Monday, December 20, 2010

To My 9 Year Old!

My dear sweet Maddy -- it's time to celebrate your 9th birthday!

The years since we met you have simply flown by and your sweetness of spirit and generosity has grown just like you.

What a busy year it's been! One of the biggest events of the year was your preparation for First Confession and First Communion. Oh my, there were lots of prayers and sacraments to learn about and you did a fabulous job. Dad and I are so proud of how much you've grown in your faith in the last year.

Another big event was the birth of Philip and Catherine's baby girl, Janie. It was a little difficult at first to no longer be the youngest, but you've grown into your role as Auntie Maddy. I know that Janie is going to look up to you and want to be just like you. You and she had so much fun together at Thanksgiving! Being an Auntie is great!

You and Dad managed to acquire that puppy you've been patiently longing for during the past couple of years. And what a special puppy you decided on, a Scottie! We met and brought home sweet Muffy in July. I know that you two will share many secrets in the years to come and that you are most definitely her very best friend!

School has been a little bit trickier in 3rd grade, but you (and I) with help from our wonderful tutor and friend, Courtney, have managed to figure out the best way to study and learn. Your teachers love you and your determination (I do too)!

A fun trip to Chicago completed our summer where we met up with Amy and Grace and Cboo too! You girls know how to have fun and showed us that you can be Big City girls! From now on, a "girls only" trip is going to be our summer tradition every single year!

I hope you know that I have the most wonderful job in the world of being your Mother. You make my heart sing with your sweet drawings, sayings and our fun car-dancing! I've been blessed beyond words and wish you the very best year to come as my special 9-year old!



Catherine and Philip said...

Happy Birthday, Maddy! We are so proud of you and love you very much. We can't wait to see you to celebrate your birthday AND Christmas!

Bridget said...

Happy 9th Birthday Maddy!! You sure have had a busy year! You sound like nothing but a joy to be around. I can always tell how much your Mom loves you by her sweet posts dedicated to you! I hope you have a great birthday and a wonderful year ahead of you!! Have fun being nine!!

Gail said...

Happy Birthday Maddy! what a wonderful time of year to have a birthday (I think).

Your mom writes beautifully and from the heart... I know she loves you dearly!

Enjoy your special day.

TanyaLea said...

hApPy BiRtHdAy MADDY!!! ~ I can't believe you are 9 already! You have grown up to be such a beautiful young lady! Have a blessed birthday celebration and a Merry Christmas, too!! <><


Kim K. said...

What a beautiful birthday post. I think a tissue alert was needed. I can't tell you how nice it is to have adoptive friends who are going through so many "firsts" ahead of me!!!

Jodee Leader said...

What a sweet birthday post! I know Maddy will have a fun year ahead of her! I also hope Santa brings her everything she wants!

Kim said...

What a beautiful post and pictures to go with it. I love the first and last. I hope she had a great birthday! Merry Christmas!

Missy said...

Happy Birthday, Maddy! You are one fantastic little girl! Oh, how I wish we lived closer and I could know you in person. I know we would be fast friends. Keep up the great work in school and I know you will soar!!! Hope you had a GREAT day!

Casey said...

Happy Birthday, Maddy!!! The big nine! That's a very big year!!

Love all the photos and I wish you a very, very happy 2011. Lovely family portrait too!

Jean said...

Happy Birthday Maddy!!

You are a delight to your family and blessing to them!

Have a wonderful day!!

paige said...

happy birthday maddy!!
you are a beautiful young lady!!
merry christmas too

Kristin said...

What a great post!! Happy birthday to your sweet Maddy!

Dawn said...

Happy Birthday to the CUTEST 9 year old I know!!

Alyson and Ford said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday!
We have watched her grow up! So many things in common - our AA is an Aunt (three times), loves Mickey Mouse and plays with her Winnie the Pooh Bear. They grow up too fast!
Always love visiting your blog.... one of our favorites over the years.

Alyzabeth's Mommy

a Tonggu Momma said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday, Sweet Maddie! I can't believe you are nine already. And I love that you have a Scottie puppy - the Tongginator's best friends have a Scottie named Tilly. They are great dogs!

Lori said...

Wow, these are such sweet pictures, I especially love the first one!!
Happy 9th to your baby girl!!
Thanks for the comment and Happy Holidays!!

Sharon said...

Oh its so good to see your beautiful self janet!! Happy Birthday to your stunning and growing up 9 yr old. LOVe her haircut, so sharp. love all your words to describe her. lovely.

Sue said...

Happy Birthday Maddy!

What a lovely post. : )


Football and Fried Rice said...

Can't believe Miss Maddy is nine?! She is beautiful!

I love your gray sweater :)

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