Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Happy Birthday Number 7!

Today is our dear Elizabeth's 7th birthday.

This birthday has been long in coming-to Elizabeth anyway! For at least two to three months now I have been hearing, "How many days, Mama?" It is funny how much our little ones look forward to their birthdays and we adults try to ignore them. Grin.

It is hard to imagine that she has been here for seven years. My children are growing up so fast! I don't know when it happened. I have "older children" now. I no longer have little ones. What happened there? I was so busy with my crazy life I forgot to look around and see they would not stay that way. Here are my beautiful children:

I feel so blessed. Every single day I know how very blessed I am. They are all so incredibly different and I am blessed to be their mother--to teach, to train, to love, to laugh with. What an honor!

For those of you under the tyranny of the urgent - the weight that often comes with many small ones - it passes so fast. You will one day wake up and realize there are no diapers to change, that everyone is sleeping through the night, that you are teaching the last of your children to read. I remember it like it was yesterday - the fear of teaching my first. Will she ever learn? Wow - they learn and they grow and the time goes so fast.

So while there is today - love those little ones. Enjoy them. Enjoy them. Enjoy them. May God be praised that I have seen it now - before any more time has passed.

So happy birthday to my precious daughter. You are a gift to me and I am grateful.


JenIG said...

i was thinking about you this morning because i knew you had a birthday girl today. i'm so glad you posted pics of everyone. look how LONG H's hair is!!! they are all soooo lovely, just like their beautiful momsie

andijeane said...

What a beautiful family you have! Happy birthday to your daughter. My youngest turned 8 in January, and I remember thinking, "I don't have littles anymore!" I'm so grateful to be able to homeschool my children! We get to enjoy every step.


jess4him said...

Wow Kate! Thanks for that post! I am so looking forward to having children one day... I can hardly wait. My wonderful husband brought me to work today (since I'm leaving early so we can take a road trip to visit family), and the whole way we talked about our dream of adopting children and having a large, loving family ... when the Lord sees fit.

Your post put me in even greater anticipation! :)

Love to you,


Anonymous said...

You have a beautiful family! And I see your wolf cub!!


Dy said...

Oh, Kate, I've been so ploughed under with various "little things" (not the kids, just stuff that pops up) that my time has been so limited, and I can't believe I missed this beautiful post.

You're right. They become big so very quickly. And yours, for the record, are absolutely beautiful. I hope 7 is a fantastic year for your beautiful daughter. Happiest of Birthdays!