Monday, April 2, 2012

Happy Birthday, Miss E!!!!!!!

I still remember every moment of that early morning this precious life came into our family.

Erin's labor started the evening of April 1, 1997..a cold and snowy night.

Our entire family sat in the hospital waiting room,  anxiously anticipating the arrival of the baby.

The gender would be a surprise and we were so excited to meet this new life~

....then a beautiful baby girl was born, she was named Emma~

...My heart melted when I held this new life~

...I had the honor of making the family baptismal gown, Emma was the first to wear it~

... she grew and celebrated birthdays~

...and Holidays~


...she learned to bake~

...and swim~

..and dance~

...and blossomed into the beautiful young woman she is today!

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl..


I am so proud of the woman you have become.
You are loving,  kind,  gentle and you have a beautiful, sweet spirit.

I hope you continue on this path of self awareness,
 learning new things and experiencing new adventures!

I was so proud when you joined the tennis team
and wrote a paper to be submitted on a national level.
You are not afraid of spreading your wings.

You made the decision to leave the dance world, and all the friends you had made,  to enjoy a well rounded high school experience. That one decision, showed maturity beyond your years.

I hope you remember to put Faith as a top priority in your life. With Faith, all things are possible!

I hope you continue to reach for the stars.  Emma, you have the potential to do great things in your lifetime. Always strive for excellence, put in the hard work and the world is yours!

I hope you know the importance of being an independent woman.
You must be able to take care of yourself, before you can take care of others.
Enjoy, and savor, each stage of your life.

Always remember your family will be here for you, in the good times and bad. Yes, there will be bad times but remember to face them head-on and with grace.
Always seek out the advice of your family who know you, and love you, the best!!

I hope you continue to be a leader. Always look into your heart to find the right answers.  If you stick with your morals, and convictions, they will never lead you down the wrong path.

I wish for you more sunshine than clouds,
more laughter than tears.

Remember to laugh every day.
Remember to love deeply.
Remember, beauty comes from within.
Remember to respect all living creatures, even bee's!
But most of all, Always remember how much you are loved.

We Love you,

Nana and Grandpa Bill


  1. This post is almost as beautiful as Miss Emma! Happy birthday to a lovely young lady!

  2. what a beautiful post...happy Birthday Miss Emma
    thank you for sharing

    thank you for sotpping by

  3. Emma is lucky to have you in her life. That is a beautiful post. You write so lovely Shawn, the words are so very touching and heartfelt.

    Happy Birthday Emma!