Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A letter to my daughter on her 5th birthday

Dearest Lola,

Today is your fifth birthday. And just like last year, you start each morning by gently tiptoeing across the hall and into my room. However this year, before you plant a kiss on my cheek you lovingly stroke my forehead to wake me up and whisper "one, two, three, four" and giggle out loud at the wrinkles hidden underneath my bangs, proclaiming "Four! That is why it's called a FOUR HEAD."

Silly. Confident. Stubborn. Dramatic. Artistic. Life of the party. Talkative. You are everything I was not, at your age. People flock towards you. There are days that I loose myself in your eyes and wonder how you became the person you are today. Are you really my daughter? How is it possible for you to be the complete opposite of me? Blond, bubbly, boisterous, and beautiful.

I am so grateful for who you are. I am envious of your passion for life, your confidence, your ambitions. I want to bottle up your soul forever. You have taught me so many great things and opened up my eyes to a new world. "You can dance with Daddy!!!" You squealed yesterday when I asked myself out loud what I was going to do with my time while my three kiddos were in school next fall. Thank you dearest Lola, Daddy and I will dance that day.

You make my heart sing out loud when I look in the rear view mirror of my minivan. I see you break out in song as your limbs start dancing and I smile at your honesty. You are always happy and pure and I want to bottle your soul up for the next day. And. The next.





I am SO proud to be your mother. Happy birthday sweet sweet sweetest Lola.

Forever and ever yours,
Mama

77classy comments:

Hey it's Amy Shipp said...

Soooo sweet! I love this post :D What an adorable mama you are & Happy Birthday Lola!!! I loved the slideshow too.
Nice job!

Simply AnonyMom said...

Happy B-day Lola!

I love seeing sweet birthday posts like this one.

Wonderful slideshow.

kim-d said...

HAPPY, HAPPY **5th** BIRTHDAY, BEAUTIFUL LOLA!!!

Once again, practically moved to tears by your post and the slideshow. The song that accompanied the slideshow was PERFECT!

What a lovely, stunning little girl. She positively exudes joie de vivre, and I foresee a wonderful future for her.

Jenny said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter! What a sweet slideshow!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I hope Lola has a wonderful birthday!

A Crafty Mom said...

Beautiful!!! Perfect words for her on her birthday . . . and the slideshow is absolutely adorable. Happy Fifth Birthday Lola :-)

Laura said...

How sweet!!!! Tears flowing here!!!

Thank you for sharing!

Happy birthday to your sweet baby girl and happy birthing day to a wonderful mommy!

Karen said...

That was beautiful! Happy Birthday, Lola!

jen said...

FIVE! happy birthday little one!
lovely post mama. i can't believe i'll be writing my daughter's 5th birthday letter on the 28th!
they become amazing little souls right around this time don't they?

Indy said...

OK. Back to where do you find the time?

SO sweet. Happy Birthday Sweet Lola.

Elisa said...

Happy Birthday Lola!! Gorgeous photos, Pauline, as usual. You really make me want to become a better photographer, because it's so lovely to look at them years later!!

Managed Chaos said...

Happy birthday sweet Lola!

I love how you post b-day letters to your children (and the slideshow was a wonderful touch)

PS. The FOUR head comment had me LOL...gotta love those purely innocent comments.

Smoochiefrog said...

I hope she has a fantabulous day!

Nan Patience said...

I didn't know you could sing, OHMommy!

Great slideshow, feelin the love!

Immoral Matriarch said...

Happy Birthday! I hope it's a beautiful for day!

haniaski said...

Happy 5th birthday .
Beautiful post.
H

LceeL said...

Happy Birthday, Lola. You are such a lucky little girl to have the perfect person to be your Mommy.

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

Happy birthday Lola! She looks so sweet :)
(I like to do those slideshows for the b-days too--good to look back on later.)

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Happy birthday, Lola!! 5 years old. A WHOLE HAND.

And, Pauline, of COURSE she's your child. You have friends that flock to you, too. We're just a little bit invisible at times. :)

Also? I am thinking that Evan and Lola should not get together. There could be a love match and I cannot imagine the children produced from 2 people as beautiful, strong-willed, comedic and crazy as our middle kids appear to be...

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday Lola!! I hope it's everything little girls dream of.

Courtney said...

What a sweet tribute to your Lola. 5 is such a big age (to me) & I'm not sure I'm ready for it, but it's coming regardless.

krissy said...

Dear Lola.

You are the most adorable 5yr old ever. You are so full of life and so full of love. God made you to show the rest of us how to live. How to smile. How to be appreciative of every.little.thing.

I have never met you but if I did, I would want to squeeze some of your greatness into me.

Happy Birthday Lola. You definately know how to:
Live-Laugh-Love.

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

Very cute video! She's a doll. I can even tell how much she's changed just since your trip to Poland.

I don't wanna say it, mama, but she's growing up!!!

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOLA!!!!!

Stephanie said...

Doggone it, woman, those kinds of things always get me choked up! Beautiful Lola! Give her a big hug for me! Happy birthday!

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

Please do bottle her soul and sell it online! I could use some of that!

Scary Mommy said...

I loved that!!! I guess you don't need a mac after all. :)

Happy Birthday Lola!!!

Krystyn said...

What a sweet, sweet post for a super sweet girl!

Happy Birthday Lola!

I am P said...

Happy Happy Bday! Love that slideshow ~ such talent

Domestic Extraordinaire said...

have a wonderful birthday Lola! And many, many more!

Loved the slideshow! Thanks for sharing Lola with us!

Kelly said...

Beautiful post! Love it!

So Not Mom-a-licious said...

That rocked! That was such a great slideshow and the song was perfect. I "Love"d it!
I hope she has a very special birthday. Did Hannah M make it? =)

Cecily R said...

Happy birthday Miss Lola! What a beautiful letter...sounds like she has fulfilled her role in your home perfectly!

Ed said...

A perfect birthday tribute.

Happy Birthday, Lola!

Becca said...

So incredibly sweet! Happy 5th Birthday Lola!

Jill said...

Happy, happy birthday Lola! Enjoy your 5th birthday - it's a very special year.

Jill said...

p.s. SO loved the video - and the song! I saw her Indian dress too - yay!

the mama bird diaries said...

So sweet. You have me tearing up over here. Love that.

Miss said...

This made me SO happy. Love it.

Happy Birthday sweet, sweet Lola. You're family is SO lucky to have you!

Rachel said...

SOOOOO sweet!

Happy Birthday Miss Lola and Happy Birth Day Momma!!!

Welcome to 5! It's a trip ;-)

Hockeyman said...

Awww, happy Birthday Lola!

Kari said...

Oh! Happy Birthday little Lola!
I love reading your letters to your children. So beautiful!!
And, I LLLLLLLOOOOVe those pictures, especially the ones where she is wearing a wig..and the ones of her in the green dress.
She is just darling!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

happy bday to your gorgeous girl!!

Every Day Goddess said...

Beautiful letter! Happy birthday Lola. She will so appreciate those beautiful words latter in life. What nice tribute to her and to you as her mommy.

Ellyn said...

So sweet.

Happy Birthday Lola!

zandor said...

I really liked the slideshow. So sweet.

amanda said...

i love reading the letters to your babies. so sweet. and happy birthday miss lola.

Heather, Queen of Shake Shake said...

Happy birthday!

Renny said...

Happy Birthday Lola! Stay bright and beautiful! And listen to your momma!

Blessings From Above said...

Love the "four head" analogy! She is full of personality. And seriously, one the cutest kids EVER.

Crystal D said...

Happy Birthday sweet Lola! I hope all your wishes come true.

Mishelle Lane said...

Srekna Roden Den Ubava Chupche!!

Happy Birthday Beautiful Girl!!

Kat said...

Oh. This post and that video make me bawl. How precious is that sweet Lola? Sheesh. What a doll.

Happy birthday, dear Lola!

CC said...

Happy, happy birthday Lola!!! 5 is the best!

renatamic said...

i cried at the video. so much. time does really fly, doesn't it??

Elaine A. said...

I could go on AND on about how sweet and beautiful you both are, Mommy and daughter, but you already know that! ; )

Happy Birthday to your darling girl.

And P.S... Most of the pics in that montage look like children in a photo shoot. Just gorgeous!!

Jessica said...

That video was so sweet! Happy birthday, Lola!

Tara R. said...

Happy Birthday to your lovely little lady and to her fabulous mommy. I loved your slideshow, wonderful memories you are building together.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Happy birthday sweet girl!

Jo said...

Okay, so i just got back from urgent care because I am soooo sick and i actually sat through the whole adorable thing because it was the sweetest little montage EVER.

Sto Lat.
To both of you.
buzki
jo

Amy @ Milk Breath and Margaritas said...

The video is precious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday Lola!

Mama Smurf said...

Such a sweet post! Happy birthday to your little Lola!

Kel said...

Happy Birthday!!

the planet of janet said...

awwwww ... happy birthday, sweet lola!

Sherry said...

Hey, Lola shares my birthday!!!
Happy Happy Birthday Lola!

Kari said...

Beautiful! Happy Birthday Lola!!!

just jamie said...

Happy, Happy one sweet girl.

Jaina said...

Happy birthday Lola!

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Happy Birthday dear Lola!

I think we could all learn something from that girl!

ermispartyof5 said...

Lola sounds like a wonderful little girl! :) Happy Happy Birthday!! I'm your 151st stalker!!
Come check my family out! I love new blogging friends!!

~shay

Burgh Baby said...

Happy birthday, Lola!

Irene said...

I hope you have a VERY happy 5th birthday dear Lola!!!!

I love the slideshow!! So sweet. But doesn't it make you so sad to look back on the other birthdays? They grow up so fast!

Elizabeth said...

such a sweet letter! how time flies!!!

i have a giveaway going at my blog. it is a fiction book just out this week regarding infertility. so many women struggle with infertility i would love it if you mentioned this giveaway to your readers...perhaps someone (or several) would benefit? Totally up to you...thanks!

rockanddrool said...

aw...happy birthday lola!!
xo

Karen MEG said...

Awwww, happy birthday sweet girl. You are so very lucky, you've got a lovely mommy who loves you soooo...

That was beautiful, as per usual :).

Zoeyjane said...

I'm SO late reading this, but I hope that Lola had a super happy day. And god, that video made me tear up. So sweet. All of you.

loroko said...

This is so lovely and heart-warming! I'm designing product for mothers and your blog inspire me!

thank you!

 

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