Ella, Age 9

Happy Birthday to my little B/F/F.  Today you are age 9.  Which, of course, seems possibly impossible.   Happiness hit me the moment I knew I was having you and happiness has followed me every day since.

+You are personality wrapped up in pink
+You sing more than you talk [and it should be noted you talk a lot] and your voice is pretty and powerful
+ You are smart and quick on your feet.  You catch things that sometimes shouldn’t even be caught.
+You love to play school [1, 2, 3 eyes on me] +You’re favorite thing to wear is a black sequin skirt and a pink flower shirt.
+Your hair always finds its way into a ponytail, although, everyday I beg for braids.
+Your little brother calls you La La and looks up to you like I look up to the stars in the sky.
+ You would listen to I Love You Like a Love Song Baby all the day long, if I would let you.
+You first wanted to be a cooker, and now you want to be a singer.
+You write stories.  Stories that are funny.  Stories that interesting.  Stories that should be told.
+You wear pink glasses, not because you need them but because you like them.
+ You are beautiful.  Yes, of course on the outside but also on the inside, where it counts the most.
+ You like to dance
+You ask, every week, if you can quit piano.  Every week, I say no.
+You are my little helper.  Do you know I’d be lost without you?

Today  is your golden birthday.  But my darling, for me, every day is golden so long as I am with you.  For you are brighter and more beautiful than all the gold this world holds.  Is it any wonder?  After all, your name does mean shining light + beautiful fairy.  Simply put, you add light and magic to my life every. single. day.  I love you Ella Gracie!

[images by Noelle Ann]



  • Katherine
    Commented on February 9th, 2012 at 4:21am

    Firstly it took me like over a week to work out how to comment.. Ha! Blondie much.. It was finally the different number that seemed to raise a flag with me.. Oh dear.. Secondly i am beyond obsessed with your new blog layout.. I read HEAPS of blogs and your set up and colours is by far my favorite. (also one of my favorite blogs though).. I feel super at home whenever i read it now! I am saving to pay someone to do a new layout for my (lame) blog.. PS.. Reading this post made me really look forward to a big child.. I have a toddler + i adore him and when he said Mama and my name i am so beyond happy but being able to converse with him one day is going to be incredible.. Seeing them have their own personality is the best.. Love.. x

  • Trina
    Commented on February 9th, 2012 at 10:54pm

    @Katherine, That is funny. I need to do a post on where the comment box is :) Thank you for your sweet comment about my new design. I’m over the moon about it. So not lame to save your pennies for a new design. That is what I did and I could not be happier ….worth every penny. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
    It is way fun to see your little ones turn into little people. Enjoy your toddler….he will be 9 before you know it. It is crazy how fast time goes. The days are long but the years go fast!
    XO t

  • karey m.
    Commented on February 9th, 2012 at 9:16am

    i’d be lost without you…yes. i get that. happy birthday, la la gracie! xoxo

  • Trina
    Commented on February 9th, 2012 at 10:54pm

    @karey m., Thanks, sweet Karey! XOXO t

  • Melissa
    Commented on February 9th, 2012 at 9:45am

    Trina ~ this is beautiful. I love seeing the bond between you both…so incredibly priceless and special!

    Happy Birthday to Ella Grace!

  • Trina
    Commented on February 9th, 2012 at 10:57pm

    @Melissa, Thanks, sweet friend. XO t

  • Vicki Archer
    Commented on February 9th, 2012 at 11:59am

    Happy Birthday to your darling Trina… She is so lovely… and I understand and feel every word you write…. Daughters are so precious… xv

  • Trina
    Commented on February 9th, 2012 at 10:56pm

    @Vicki Archer, Thank you so much, Vicki. You are right daughters are so very precious! XO t

  • Ruth
    Commented on February 9th, 2012 at 4:43pm

    Happy Birthday beautiful Ella!

  • Trina
    Commented on February 9th, 2012 at 10:55pm

    @Ruth, Thanks, Ruth…I told Ella you said Happy Birthday and she said, “Awww tell her Happy Birthday too!” hahaha and then said oh wait it’s not her bday. Miss you! XO t

  • Tracey
    Commented on February 9th, 2012 at 5:37pm

    Happy Birthday Ella! Love her. She sounds a total doll. x

  • Trina
    Commented on February 9th, 2012 at 10:55pm

    @Tracey, Thanks, Tracey! XO t

  • Jeanne
    Commented on February 10th, 2012 at 1:21am

    This is so beautiful, Trina! I can almost cry reading this. Happy birthday to your sweet heart Ella. She glows just like her mother! :)

  • Trina
    Commented on February 10th, 2012 at 2:54pm

    @Jeanne, Oh, thank you so much, Jeanne. I had fun writing it! She is a special girl. XO t

  • Miz.November
    Commented on February 10th, 2012 at 8:12pm

    Your Ella is a pretty special girl. This post makes me smile and tear up at the same time. Mothers and daughters are a special thing.

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