Happy Birthday, Baby Girl

Earlier this week we celebrated little miss Sassette’s fifth birthday.  Fifth!  Where did the time go?  It seems only yesterday that we brought home our little fuzzy-headed, baby powder-scented, 6 pound bundle of love.  She was our late Christmas present and by far the best gift we have ever been given.   Now our little peanut is a chatterbox preschooler with a blossoming personality and a boundless imagination.  Not a day goes by that I don’t thank the Lord for this sweet little girl.

I love how children encourage us to enjoy the simple things in life.  Yesterday as I sat at my computer editing photos, I felt a tug on my sleeve.  “Let’s go out and play in the snow, mom!” she begged, bouncing up and down like a jumping bean.  I do love looking at the snow, but the thought of leaving my warm house and going out into the snow was making me shiver.  Still, how could I say no to such enthusiasm?  Out into the frosty winter wonderland we went, bundled to to the hilt.  As Little Miss went bounding into the fluffy white snow, I stood motionless, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells all around me.  It was…wonderful.  Did you ever notice how clean the world smells after a snowfall?  How quiet the neighborhood becomes?  How the dazzling the snow looks under the moonlight, glittering like a million little diamonds?

“Mommy, make a snow angel!” Little Miss exclaimed.  Oh, boy.  Lay down in the snow?  I used to make snow angels all the time when I was a kid.  Sure, when you had your trusty snow suit and moon boots, you felt completely impervious to the elements, and you could roll around in that white stuff till the cows came home.  Speaking of which, why don’t they sell full-bodied snow suits with the furry hood and body-length zipper any more?  All you can buy now is snow overalls.  And what ever happened to moon boots??  So they were a little funky looking.  Those babies kept your toes warm the entire day while you went sled riding with your friends!  With certain trends coming back into style every 20 years or so, surely someone could bring moon boots back.  Like how bell-bottoms came back as flared pants.  Ok, I’m going off on a tangent.  Back to the story…

“Mommy, make a snow angel!”  Little Miss beamed.  Reluctantly, I bent to the ground and laid back onto the snow.  I felt coolness surround me and slowly seep through my clothing, but to my surprise, I was not uncomfortably cold like I thought I would be.  As I looked straight up into the indigo sky, overlooked by by the silhouette of bare trees all around, delicate little flakes drifted onto my face and melted.  It was…fantastic.  Peaceful.  Magical.  Suddenly, I was ten years old again, looking at the world from a whole new angle.  I didn’t want to get up; I just wanted this simple moment to last forever.  If I had my trusty snow suit and moon boots I could have lasted at least an hour…

Happy birthday, baby girl.  Thank you for helping me to remember that I need to stop and enjoy the simple things in life.  Though it breaks my heart to see you grow up so fast, I have enjoyed every minute of it, and I can’t wait to see what the coming years bring!



Stephanie Faro - Sandy – your daughter is BEAUTIFUL!! I love your story too! It made me smile as I read it.

Anna - I love her smile so much its so sweet.
And the real reason I came over to your blog is to say CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING PUBLISHED! (please excuse the all caps but I figured that was good reason for obnoxious lettering :) )
I am so excited for you.

Paige - So sweet :) :)

deanna - your little one is so beautiful sandy:)

Amanda - I love her cheeks :-) Also very cool use of the snowflake white background. Would love to know the sneaky way you did that ;-)

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