Saturday, December 15, 2007

18 years ago today...

I became a mother.

And it really does feel like yesterday. I can, with very little effort, close my eyes and remember the day she was born. Every sight, every sound is vivid to me. I can see her being placed on my stomach just as she was born and remember reaching for her tiny hand--and how she grasped onto my finger and held so tightly.

Happy Birthday, Brianne!

You are my first...
the first to come from my body
the first to make me lose sleep
the first to need me
the first to run into my arms
the first to call me "mom"
the first to make my heart swell with joy
the first to remind me of your dad
the first to help through braces and driving
the first to ache with a broken heart
the first to watch on stage performing
the first to grow up right in front of me
the first to be like me and yet so much your own person
the first to amaze me with your talents
the first to crack me up with your humor
the first to stun me with your beauty
the first to become (almost) an adult
the first to be making plans of your own
the first to need me less
the first to teach me
the first to challenge me
the first to let me see the world through your eyes

I am so grateful.


Cindy said...

Very touching. Happy Birthday, Brianne!!

Anonymous said...

18 years ago... Man, you and Ed are old. But you sure do produce beautiful children.


happy mommy said...

Indeed we are old...hey, aren't you the same age as us? (smile)

Did you get our Christmas card? We got yours, and I must say that you have some good looking young gentleman yourselves.

Anonymous said...

I must tell you, your card was the best I've seen in years. I get tired of the same old "this is how great we are" cards. Or, "this is how neat and special or family is".

Your card was perfect! Right touch of information and taste, done cleverly. Nice job!

I'm comin' to see you guys this summer.. and I hope to bring my family!

happy mommy said...

Thanks for the compliments on the said exactly what we were thinking and hoping to create.

Wait til you see what we are cooking up for next year...

"Vern" said...

...the first to say, "you can't tell me what to do, I'm 18 now!"

Calamity Jane said...

You are such a good mommy that was beautiful!

happy mommy said...


Amen, and amen.

marlajayne said...

What a beautiful tribute to your daughter. One of the things I've learned through the years is that there are children who are starving for kind words from their children as well as tiny ones.