Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Belated Birthday Wishes

Sunday was Bean's 8th birthday.

We spent the majority of the day celebrating the Year of the Dragon.
Bean dances with her friend, G, and several other girls, in a Chinese Dance Group.  And since Sunday was New Year's Eve, there was a big party happening!

Here a couple of 'too cute not to share' pictures...

It's insanely hard to believe that it's been eight years.  Time has gone by way, way too quickly.

That day separated my life into two parts:  before Bean and after Bean.  
I no longer relate time to my life, but to hers.  
Everything is remembered by how old she was when it happened.  
I honestly have to do the math based on her age to figure out how old I'll be on my birthday this year!!

She is, in a word, amazing.  What she's been through...from cleft lip surgery at 7 months, two procedures and a surgery for her bladder reflux, another lip surgery, and the most recent adventure, D...would dim the light in many eyes.  But not hers.  She has this infectious smile, a sparkle in her eyes that makes it impossible to not smile when you see her. (a fact that has saved her cute little butt on many occasions!) 

Sunday also marked the three year anniversary of my daddy's passing.  It's impossible for me not to include something about him.  He, too, was amazing.  He never met a stranger in his life and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.  I have so many wonderful memories of him and Bean, and I am thankful that she does, too.

July 2004, Bean about 6 months old

So, Happy Belated Birthday, Bean!  
I'm sorry it's taken me so long to post, but strep throat has kicked me in the butt and has kept me down for the past three days.  
I am so proud of the young lady you are becoming...and I know Papaw would be, too!


  1. She is so brave,strong and pretty :) Your dad sounds like a great man! Your post brought tears to my eyes. I know your dad would be proud of Bean..but also very proud of you... Hope you feel better soon. Love and prayers.

  2. Happy birthday, Bean, and what a great way to celebrate! Here's hoping the year of the Dragon is a good one for all!

  3. She is so beautiful! I am the year of the dragon so I really like her costume :) She is so strong for such a young girl. She must have an amazing mother!

  4. She IS amazing! Sometimes I can't believe what our kiddos have been through (because I never had to go through anything like they have). I'm so glad you posted a pic of her as a baby! Love that little "notch." :)

  5. What a beautiful post and a beautiful birthday girl! Happy Birthday to Miss Bean! LOVE the picture of your Dad and baby can just see how proud he was. He sounds like he was an incredible man! I'm sorry to hear you aren't well too...hope you feel better soon my friend! HUGS!

  6. Wow...still getting caught up on you blog, but your daughter (and you family) is amazing. Strong and resilient. I hope her birthday was amazing. Love her costume.

  7. Great pictures! And I love the one of Bean with your dad. She will definitely treasure that one day...

  8. what a beautiful girl, thank you for sharing your birthday wishes. More power to your blog.



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