Friday, January 29, 2010

Baby girl 39 (and holding)

Dear Natalie,Natalie Higgins Lytlenat 5

Words will never describe how I am feeling right now. But you know me…and with words I will give it my best shot.

I wrote this for you when you were maybe 2 ½ years old. You were taking a nap, sound asleep and I remember grabbing a piece of paper and pencil sketching a picture of you. I wish I still had that picture. These were my thoughts as I sketched.

You lie there so peaceful and snug in your bed, curls kissed by the sun tossed over your pillow.

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Your daddy calls your princess; you always will be you know, our one and only little girl.

Newborn; your eyes were as blue as the sky, and now princess, there isn’t a blue sky anywhere that could compare to their blue sparkle.

As you lie there and sweet dreams fill your head, I look back on today and all the funny little things that you said. “Oh mother, it’s just not fair”, with your hands on your hips and tears in your eyes you looked to convincing. I was really surprised! A few minutes later our harsh words were forgotten.

As I tucked you in and said good night, your arms wrapped around my neck and squeezed me tight. “I love you mom, see ya in the morning, sweet dreams too”.

Oh little princess, as you grow in years, God bless you and be with you and always remember, “We love you”.


Natalie, memories are by far what I cherish the most because we can’t see each other as often as we like. I love talking to you almost every day. I love that we can talk about anything. I love that you are still that little girl sometimes and you still have that stubborn quality, it makes it who you are.

I love the woman that you have become





Maybe a little compulsive at times (smiling)



Qualities I hope I had a hand in along the way….

I love the mother you have become, always striving to be better, nurturing and giving of yourself at any cost.

That little girl with soft curly locks is what I see when I close my eyes now, and I am smiling at the thought of you reading this and saying “I told you mom” when I said I wouldn’t, and I did anyway…

Thank you for giving me 2 beautiful grand daughters

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But most of all…..thank you for giving me so many wonderful memories to cherish forever. These are just a few of them!

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I love you sis….Happy Birthday



Eileen said...

Beautiful, Linda!
I can see you have a wonderful relationship with your daughter, such a Blessing!
It's funny, no matter how old they get we still hold that picture of their childhood in our heart, and in or mind's eye that is what we see when we look at them.
Beautiful, heart-warming post!

This seems to be the month for Birthdays! I've been visiting quite a few blogs this month that are celebrating the lives of loved ones!

Happy Birthday to your 'Baby Girl'!
Love to you,

Cynthia L. H. said...

Happy Birthday to Natalie! And Many More!!!
What a beautiful tribute to a loving Mother/Daughter legacy.

Wanda said...

Happy Birthday Natalie!

Daughters are a joy, I only have one also Linda! If I hadn't named my daughter Annette Marie(after my 2 sisters), it would have been Natalie. She has a birthday coming up soon too!

Your daughter is lovely! Enjoyed your post Linda!
Love to you...Wanda

Pat said...

It's hard to type with tears in my eyes!
What a beautiful tribute to a precious daughter. I have two daughters and I know how you feel.
May the Lord continue to bless her life with joy and peace!

Bernie said...

Happy Birthday Natalie....she and your granddaughters are so beautiful Linda.....I love how you share your love of your family with us all......:-) Hugs

Barb said...

A lovely tribute for your sweet daughter! No wonder your Grand daughters are so cute with such a beautiful Grandma and Mom! Natalie - all good wishes for you!

Blessings each day said...

Happy birthday to pretty Natalie...what a lovely birthday tribute you did, Linda. It touched my mother's heart for I feel that way about my daughters and son and I still end up saying baby girl or baby boy to them when I say I love you to them!

I, too, wish you still had that sketch of Natalie for I know it was done lvoingly.

blessings and hugs,


Scriptor Senex said...

What a lovely blogging tribute to what is obviously a lovely relationship.

Diana said...

Awww you are so sweet Linda! And Natalie is such a beautiful woman. Happy Birthday Natalie! Which is one of my favorite names by the way!
Love Di

Jientje said...

Awww!!! She looks SO MUCH like you!!! Happy Birthday Nathalie!!