"Once our eyes are opened, we cannot pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”- William Butler Yeats

Monday, August 17, 2009

Happy Birthday to my beautiful, big girl!!!

All psyched while sitting on the plane. READY TO GO!

Still my little girl, playing on the "BIG" piano at
FAO Schwarz!

Yummers! Lunch at Lombardi's Pizzeria in Little Italy.
(Thanks, Shanna!)

My "star"!

Definitely "Daddy's girl"

Waiting to go into the Hard Rock Cafe.

A blessed Mama with her two beautiful girls!

I still can't believe she's 15!

Entering the flight deck of the USS Intrepid.

Hmmm....a Navy girl?

The "GForce Encounter". My girl loves these kind of rides!

Big sister and Dad taking the boys on a helicopter ride!

Her favorite NYC spot. Having Frozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity!

We've been in NYC since Saturday morning and having an amazing time!

Today's post I want to dedicate to my beautiful Amanda. It's almost impossible to believe that 15 years ago, God blessed me with a treasure that I desperately wanted, a little girl. I remember having 2 ultrasounds during my pregnancy and both times I was told, "It's a girl!" Yet, both times, I just refused to believe it.

At 12:02 a.m. on August 17, 1994, she entered the world. I remember the doctor saying, "You have a beautiful little girl!" and me clearly responding with, "Are you sure?" He laughed, looked down at my sweet baby girl and said, "Yep. She's still a girl!"

And so the story began.


I love you more than words could ever express. You're everything I've every wanted in a daughter and so much more. I'm so proud of you. I thank God every day that he chose me to be your Mom.

I hope you're enjoying your trip. I know I love making memories with you and I pray they last a lifetime.

God bless you abundantly. I love you as much as the whole wide world....and back again.



Sherri said...

There is no doubt she is your daughter! She looks just like you! What a beautiful girl!

I'm glad you're having a nice time on this Quinceanera trip!

mom2-4boys said...

So glad you guys are having a great time... It sure looks fun!!!

Happy Birthday Amanda!!!

Sara Bowyer said...

so fun!!! Happy Birthday!!!!

You all look very happy in all the pictures!

Leslie Jackson said...

WOW! That pic of you and the girls is so sweet. You all smile alike! It's so awesome!

Tell your daughter I hope she has a great time in NY! Happy Birthday!

Cheer for the Panthers tonight---they're playing in NY against the Giants!

Mom Of Many said...

What fun!! Wish I was there with ya'!! Have a total blast! And Happy Birthday Amanda!

Holly said...

Awesome pictures! I can tell it is a very special birthday celebration! I can't help but think that you must have looked very much like Amanda when you were 15 :) you don't look much different now and you're what...25 now, right? ;)
Enjoy your time together!

Patricia/NYC said...

Happy Birthday, Amanda!!!
Fabulous photos! What a beautiful girl!
Looks like you are having an AMAZING time here in the city!! Wow! You have done SOOOOO much in so little time! Good for you!!! Enjoy the rest of your stay!!

waiting4Isabella said...

Great Pictures & a great blog and OMG Amanda you look so beautiful... A true P-R-I-N-C-E-S-S I am honored to be your aunt.. In that one picture of you and your mom sitting by the bell, you remind me sooo much of me....Now with your new Dew... I love it. Hope you had an awesome birthday, I wish we could have been there to celebrate with you... We will celebrate when you get back... LOVE YOU MORE THAN THE WHOLE WORLD & BACK...... MADRINA.

Keisha said...

Happy Birthday Sweetie!!!
Ohilda,.. you have such beautiful children!
Hope you're having a Blast in NYC!! Have a little fun for ME!!!!
love ya!

day by day said...

Happy Birthday to Amanda!!! Ohilda...she is really beautiful...just like her Mama! And I love the new haircut. : )

Hope you are all having lots of fun in NYC... sure looks like you are having a blast. Bummer we can't see ya!

take care!

He & Me + 3 said...

OMGosh! I love NYC. HOw fun for her to celebrate her 15th birthday there. That is awesome. Happy Birthday Amanda!

David and Sarah said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl!

Under the Florida Sun said...

Happy Birthday to her! How fun! Looks like a great time was had!!

Jewels of My Heart said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter!
Hope her day was extra special.

Amy said...

Beautiful Birthday Girl! Beautiful Mama!


O, it looks as if all of you are having such a blast! I'm so happy that you have this special time together!

Love you(((Hug)))...

Timmy's Girl @ Luv My Quiver Full Of Arrows said...

Amanda, what a blessing you are to your Mama...a crown she wears so proudly. May God bless your every step, thought, word spoken, word heard, and guide you always on the path you should go.

xoxo, Veronica in CA

Angie said...

Happy 15th Birthday, Amanda!!!

Angie in TX

Jill said...

You are a lovely girl!! What fun in NYC! I am so jealous of the frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity! FUN!!!

ENJOY! You are well loved!


Aus said...

OH MY!! I never realized how much you and Amanda look alike until I saw that picture of you three girls...there is no way that you could deny that child as yours!! Amanda - even tho we've never 'met' I sure feel like I've come to know you over the past couple years - and I'll second your mom's comment - you are a daughter that I'd be proud to claim as my own! Continue in a like and similar fashion! God continue to grant you blessings!

hugs - aus and co.

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