A birthday to remember…12 days later

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She turned 10 twelve days ago
and I’ve been remiss in posting about it.

Forgive me…
it’s not because I’ve forgotten or don’t care.

Instead, I haven’t said anything because
I can hardly wrap my head around this…
she’s my last to turn double digits.

Lasts are harder than firsts for this mama.

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I looked at him a few days ago
and repeated the question that I’ve asked often…

“How did we get here already?”

It wasn’t so long ago that I remember her flutters deep within.
I haven’t forgotten seeing her cheeks for the first time
or the family get-together the weekend after she arrived.

For everything that I do remember,
I’m confident there are a million little things I’ve forgotten.

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So on a day filled with great memories
of lunch with Mama and Papa,
a boat adventure that continues to bring great laughs,
and her favorite buffet for dinner,
we celebrated 10 years of Ellen…
10 years with our gift of Mercy.

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And I’ve let my senses heighten again,
seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling life
as a busy mom whose three kids are growing
and changing faster than I ever dreamt possible.

…because when the next decade marker comes,
I want more to remember.

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