To each his own. To me my own.

Big 24

That Saturday night after I ingested my second dose of castor oil, I thought it might finally be ‘time’. I was almost three weeks overdue, after all – her originally scheduled arrival was to be on or near my own birthday. The next bright and beautiful Sunday morning, I was holding the most precious bundle God could have ever entrusted me with. We named her Julia Christine.

Her first dip in the ocean at 3 months old, 1988

I’ve never seen anyone love their birthday more than she does. I can still see her now at 3 and 4 years old, both palms facing up while shrugging those little shoulders, saying “tomorrow’s my birf-day!!” Even now, she literally starts planning birthday gatherings a couple of weeks ahead of time. She’s an expert at managing my side, her dad’s side, and her friends. 🙂

Where has the time gone? It sure didn’t take long for her to grow into a strong, independent, beautiful woman with a heart the size of Texas. She’s opinionated, witty, polite, and her kindness knows no bounds. I’m proud of her work ethic including everything she accomplished in school and college. I’d love another one like her, or even two… but I’ll remain happy with the one God bestowed me with and continue to be ever thankful.

Happy big 24, babygirl.

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13 responses

  1. Aw happy birthday Julia!

    March 27, 2012 at 10:45 am

    • Thanks Victoria! 🙂

      March 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm

  2. Happy Birthday!

    March 27, 2012 at 10:49 am

    • Thanks Thoughtsy! 🙂

      March 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm

  3. Lovely post, Bonnie! Your daughter sounds like a wonderful girl. Hope she enjoys her birthday… as per usual! 🙂

    I’ve been thinking for a week or two that you must be taking a blogging break only to find out that your posts haven’t been showing up in my news feed! Fixed it by resubscribing.

    March 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    • Aw thanks, Nina – yes she’s a gem, I think you two would get along quite well. And oh I’ll bet that happened when I changed my user name a while back (thereby changing my url, let me hit myself in the head for that once more). Thanks for resubscribing! 🙂

      March 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm

  4. Happy birthday to Julia! What a darling photo of her first dip in the ocean! Blessings to you and Julia…

    March 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    • Thanks so much, Carol Ann! That picture has always been my favorite shot. 🙂

      March 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

  5. Happy birthday Julia Christine!

    March 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    • Aww thanks, Rumpydog! 🙂

      March 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm

  6. This goes out to your equally beautiful and independent daughter, Julia: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    Babies are so cute; they don’t even need to twist their faces nor give their best smile to attract. Their mere innocence and

    April 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

  7. Their mere innocence is more than enough.

    Kudos, Bonnie, for raising such a beautiful child whose now a woman. I could feel how proud you are with her and what she accomplished.

    Happy Easter!

    April 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    • Awww Sony thank you for your ever-kind words! Yes, I am very proud of her – I couldn’t have asked for more from a kid. I hope you and your family had a happy and blessed Easter!

      April 9, 2012 at 8:57 am

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