When it is Twenty Years Later…

On this day, twenty years ago, I gave birth to my baby girl.

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The day I met her is the most amazing day I could ever imagine. I remember I couldn’t stop looking at her. Almost as if my heart was born outside my body. This little person was here. The one I had prayed and prayed about. I looked over every inch of her; from her rosy lips, to her tiny toes, and her little cone head. What a wonder it was to see this very real little person finally enter my life after a long nine months.

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The two grandmas and great grandma were just as enamored with her.

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We all fell a lot in love with this fuzzy-headed baby. A precious gift to us all.

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And oh, how she grew…

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Day after day…

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One minute I am sitting and rocking my baby girl…

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The next I am chasing after a toddler…

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And then, I am holding her hand and I am praying that she grows and shines as bright as she is.

And she does, right before my very eyes.

Faster than I ever thought possible.

In a blink she is all grown up and welcomes her own baby girl…

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And now I have two hearts outside my body.

I am so proud of you, Sydney. You are a beautiful Mom and an even more beautiful (now) twenty-year-old.

Happy Birthday! May the next twenty years be as good as the last.