will alter as the “TWEEN & TEEN” days approach, but for now I cherish her daily.

    Thanks for your posts, you always have the right thing to say…

  3. Mikki says:

    What a sweet post!! I love my girls too. Girls are special little gifts from above..

    Have a great weekend..

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