Saturday, August 21, 2010

Birthday Girls

Today was our annual birthday celebration for my mom, whose birthday was Monday, and Abby, whose birthday is tomorrow. We gave my mom her gift. You didn't really think I would give her the deer picture, did you? Here's the reveal I promised. (If you missed the before, just scroll down a couple posts.)

My mom had been hinting that she'd like a jewelry organizer since I made mine back in June & posted about it here. She liked it. Then she called me after we left to say she thinks I'm a genius for coming up with the idea. That's what moms are for.

So, now we're getting ready for Abby's big day tomorrow. I can hardly believe she'll be 12. Today we looked at baby pics and reminisced about when she was born and weighed only 5 pounds. And Grammy reminded her that she was the first to discover that she had red hair. (No, we've still never really found out where it came from.)

I've been working for weeks on her gift, which is a mini makeover for her room. She knows I'm doing it, but doesn't know what it's going to look like. The sisters are bunking together tonight, then Dave & I are going to get busy putting her room together so it'll be ready for the big reveal in the morning. I'll share it all with you later. I'm proud of it, but not nearly as proud as I am of Abby, who is a great girl & beautiful in so many ways.

When I was working in her room this week, I found this little poem posted on her bulletin board that I wrote for her on her 9th birthday. It still applies today. In fact, it applies to all 3 of my girls. For the rest of their lives. In fact, it applies to me, too. I thought I'd share it with you all...

It's so important to wash your face
And wear frilly dresses trimmed in lace.
You should brush your teeth 3 times a day
to keep the cavities away.

Wash your hair so it will shine!
And bow or curtsy from time to time.
Make sure your nails are trimmed & clean.
Add some polish to make them gleam!

All of these things a girl must do
to be thought prim & proper, too.
But, while the clothes may help you play the part,
What matters most is in your heart.

Are you kind to others? Do you scream & yell?
If someone wrongs you do you run to tell?
You must be a friend who's sweet & true.
And love the Lord, for He loves you.

Remember, a mirror will not get you far.
Real beauty is measured by how sweet you are!

Now I've got some work to do.


  1. 1. that poem made me want to cry.
    2. I love Mom's face in that one pic.
    3. Great job on the jewelry thing.
    4. Abbs needs to slow down on this growing up business. She really is a beauty in and out.
    5. Wish I could've been there tonight.

  2. What a beautiful poem, Julie! Happy Birthday to these important ladies in your life. Yes, that picture looks much better as a jewelry organizer! : ) My new granddaughter was born at 5 pounds, 3 ounces at the end of July, but I can see she is filling out more as the weeks go on.

  3. What a wonderful broght me from smiles to teary-eyed. Sounds like you did a good job with your daughter-otherwise she would not be the girl that she is! Diana

  4. What a beautiful girl! Happy Birthday to the girls!

  5. I love reading your blog! This poem is darling! I hope it's ok if I steal your idea! Thanks for being you!

  6. love the poem and the lesson it tells. Happy b'day Abby!

  7. Found your blog through comments on Edie's blog. I had to comment and tell you how much I loved your poem! Your girls have an awesome Mom to write them something like that.

  8. What a wonderful poem and a great idea!


  9. I'm so thankful you shared that poem. What a wonderful way to express what is important in life. I will share that with my girls if that is alright with you. I'm so happy to have found you and this blog. giggle


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