The ramblings of a woman,
wife, & mother, who loves:
Jesus / my man / the three,
learning about parenting /
mamahood / childbirth,
cooking foods healthy /
international / yummy,
pretending to garden /
write / design,
attempting to run /
exercise / lift weights,
enjoying traveling /
camping / adventures,
finding ways to love /
serve / sacrifice for others.

It is not to say she does these things
with style or grace, or even skill.

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful... Beautiful Miriam.

November 10, 2008 - 11:18 PM

she's 4!

What a beautiful little girl!  (With her beautiful cake she and Max decorated!)

Oh so, early this morning, she squeezed in between Josh and I, made herself at home and fell back to sleep.  We were both looking at her and commented that she is now 4... 4... really?  That old? 

Over the last year she truly has started to become her own little person... her own little person who loves to make new friends, loves to compliment people's puppies, who loves to play with ponies, who loves to constantly make up her own songs for any occassion and about anything...

Looking at her this morning, I was reminded again how I take it for granted.  Not the "it" of spending the day with our kids, loving them, teaching them, guiding them... yes, those all are true and wonderful, but it is more than that.  The "it" is the actual gift of having them with me - today, here, now, right now, their gift of life.

Having lost a friend this year and having watched many friends lose their little ones over the years, I am continually grabbing all our cuties and holding them tight in my arms and I, honestly, never want to let go.  It's cliche, people say it all the time, but darn it, it is so true... each day is a gift and oh, how I could take advantage of it more.

Happy Birthday Miss Miriam!  We can't imagine life without you!  I can't imagine my life without you.

Response to Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful... Beautiful Miriam.

  • leah said on November 11, 2008 - 7:58 AM

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  • Blakely said on November 11, 2008 - 8:48 AM

    She is absolutely beautiful!! I can't believe how grown up all your children are - I still remember hanging out with the Cramer's when Zeke was just toddling around and Max was a little baby or when you and Jessica and I went "restaurant hopping" when you were pregnant with Miriam and visiting Ames. It's amazing how quickly things change!! Enjoy the wonderful day with all your cuties!!

  • Charity said on November 11, 2008 - 9:41 AM's too early in the morning for me to get teary, but darn it all if I'm not. Thanks for sharing!

  • Nancy said on November 11, 2008 - 11:45 AM

    What a great picture...those eyes say it all! Such a beautiful girl!

  • Jackie said on November 11, 2008 - 8:54 PM

    Sweet. I hope she gets to read this in a few years when she'll understand it differently. It's great that you love love love on them. And, right on, she is beautiful!

  • Danielle said on November 11, 2008 - 10:46 PM

    What a beauty! It is hard to believe that she is 4- I remember when your mom told me you had just had her. How amazing children are to have and to hold- we are so blessed every day to be able to hug and love on our children to our hearts content. I know that I definately can not get enough of my two girls- I cherish every moment with them. I make sure they know every day how much I love them. I miss you and check up on you guys often. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

  • Dana said on November 12, 2008 - 7:31 AM

    Thanks Ladies! She definitely has her rough edges, but wo/man is she a doll! AND DANIELLE!!!!!!!!!! How did you find my blog!? Woman! I haven't talked to you in forever! AHHH!!!! Oh, I am SO going to email you! This is so exciting! (For those who don't know, Danielle and I have been friends since Jr. High! AHHH!!!! So exciting!)

  • Josh said on November 12, 2008 - 4:30 PM

    If she looks at me in the way that she normally does, she can have absolutely anything she wants. Good thing she can't read these comments yet or I would really be in trouble.

  • Angie Daniel said on November 18, 2008 - 3:16 PM

    I have been starting to realize that Ben isn't going to be a baby forever and have been giving him extra hugs and trying to really enjoy this time of him being a baby still because it will be gone too soon. I feel like you just had your little girl. Thanks for sharing how much you appreciate her.

  • Dana said on November 18, 2008 - 10:40 PM

    It really is gone so fast Angie! Before you know it... ahhhhh!!! I wish I could make all 3 of them stop!

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