Sunday, June 6, 2010

21 Years Ago, My Life Was Changed

by this precious bundle of pure cuteness.



The moment you were placed in my arms, all 6 pounds, I knew my life would never be the same and I was so right!

You have taught me so much about life, love and courage. You were tenacious in spite of some tough challenges you faced as a little one. I remember when you were 3 months old and the doctor put your leg in a cast to help straighten it out. You still learned to turn over and even crawl a few months later. I still remember how you cried each time the cast was removed and a new one was put on. My eyes filled with tears right along with you.



You never allowed fear to stop you from doing anything. I remember the many times you ducked under the water in the bathtub. You never came up sputtering. You would laugh and do it again. Even to this day, I have no idea how you learned to swim. You just did. You jumped in and away you went.

I have adored your heart for people and animals. You never want anyone to hurt. I have wonderful memories of you constantly holding services for roly polys and any other bugs that suffered the fate of death. You wanted them to know that they mattered to you.



Even when I was really sick and ended up in the hospital, you didn't want me to hurt and be cold so you snuck and gave me a blanket. You were willing to take the wrath just to make sure I was no longer shivering.

I love how you have my sense of humor. I know that I can say just about anything and that you will laugh right along with me because you get me. You really do.

More than anything I cherish your maturity in making some tough decisions. I know that without a doubt, your prince charming is out there and he will cherish and love you the way your family and friends love you. Although, just say the word and I can fix you up with a few of my blogging friends sons.

Thank you for being my hero...for reminding me to soar even when I didn't feel like soaring. Thank you for embracing me not only as your mommy but also as your friend. I hope that you know that I cherish your friendship as much as I cherish you as my daughter.



Enjoy the beginning of a new journey and adventure. There's some cool stuff in store..I just know it. (You're not allowed to bungee jump...that's an order!) I love you my sweet baby girl! Happy 21st birthday!

26 comments:

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Oh Simone, I'm crying over here! I love this. I can feel the bond between you and your beautiful, precious daughter! Happy birthday to her and congrats to you for creating such an exquisite human being. Your love and relationship is exactly what I hope to have with my daughter some day. Thanks for sharing these photos and your words with us. Bless you both!

Buckeroomama said...

Happy 21st birthday to your daughter! As much as you feel that you are blessed to have your girls, they are equally blessed to have you for their mother.

Lovely, lovely post, Simone. :)

Multiple personalities.. said...

Aw, that was such a sweet tribute to your daughter! She's beautiful! And you're a beautiful mom who is obviously so devoted. Thanks for sharing that with us! I know I haven't stopped by in a while, but I'm sure glad I did today. :-D

Frau said...

Happy Birthday to your baby girl! I hope she has a wonderful day.

Ina in Alaska said...

Simone that was so beautiful... happy birthday to a beautiful woman!! xoxoxo and many more...

Veronica Lee said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!

Simone, that was truly beautiful!!

((hugs))

Lion-ess said...

This is beautiful!!

Happy Birthday Jarani!!

Kwana said...

Oh how wonderful! happy 21st birthday to your beautiful baby girl!

Anita said...

How blessed the both of you are for having each other!
I love all the pictures - especially how you ended, with your daughter standing on the God's beautiful ocean (?), looking very lovely and confident. She's so young and has SO much life ahead of her.
Happy Birthday!

Redbonegirl97 said...

Happy Birthday to you, for all your hard on that day 21 years old. Happy Birthday to you daughter as well.

Peace, Love and Chocolate
Tiffany

Elle Bee said...

Oh this is so sweet! Beautiful words, memories, photos. Happy B-day to your lovely daughter!

tangerine: said...

Mommy! I loved this so much. This was a great blog post to wake up to. Thank you. Like they said, I'm equally blessed to have you as a mother. Let's make mischief today at the casino. I love you!

Syrone said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Jarani! Aw...I remember all the things your mom mentioned in the your tribute. Not only are you a beautiful young lady, but you have a sweet, caring inner spirit. I'll always think of you as little Jare Bear.

Have a super wonderful birthday, and please you guys stay out of trouble. I don't think I can come and bail you out if you get into any mischief.

Menopausal New Mom said...

Simone!! I'm in tears, that was so beautiful and I feel just like that with my 4 year old. Such an wonderful birthday tribute!!!

Heart2Heart said...

I love all these tributes that I come across in blog world. You get a birds eye view from those that love them the most and just how far they've come in 21 years.

Please pass along my birthday blessings to your beautiful daughter.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Erin said...

what a lovely tribute! happy birthday to your sweet girl and the photos are beautiful. love the gymnastics one with her on the bar!

Danica said...

Beautiful!!!!

Happy birthday to your daughter! She's so lucky to have you in her life.

peewee said...

21!!!! How fun! And she's gorgeous! You must be so proud.

blueviolet said...

I can't believe she's 21, Simone! Your love for your daughter(s) shines through all the time!

Velvet Over Steel said...

Beautiful post and birthday tribute to your daughter! It brought tears and I feel like I know her too now. Wonderful! Happy 21st Birthday to her too!
Hugs,
Coreen

ethelmaepotter! said...

I'm smiling through my tears...

This is absolutely beautiful, Simone. And reading through it, I recognize YOU in everything you've said about your precious daughter; it's no wonder she has developed into such a kind and wise person.

Happy birthday...and memories.

My name is PJ. said...

I love walks down Memory Lane, Simone and this one was so special.


Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter!!

Deborah Ann said...

Aw, she's beautiful! You must be one proud mamma!

mzbehavin said...

what a beautiful post..... you captured the joys, the worry, the tears, the pride, and the everlasting love that encloses the mother/child bond....... Thanks for a lovely read!

Just Breathe said...

So sweet. 21 is so exciting! Hope she had a perfect birthday. She is beautiful.

sanjeet said...

they are equally blessed to have you for their mother.
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