02.11.2013 / Ella, Age 10

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each day with you leaves me wondering of the next.  it’s hard to believe that my 1st day with you was 365 x 10.  i’ll never forget that, “she is so beautiful,” were my very first words to you.  and that scrunched up face that was before me when our eyes first met is still the same little facey i see when you cry today.  it’s seems those very first words are ones that i find myself saying or catch myself thinking almost each and every day.  and with passing day i find that you are only becoming more and more beautiful both inside and out.

+ you have a song in your heart and have been blessed with a voice to share it.
+ you’re favorite books are the doll people but i’m glad you read ruby redfort for (and with) me.
+ you’d rather watch duck dynasty than nigella (what up with that?).
+ you write music and make movies every.single.day.
+ the stories you write are magic and endearing and make me want to be a better writer.
+ i don’t know if you like your dad’s noodle sandwich or noodle quesadilla best?  i’m confused about either.
+ i wonder if you’ll ever tire of listening to brit nicole? – your answer is no.
+ you’ve worn your moccasin boots out
+ you always light up the room with your warmth
+ you are known for making up songs with coordinating moves at school.  “invertebrates. invertebrates….inverte verte verte verte vertebrates.”
+ you have great style.  i’d like to wear the outfits you put together.
+ you have a sweet sensitivity and are always aware when someone is down + in need of love.

i have no doubt that you will be a star.  you are already mine.  you shine bright on dark days and you bring beauty to my life.  we may call you la la but you are our lovely!

Happy Birthday, Ella Grace, Age 10.


commented on February 11th 2013 at 10:52am

Happy Birthday Ella!! You are a doll face! Hope you have the funnest day! xxoo

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replied on February 13th, 2013 at 2:29pm

thank you, friend! xo . t

commented on February 11th 2013 at 12:47pm

Trina, I cry every single time I read one of your birthday posts.
And Ella, you are a very beautiful girl. I just know that you have a bright and happy future ahead of you. Happy Birthday.

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replied on February 13th, 2013 at 2:28pm

awww…. thank you for your sweet words, jo! i hope you are well!!! xo . t

commented on February 11th 2013 at 3:01pm

Happy birthday to your daughter! Your children are so lucky to have such beautiful words to read on their special day :)

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replied on February 13th, 2013 at 2:28pm

thank you. i love writing them. it’s fun to sit down and really think about what makes them them at that point in time :)

commented on February 11th 2013 at 4:13pm

Happy birthday Ella! And happy momiversary to you Trina. A whole decade! Celebrate it! xo

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replied on February 13th, 2013 at 2:27pm

thank you… i like that…”momiversary!” xo . t

commented on February 11th 2013 at 4:44pm

I first had you in class when you were four years old and you get more beautiful with each passing year! It is a blessing to have been able to watch you grow into a beautiful young lady! Happy Birthday, sweet girl!

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replied on February 13th, 2013 at 2:27pm

thank you…teacher carrie :) ella loves you! xo . t

commented on February 12th 2013 at 11:42pm

trina ~ this was absolutely beautiful…every. single. word. your la la is so lucky to have you as a mama. what a gorgeous girl with a heart full of song! look out world!

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replied on February 13th, 2013 at 2:27pm

thank you, mel! she is a special one. i just cannot believe that she is really becoming a young lady now! xo . t

commented on February 13th 2013 at 10:24am

She is such a doll! We seriously have to meet T.

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replied on February 13th, 2013 at 2:24pm

thank you, paula! i know! i’m pretty sure we will be heading to ALT sometime this spring/summer so maybe we can coordinate than? xo . t