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Friday, December 10, 2010

I love you BIGGER than the SKY!

You might not remember, but when you were little, I would say to you and your sister, "I love you BIGGER than the SKY!"
In these images from the end of summer, endless sky and supply of berries, I see you, playful in the warmth of early September sun.
You are winding down from the first few days of school into relaxed joy as the wind gently kisses your hair in each photo.
And here you are below, just 13...soft, delicate, beautiful as the day your were born.
...and now it is December again, your next birthday
 ...and you my child have grown taller, fuller, riper not just in body, but in wisdom, compassion, and awareness.
What a pleasure to see you blossom into a 14 year old with integrity, generosity, wit, creativity and passion for so many ideas and causes. In this past year you raised funds and taught others about things that are important to you. Your healing body walked the entire distance for the MS Journey of Hope.
You became a bat mitzvah and clearly have taken your responsibilities to be a righteous soul to heart. 
You wrote a script, led a small group of middle schoolers and performed educational skits and activities to raise awareness of hunger and poverty  around the world and funds as well for the Nashua CROP Walk
You help me and your Dad around the house more and more all the time. You greet me with a smile (nearly) every day after school and hang out with me when I can't get out of bed, sitting beside me diligently working on your homework...so we can be near one another. I appreciate your kindness, your desire to be with me when you could be off anywhere else in the house. YOU are a zisa neshama...a sweet soul Rosewillow. You are a blessing. I love you.
When you look at your own reflection, I know you do not see what I see, none of us seems able to fathom the depth of our own beauty. So I'm telling you my darling girl, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL in every possible way!
And yes I still love you BIGGER than the endless SKY wrapped in ribbons of colorful clouds. You are  a gift to your Dad and Me, a gift to the world!
Happy 14th birthday Rosewillow!
To view more ribbons of clouds across the sky visit:

Skywatch Friday

51 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Rosewillow! Oh Laura...with tears I write because I know what a gift it is to have a daughter like this. I rejoice with you Laura! What a gem she is and I can only imagine what these next years hold for her. Blessing on your sweet girl. Blessings to you Laura. XX

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  2. How wonderful to be 14! Happy birthday, Rosewillow!

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  3. Goodmorning!

    I really hope you are ding well!

    some beautiful photoes of you and your famuily.May you have a blessesd weekend.Many hugs from me!!

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  4. Happy birthday to Roesewillow!
    Such a beautiful striking post Laura!
    Isn't it blessing to have a child like yours!
    Big hug for both of you:)

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  5. Happy birthday to your wonderful daughter!
    She's so beautiful.

    Have a great day together!
    Hearty hugs to you.

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  6. Happy Birthday Rosie! Enjoy the day and all the days of the coming year.

    My youngest will be 23 tomorrow. Each year brings new surprises.

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  7. Happy Happy Birthday to your Rosewillow!

    and happy birthing day to her mama,

    you are both gorgeous generous souls

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  8. Excellent post. Wonderful photo set. Well done.

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  9. what a beautiful daughter you have. and this is a beautiful tribute to her and her happy 14th birthday. blessings, suki

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  10. What a gorgeous name she has!

    She looks as lovely and compassionate as her mother.

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  11. Happy birthday to One who is loved as big as the sky!

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  12. Happy and blessed birthday, Rosewillow. You are as beautiful as your actions and your name. You are your mother's daughter in every way good, and you are yourself and still becoming in ways of beauty yet to be discovered.

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  13. What a beautiful post :)

    Happy birthday to your wonderful daughter!

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  14. Happy Birthday to Rosewillow! What a beautiful and amazing daughter. Lovely post. :D

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  15. Oh..Happy Birthday Rosewillo - what a luminous spirit you are, and a blessing beyond the sky to your mom and dad. Laura, thank you for sharing this heartwarming, heart-opening story of honoring and celebrating your angel, Rosewillow. I see you, in her - physically...and in spirt. Woundrous blessings to you all...

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  16. Happy birthday, Rosewillow. You are as beautiful as your mama. May you savor the day...and the Love. xo

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  17. What a wonderful message! Thank you so much for sharing. Lovely sky colors and fine captures. Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

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  18. Thank you everyone on Rosie's behalf for all of you wonderful birthday wishes!!! I can't wait to show her all the messages when she comes home from school today...She thought it was pretty awesome this morning that I had dedicated a post to her for her birthday!

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  19. Happy birthday, Rosewillow!
    Beautiful images!

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  20. Wonderful post for your daughter. She's a beauty and sounds like a great person. I hope she has a very special birthday.

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  21. Happy birthday Rosewillow and happy sky watch.

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  22. Happy Birthday to Rosewillow, the sweet soul of your heart.

    Such a beautiful post. She will treasure it always.

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  23. Happy Birthday!
    To you as well, and all you give to her life, Happy Birthing day.

    Your daughter is a beauty. Surely reflecting so much of you and God's grace.

    Enjoy!

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  24. Happy happy birthday to your beautiful Rosewillow! She is radiantly lovely, and your words a beautiful testament to a mother's deep love.

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  25. Great photos but a wonderful testimony to faithfulness. Your post made my day.

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  26. Beautiful!! What a wonderful way to celebrate the love and the light that shines in your daughter!

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  27. How precious. Rosewillow and your love for her. Happy Birthday to you both.

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  28. What a tribute. We should all be so loved.

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  29. Daughters are indeed beautiful and precious, and yours especially so.

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  30. Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl!

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  31. What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful daughter.

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  32. Your Rosewillow is a beautiful young girl. Happy Birthday Rosewillow. I hope you had a great day. The skywatch photo is pretty too.

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  33. "Thanks for all the birthday wishes!!! Wow!!"

    ~Rosie

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  34. Happy Birthday, Rosewillow! There's nothing like a parent's love for their child, I'm lucky to experience that as a parent myself.

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  35. What a fortunate family to be so rich in love...and yes what a darling, beauty-filled, gracious and giving young woman...a gift to the world on her birthday.

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  36. Happy Birthday, Rosewillow!

    What a beautiful post, Laura!

    Love to both of you! xoxo

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  37. From one mother to another, I see how your heart broke open to be as wide as the sky, and how Rosie has learned this from you.

    May I follow in your footsteps, Laura. May I follow...

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  38. Hi Tracy, your daughter is beautiful in every way. I wish her all the best on her birthday and always. I smiled when you said "I love you bigger then the sky. My granddaughter now 7 always said to me " I love you as big as the universe". She is my star.

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  39. Birthday Wishes to Rosewillow...

    Laura this is such a beautiful post..from your beauty to her beauty :-) reading has brought heartwarmed smiles.. xx

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  40. Happy birthday, Rosewillow. You are a beautiful girl.
    Very nice post, Laura.

    Have a great weekend.

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  41. How beautiful!
    And what a gorgeous name,
    Happy Birthday Rosewillow!

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  42. That was absolutely lovely and I hope Rosewillow had a wonderful birthday.
    This was such a kind and beautiful post and I'm sure she loved it.

    ♥ Bx

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  43. Belated birthday wishes....what a beautiful post for a beautiful girl.

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  44. Hi there Laura, thanks for stopping by at my blog. As I found yours I saw this amazing post for your daughter...wow the words in the header grabbed me....
    I always say from the day my oldest (now also 14 year old) son was born: I love you to the sky and back again.....
    guess we have some in common here.

    You little girl is great. Do cherish her every moment of the day.
    Be well hugs Dagmar

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  45. Laura, sorry, I called you Tracy...T.

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  46. A belated Happy Birthday to the young lady. And bravo to you, Laura, for sharing what is in your heart so easily (?) and well.

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  47. Such a beautiful sharing for Rosewillow's birthday! Clearly a child of God and a child of the world. The world is better for her existence and for her energy, laughter, good works, good heart and kindness to all, especially to you, dear Laura.

    May Rosewillow always be blessed by goodness and joy in her life.

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  48. Happy birthday, Rosewillow! Laura, she truly is a beauty and a blessing; she must get that from her mom!

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