Friday, March 30, 2007

Happy Birthday to my Sweet McKenna!

March 30, 1992...
Fifteen years ago today, but seems like yesterday.
So nervous, so scared,
I'd never had a baby before,
never been a Momma before.
Could I do it? Could I do it well?
The pain, the fear, the everything
melted all away when I saw that beautiful little girl.
So big (almost 9 pounds), no hair, and a personality from the get-go.
But, what a joy! What a delight! What a surprise!
And then, as the years went by, this little baby changed
Into a precocious toddler (I see her in Scout today),
A sweet and sassy little preschooler,
A smart child,
An evolving pre-teen,
And now a teenager--yes, a teenager through and through.

With her moods and her makeup, she reminds me of what it's like to be young,
to always feel like you're the one who's right,
the one who's most important.
And with her principles and her faith, she reminds me of what and who I need to be,
to be a shining light,
to be a woman for the world.
And with her hugs and her laughter and yes, even her to-do lists and calendars,
she reminds me of what it's like to have the world in front of you,
to experience everything with joy,
have big plans and big dreams,
to know that you can conquer it all.

Happy Birthday McKenna Cathrynn!
It's hard to believe that you're 15 today . . .
that it wasn't just yesterday that I held you, pink and newborn, in my arms...
that you are growing up so quickly...
that you are becoming a true You...
that you are driving today (yikes!)...
that you are Changing and Growing and Becoming.

Know that I Love You as I loved that little baby,
and I am oh so proud--the proudest it is possible to be--to call myself your Momma.


Jen said...

Happy Birthday McKenna!

jessi said...

Happy Birthday to McKenna!!! what a beautifully written post...scrapbook journalling ahead of time??? heehee!!! and, that girl of yours looks very grown up in that last!!!

have a fabulous day!!!

Cinderella said...

Happy Birthday to your little girl. She is as Beautiful as you are. You raised her well.

Adrienne " A little dramatic at times" said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MCKENNA!!! Cheryl, did you get your package? LOL, I left it on your car. lol

Maria said...

What a very sweet, sweet post! HAPPY BIRTHDAY McKENNA!!!

TK Angels said...

Hi Cheryl. Just passing through. I "borrowed" your cassette page.

Happy Birthday to your daughter McKenna. A beautiful name for a beautiful girl.

Your words are so beautiful also regarding your daughter. I absolutely loved that post.

Take care,

Greta said...

that has got to be the most beautiful thing i have read in a long needs to be a page in your scrapbook real soon....

Happy birthday McKenna!!! have a good one!!

Renee said...

Happy Birthday to your pretty girl. I can't believe that in a few years, my oldest will be that age. Where does the time go?

Missy's Blog said...

McKenna is such a beautiful birthday girl ... and what a lovely post!

Dawn Bibbs said...

Happy Birthday McKenna!!!

Oh Cheryl, what a touching tribute to your daughter. I sure hope she reads your words and soaks them in. It's not every girl who gets to hear how her mother sincerely feels about her. That's sad, isn't it? What a blessing you two have in eachother.

Thanks for sharing your special feelings! Enjoy your weekend.

NMOTB said...

HIP HIP...............HURRAY!!!

Awwwww Cheryl those pics and this post is just so special!!!! I hope she has had a lovely day!!!

It is now 10.50pm here by us now and we are leaving for holiday in the next 1.5hrs - hence that I have not had any sleep and I will be driving for the next 7 hours!!!! Anyway's just wanted to wish the whole lot of you a Happy Easter - Will catch up when we get back!!!!

Take Care

Lynilu said...

Happy Birthday, McKenna!

Happy Day Of Memories, Mom!

For you both ... it just gets better and better as time goes on, I promise!!

Gin said...

Beautiful, Cheryl! Brought tears to my eyes!

toya said...

awwww, happy b day Mckenna, she is gorgeous, wow, what a touching Post Cheryl I can tell how proud you are.

Susie Q said...

Happy Birthday McKenna. You are a beautiful young lady inside and out. How lucky you and your wonderful Mom are to have one another.
Beautiful words dear heart....just beautiful.
Have a sweet week.

Miss 1999 said...

What a beautiful, and special young lady! God Bless you ALL and Happy Birthday McKenna! :0)

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you and your daughter have special bond. I hope you all had a great day today celebrating her birthday.
I enjoyed reaiding your beautiful words!

Mississippi Songbird said...

Happy Birthday,McKenna

angel said...

what a beautiful post cheryl!
belated happily birfdaze wishes mckenna!