Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hello, Where Did the Past Five Years Go?


How did you get to be so tall?

When did your chubby baby cheeks melt away?

Gone are the days of sweet baby talk.  Now are the days of why? And how?

Where did the past five years go?


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How did you get so “little girl growin’ into a little lady”?

When did you get so interested in fashion?

Where have the days of 3 or 4 outfit layering gone?

Where have the past five years flown to?




How did you get so good at making me laugh?

When did you start making up songs and belting them out to me while your little body moves to a made up rhythm?

Where did the days of momma being the sole entertainer go?

How did the past five years slip by so quickly?



Gone are the days of your needing me for EVERYTHING.

Now are the days of growing independence and a blooming of YOU!

I know where the past five years are. 

They’re stored in my heart. I see them in my memories.  I feel them in my arms, on my cheeks, in my very being.


I’m holding close to my heart the days I have left of you wanting to be held.  The days when I hold you close to my heart and we dance slowly together around the house.  I’m cherishing the early mornings when you climb in bed with me and snuggle up close.  I’m making time to read more, play more, color more, have tea more. These days are fleeting and I don’t want to miss a single one!  I’m trying to remember your sweet preciousness, because my beautiful daughter, these days are slipping through my fingers like grains of sand.  I’m holding back tears as I think of how quickly your baby years have flown by, but I know there is just as much to look forward to in the years to come. You are my joy, my love, my light, my heart!  I am so thankful for each day the Lord gives us together. May I never take a moment for granted!

Happy 5th Birthday, Baby Girl!


  1. Happy Birthday to your sweet girl! She looks so much like you!

  2. Happy Birthday to your precious girl! She is a beauty! May the LORD indeed own her heart and be her everything! :)


  3. You should know I'm so very tearful right now.

    What is it about the baby of the family that makes you hold on for dear life???

    Oh Jenn, she is a beautiful little girl. Happy Birthday:)

  4. You are doing the right thing, Jenn...savoring. Before you know it, it passes. But I also enjoy watching the older ones and their growing and maturing.

  5. she is so beautiful! you will soon need a large
    paper sack to hide her from all the boys! :)
    you are so wise to cherish every moment with
    her, as the next five and the following five pass
    even faster.

  6. Oh beautiful precious blue eyes...

    YOU!!!! :O)

    Hang on tight sweetie, they grow up so very fast. My baby girl is almost 33. Whew, did I say that outloud??? Shhhh, we won't tell anyone that she has an older brother! Heeehehe!!!

    God bless and have a fun day celebrating your little sweetheart!

  7. Happy Birthday, sweet girl! I miss you and I hope your day was super special. Don't grow up too much before I can come see you!

    Love your post, Jenn! I always feel like I'm at a loss for words when I do my birthday posts. You did a great job!

  8. She has got the sweetest rosy cheeks and she does look a lot like you. She's precious

  9. Jenn~ Such a pretty little girl!
    My baby girl is 20!!! Yikes!!! It goes so fast. Glad she still comes into bed for a good long cuddle. Have a beautiful weekend!

  10. Jenn this post put tears in my eyes. Happy Birthday to your very special little girl. I hope she never stops crawling into bed and snuggling, or stops dancing. I know my sons used to come into our room in the early mornings on week-ends and lay across the bottom of our bed and talk. I was dancing the other day down a sidewalk and the grands said, 'we knew you would do that and danced with me,' but soon as they are nearing their teens,I will only have memories in my heart...then we as you will make new ones!

  11. What a beautiful girl! I loved reading how you are cherishing every moment. They really do fly by. My youngest is graduating and going on to college this Fall!

  12. Jenn, You are a wise momma for enjoying every day. My sweet middle, Candice, will have her graduation party in our home this Friday. I don't know where the years have flown too. I am so thankful for every day we have had being together on our home schooling journey.

    Have a wonderful night.


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