To my daughter on her 2nd birthday

November 15, 2011


Last night as I sat on your bed and brushed your hair away from your face, I remembered the time I first saw you. How small and red you were. How perfect. How your tiny hiccups that had been so precious in me were now happening in my arms.

I remembered your squinty little eyes as you tried to make sense of everything around you. How you snuggled up so perfectly to me. How I knew at that moment I was complete, I had my little girl.


These past two years have brought so many changes to our little family. From you being so sick with reflux, to me knowing I could stay at home, us stopping drinking, Daddy joining the military again, and two moves to end up in El Paso – where you seem to enjoy yourself more everyday.

You have little friends, “Key” holds a special place in your heart as much as you hate her to touch your toys. When you two hold hands, her mama and I crack up at the cuteness of it all.

Us knitting.

You are fascinated with the world. Everything needs to be asked about and explored. You have the sweetest spirit with things, always making sure not to hurt something on purpose – unless it’s the kitties. Their tails hold endless fascination for you.

Your signing is amazing, you do it so well it’s made my life 100x easier. We love to watch you recognize something and sign it to us before you even say it.

Trucks - your other love

When there is something off, you get it now. You crack up at things that are silly. And when I make the kitties dance for you. Much to their chagrin.

You know family and friends. Nana, Grandpa’s, Aunties – you love them all.

Daddy and I can’t imagine life without you. You are the joy of our hearts, the little being we look forward to seeing run down the hall each morning. We are so blessed to have you, to get to share your life with you, to be the guardians of it for a time.

Birthday presents.

I pray each night you will grow up a self confident, capable woman living a life of purpose. That you will one day have a daughter that you love as much as I love you. That you know I would do anything for you. That you understand how much Daddy loves you – he changed his entire life in hopes you have a better one.

We love you more than you can imagine.

Daddy and Mama


  • Beatrice

    March 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    i want to thank you for this informative read, i really appreciate sharing your post.

  • t.bird

    November 16, 2011 at 7:37 am

    happy day!

    …a little late. my bad 🙂

  • Jen

    November 15, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Happy Birthday Bella! And Happy the day life changed forever Diana!

  • Tanya Bailey

    November 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Aww that was amazing Diana. You do have a wonderful daughter that surprises me every day too. Kenzie know doudt loves spending time with Bella. I am so happy that you are a part of our little family. We love you.


  • Alexia @ Babies & Bacon

    November 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Happy Birthday to Bella!! What a beautiful letter. It’s just so amazing to read how much your little girl has changed your life and how much she’s grown!

  • Desi

    November 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Beautiful! Your post gave me chills :). I get chills when I like what I’m reading ha. Happy Birthday Beautiful Bella, I hope you have the best day a two year old can wish for!

  • Suz

    November 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Happy birthday Bella!!

  • Sara

    November 15, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Happy Birthday Bella!

  • Adam @ Hanging with Dad

    November 15, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Sap 🙂

    I have no doubt that with a momma like you she has no choice but to grow up to be a strong and confident woman.

    Happy Birthday Bella!

  • Good Girl Gone Green

    November 15, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Happy Birthday, Bella! Beautiful, D. Absolutely beautiful!!!

  • Cams

    November 15, 2011 at 8:47 am

    🙂 happy birthday to your darling daughter. it must be crazy to see how fast time is flying. my little one is 7 months on thursday. it’s just unbelievable.

    before we know it they’ll be back talking teenagers (i mean, wonderfully sweet teens:). ok, i’m going to tear up. no more of that. haha.


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