Sixteen (minus fifteen years or so)

Today is Celine's sixteenth birthday

I'm finding it hard to express how I feel about this day and its importance in my life. The birth of a first born is as much about the birth of a mother, as it is the birth of a child.  

I'm struggling this morning to put my emotions into words, and instead of teasing them out, I'm leaving them stuck at the catch in my throat. 

I love you Celine. I hope that today, and every day I am privileged to share with you, I communicate to you the unconditional love, affection and esteem I feel for you.

I can't help myself. I am head-over-heels in love with you. Still and always.

(And truly, you were such an adorable baby. And when I look at you now, almost grown-up and startlingly beautiful, on the cusp of your independence, I still see that baby. My baby.)

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  • Ruth L

    Ruth L on May 22, 2015, 1:55 p.m.

    Ahh, such great memories!  I love all those pictures, and have similar ones in my photo albums - such a sweet baby and now such an impressive lovely young lady!   Wish her many successes and blessings and to you, the mom, much wisdom and enjoyment of the years to come!    hugs!

    Auntie Ruth


  • Marianna

    Marianna on May 22, 2015, 8:14 p.m.


    Happy Birthday Celine!! 


    I'm right there with you mama. My oldest will be sixteen in July. I'm already struggling. Especially since he got his learner's permit Monday and started his first job last weekend. Where does the time go? 


  • Amber

    Amber on May 22, 2015, 9:10 p.m.

    Happy Birthday, Celine!  And happy 16th anniversary of your entrance into motherhood, Renee (or perhaps I should have wished that to you 9 months ago)

    I loved how you said, "The birth of a first born is as much about the birth of a mother, as it is the birth of a child."  So true!  My mom always makes a point of mentioning that to me on the birthday of my oldest - and I mention it to her on my birthday.


  • Dad

    Dad on May 23, 2015, 10:19 a.m.

    Looking at these pictures brings back a flood of memories as Celine made me a Papa. I need to talk to you soon to wish you happy birthday (day late)

    love papa


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