Monday, March 30, 2009

TWENTY

For those of you who loathe the silly, sentimental, parental prattle and the unprovoked sharing of photos only a mother cares about birthday post -----flee now.


I just can’t help myself. It’s not like I will do this every year. I just want to do it once for each child, to put in my journal. Really.



Twenty years ago I was yelling at my husband to, “LOOK AT ME, NOT THE D#$% MONITOR!!! I AM THE ONE IN LABOR YOU IDIOT!!” I will spare you all the rest of that conversation. After 10 hours of labor and screaming at the nurse who was holding the baby in because the doctor didn’t have his scrubs on yet----I got this prize----









I just want to reach right in that picture and nibble on those cheeks and squish that perfect little person! She was my “squishy”, snuggly; I only want my mamma baby.





Nat has been a performer since day one. At 5 months she started throwing her head back and howling—just like a wolf—a little, hoarse, baby wolf—but it made everyone laugh---and she was hooked.











This fashion statement happened the night her Dad took her and some friends to see "Signs". I didn't ever see it but apparently it is relevant.... but I think she looks like Zena, Warrior princess with a hangover.
As a Mother, I can't help but feel a sense of pride as I notice that MY child is the only one who fit the WHOLE cookie in her mouth.........








I’ll never understand how this child......



































who we had to fight daily just to keep her clothes on and….
to make her keep her pull ups on the right part of her body………


















grew up to be the most modest, all parts of my body must be covered, young woman that she is today!!
















Natty, you take my breath away. …….






With your beauty.....




Your courage........


























And your strength.













This is Nat 4 wheeling to the Hole in the Rock,inUtah when she was just 13.





I love you for your adherence to what you know to be true. For your shiny, happy soul and for so many other things but most of all….




Because you love me!!


How I got so lucky as to share her journey for the last 20 years---I’ll never know.





Happy Birthday Natty Gann!

20 comments:

Sorenson Family said...

Lisa that is a beautiful tribute. If I did a post like that it would take me a week and that's after I found all the pics. tee hee. Really it was Great. Happy Birthday Nat!!

Cynthia said...

Happy Birthday! What a beautiful daughter, inside and out!

onlymehere said...

I love the picture of her with the sunglasses on bz it shows all that thick dark hair!! What a cutie. I also really like the dress up from the movie Signs! That was such a funny unexpected part of the movie. I had to see it bz it's Mel Gibson but I usually don't see scary movies! Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter Nat!!

Scrappy Girl said...

Happy Birthday to a very beautiful young woman. Modesty is very important and getting harder to instill in our young ladies every day...you should be very proud!

Boyd Family said...

Wow, thanks for sharing! Isn't it fun to watch them grow-love it!

Pedaling said...

i did a shameless mommy brag fest on my own blog today too.
my boys 16th.

Happy Birthday to your beautiful gal!

annie said...

The picture of you two is great! :o) She's worth a sappy post for sure. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Nat-Nat. :o)

Mother Goose said...

oh my gosh, i love this post! i just ate up all your wonderful pictures! your daughter is amazing and so beautiful!!

tammy said...

She is beautiful! Love all the pics.

Karen Sue said...

i have 3 boys and 1 girl. she is truly a gift and i am thankful for each of her almost 17 years..she still likes me (in private, of course!) it is such a relief not to have some of my friends' kids.YIKES!!
happy day to you both!!

Cherie said...

I have been stalking your blog a little bit :)
You posts are very fun to read but I had to laugh when I read the top of this one because we all do it don't we? After all, these blogs are our scrapbooks and journals so all the pictures and the mommy prattle must go in. I personally love it! Being a mom and having wonderful kids is the greatest.

You have a beautiful family.

Cherie

Mikki said...

Aw! Happy Belated Birthday to your beautiful girl. She IS a beauty!!
What a lovely tribute to her as well. Well done!

nikkicrumpet said...

WOW she is something isn't she. What a gorgeous gal. And it looks like she turned out to be pretty darn special. Nice work both of you! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY Nat! I hope you have the best year so far! And give your momma a hug from all of us!

Jan the crazy lady said...

This makes me weepy. How special. I hope she has a great journey too. She is so lucky to have you as a momma.

Happy Birthday Natty Gann

Nana said...

That was very sweet and she is a beautiful young women. It's great to have daughters to share your life with. Happy Birthday Nat!!!!!

Carla said...

Happy Birthday to your beauty!
It shows all the way through!
(Love the picture of the two of you)

Sue said...

What a beautiful young woman your daughter is. You are both lucky!

Happy birthday to you, Natty!

=)

Da Bergs said...

SHE is beautiful!!! I have a cute son....

Marivic_Little GrumpyAngel said...

I am late, but I just want to say what a beautiful daughter you have in Nat. And please keep posting photos of your kids whenever you want. I enjoy other mother's celebration of their children. It helps me justify my own "prattle" :-)

Mechelle said...

You are a good mom. m