Bloom. Blossom. Grow. Develop.

Seven years in the making.

Birth day

Symbolic of this is our peace lily. We received it from my mom the day our oldest was born. It was in full bloom that day. And it took seven years to bloom again. 

Blooms Day Lily

{I’m sure this has nothing to do with my gardening skills. It’s a miracle it’s still alive, let alone that it finally bloomed again. Maybe it has something to do with repotting it?}

And bloom she has. It’s hard to even articulate sometimes. I look at her and I see my little baby, then the next minute, she’s looking 13! I have to remind myself and the husband constantly that she’s still just SEVEN. She has a lot to learn and a lot more growing to do.

She has a style all her own. “I don’t care if I don’t match. I like this outfit!” Hey, she knows what she wants and she’s comfortable in her own skin. I can appreciate that…and learn something from it, too. Her birthday party? Still wanted a bounce house, piñata and as many friends as we could fit at our house. She’s the most generous of generous.

Happy 7

She’s really grown up this year. First grade! It’s crazy. Even if she’s not always confident in her abilities, I am, and I know there’s pretty much nothing she can’t do if she doesn’t try. (Although, we are still working on that confidence on her bike!) She will ask to be shown something and gets it pretty quickly. She likes to play dress up with her sisters and enjoys playing school and teacher. She can write a very intricate and detailed story during a quick trip to the store.

Happy 7th birthday

She had a fabulous first 9-weeks report card, too. We couldn’t be more proud, not just in the academic side, but also the social side. She appreciated our spontaneous ice cream trip to celebrate her report card victory. Of course, there was a celebration for all of us, because it is a team effort. But, she wouldn’t have stood for only her getting ice cream. She really looks out for her sisters and I’m pretty sure she always will.

Celebrating ice cream with daddy

My sweet, sweet seven year old, may you always remember just how awesome you are right now:)

Happy 7th birthday

(And, just in case you look back one day, yes, it still takes you being told 3 times to pick something up, yes you like watching kid shows on tv, you really enjoy school and reading and learning, you adore your sisters and have your own special nicknames for them. You tell us you love us all the time, and you draw the best pictures of us. You are grateful for the things that we get to do, and are really starting to appreciate how much work and time goes into everything we do. You like helping with many things. You enjoy packing your lunch, but you also like to be able to buy your lunch on Friday…and you always get all of the side items you are allowed).

We love you! 

6th birthday.

5th birthday.

4th birthday.

3rd birthday.

2nd birthday.

1st birthday. (MIA)

Birth story.

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  1. Very sweet post! I love her red curls, so cute!

    My daughter, Emily, is 6 and a half… I can’t believe it. Time has flown by and I don’t think that’s going to change!

  2. Happy Birthday, I!!! 7 was one of my favorite years. I am so proud that you pick out your own outfits and ROCK them. Keep that thought in every process of your life and you will be one super happy camper. Have a WONDERFUL week!

  3. what a great post… you are an awesome mom 😉
    hope she had an amazing birthday…

  4. grandma pat says:

    Happy 7 sweet girl. I surely have enjoyed watching you grow up. I surely like hearing “I Love you” when we hang up the phone. I can’t wait for the next 7 years.

  5. I cannot believe it’s already been 7 years… I remember reading her birth story like it wasn’t that long ago. Happy Birthday sweet Izzy!

  6. I totally know what you mean about the “just seven!” thing – it’s such a transitional age where they seem so mature and so little all at the same time. I cannot believe how old our kids are getting – seems like just yesterday they were wee littles (and only kiddos – can you even remember having only one kid anymore? lol)

  7. What a sweet post!
    My Superkiddo is 6, and I love the idea of preserving his likes and views on life, so that he can read them when he’s older.
    Happy 7th birthday to your princess!

  8. Coming over from Wordy Wednesday. Oh my how beautiful is she with that glorious red hair and all those curls. I love that color hair and her outfit at the bounce house too cute. See things like this is why I wished for a girl sometimes. My boys were not up for the dresses lol. Despite having the curls

  9. Hope she had a great birthday, she looks adorable!

  10. bloom indeed friend!!

    seven?!? just not possible!!

    happy happy seven to you both 🙂

  11. Sweet baby, and she has grown up so much. Look at that hair! I love the curls.

  12. Aaw so sweet! Happy birthday to your “big” girl!! 🙂

  13. Time goes wayyy too fast! I’m sure her Birthday was AWESOME!

  14. “I” really is the sweetest. Her stories are incredible impressive. I really like te effort she puts in to sounding out words se doesn’t know how to spell.

  15. Happy Birthday! She sounds like such a sweet girl and big sister. I love that you do this for her each year. I’ve been trying to do it for my kids and have gotten some years and skipped a few too. 😉

  16. Awww, sweet girl! Happy Birthday to her.

    It’s so fun to watch them all grow up but man, I remember when she was just a tot. 🙂 Time flies!!

  17. She is adorable! It’s amazing how fast children grow in what seems a blink of an eye!

  18. Cynthia R says:

    its amazing how quickly they grow, your daughters are adorable.

  19. Aw! Happy 7th Birthday! It’s so amazing to watch them grow and change. My oldest will be 21 next year and I still look at him and see him as a baby and think boy that went by in the blink of an eye.

  20. They grow up way to fast don’t they? Blink and she’ll be in high school! Happy Belated birthday 🙂

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