March 06, 2013

On the Occasion of Emma's Twelfth Birthday


Yesterday my little girl turned 12. I was a little sad at first. I wish she weren't growing up so fast but on the other hand, she is growing up so well!

In my mind, birthdays should be special and it is best if there is at least a full day of celebration. Unfortunately for Em, her birthday almost always falls on the day they do standardized testing at school. Luckily for Em, the testing ended at 10am which is the exact time her mommy checked her out of school!


It was a full, and in her words, perfect day. There was a toy store visit, lunch out, snuggling, playing, gifts, dinner out and birthday pie. Also, her first ever white Birthday! She loved her presents including an assortment of thoughtful things from her sister, this bean bag chair and a box of books that made her so happy you'd have thought she won the lottery. It's possible that books are her love language.


I love the girl she is. She is kind hearted, so appreciative of what she has and her life, creative, loving, smart, girly, beautiful and so comfortable with who she is that you can't help but notice and be a wee bit envious. She wears skirts and dresses most every day of her life, has a fashion sense that is all her own, is not interested in makeup, trendy clothes, peer pressure, Justin Bieber, cell phones, boys, the in crowd or growing up too fast. She has an old soul, loves books, nature, new adventures, ballet, playing violin, travel (Paris!), antiquing, has already chosen her college (Butler!), classical and coffee house type music, loves games, her dollhouse, her antique typewriter, her treehouse, her ever-growing book collection, this Village she lives in and her friends, pets and family. This is a girl whose life is so full, she couldn't think of a single thing to wish for as she blew out her candles.



Happiest Birthday Emma Grace! I hope twelve is good to you!


*All photos courtesy of my iphone and a Momma living too in the moment to take the time to grab her real camera!

31 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Emma Grace~ !

    I know how you feel, she is growing up ~ it is bittersweet. She sounds like a lovely girl ~ you have done a marvelous job ~ be proud

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  2. What a great girl you have there! My girls were the same and are still. I am very proud of what they are accomplishing now at 20 and 22. We never got into the current trends and we spent quality time together as it sound like you do. You go Emma Grace, be your own person!

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  3. what a wonderful young lady!!! glad she had the perfect birthday.

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  4. Happy Birthday Wishes Emma ♥
    Sounds like a day as special as she is!

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  5. Happy 12th birthday to your Emma Grace. She sounds like a wonderful girl and she's cute to boot!;>) God bless her in this upcoming pre-teen year- xo Diana

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  6. Happy, Happy Birthday, Emma!
    Sounds like you had a "perfect" day!
    p.s. What kind of pie?

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  7. Happy happy birthday, Emma! Your special day sounds like birthday perfection.

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  8. Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter. It is hard seeing them grow up so fast.

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  9. she sounds absolutely lovely! happy birthday!

    annie at firefly hill

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  10. You have much to be proud of! Whenever I read about your Emma, I think "That is what I want for my girl -- to be proud of her unique self". Happy Birthday Emma -- you are a wonderful girl.

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  11. Happy happy birthday! Sounds like a perfect day and a great life! So much to be happy for and proud.of! And just BTW I think the photos are absolutely perfect!

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  12. Im so glad she had the best birthday- You raised her right momma!

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  13. Happy day to your sweet old soul girl.
    Love the glimpses into your lives.
    Blessings~

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  14. Happy Birthday Emma! She reminds me of Rory from Gilmore Girls (my favorite show ever)

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  15. sounds like you are doing this parenting thing right, and she is turning out perfectly!! can't wait to have her as my daughter-in-law ... we'll get along swimmingly! ;) and what a lucky girl to have a white b'day ... heavenly!

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  16. it looks like Emma had a lovely birthday! so thankful! she is a delight to get to "know"...i think my little girls would adore her!

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  17. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY EMMA!!! Big birthday hugs from me to you <3

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  18. Aaaaw! She sounds just wonderful! To be turning 12 again - such a wonderful time of life! You have done a wonderful job. You need to write a book on raising a wonderful daughter! xoxo

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  19. What a beautiful post about your Emma Grace! My mom pulled me out of school on my birthday, & made it such a special day! Way to love on her & cherish her!

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  20. Happy Birthday to a sweet little gal!

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  21. What a lovely young woman, Happy Birthday Emma. Congratulations Momma!

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  22. Happy Birthday Emma!! It is hard to believe you are 12! You are beautiful! I remember the profile pic of you, Emma and Maddie on our old decorating boards. I think Emma was 2 at the time..... time flies when your having fun :)
    xoxo
    Kristi

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  23. Happy Birthday! She is so lovely :) My Emma turned 14 about 3 weeks ago - they grow up so fast!

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  24. Oh your dear Emma! Happy Birthday! What a lovely girl. :) Kit

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  25. You have a treasure, happy 12th to your Emma!

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  26. I tried leaving a comment a second ago but I don't think it "stuck"
    ;-)

    So I will try again...

    Happy Birthday Beautiful Emma!
    You have the most loveliest Mama!
    These images Jen are priceless.... love!

    xo,
    Kim

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  27. Emma is a beautiful story written by Austin yet in 2013! Happy belated Birthday to Emma, your such a charming young lady i wish you were mine! Lori

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  28. I am very late reading this so a very belated Happy Birthday to Emma. You must be so very proud of your lovely girl. Fiona x

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