Claire is 1!

Claire Ruth!

You sure didn’t get my permission to have a birthday today!

You probably got permission from Dad, he loves watching you girls grow up! So do I but sometimes I get all nostalgic and want this back…

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But then I look at THIS gorgeous face!

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I love having the privilege of watching you grow up.

You’re so precious and I long to see what sort of character you’ll grow into.

So far you’re more like your dad than you are like me.

Which brings a little more balance on the emotional scale.

Dad really appreciates that!

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As I look at these photos, I admire the baby cheeks, the thick feet, the big, bald head, the one little tear you get, the clumsy but deliberate steps you take around the yard…

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This tear. Over having to be done with the piano!

I smile. I think how blessed am I to have you in my life! How fortunate am I to know you from your very beginnings. I am so excited for the day when you are older.

I think I’ll admire everything about you.

And that I’ll cherish you even more then than I do now. (Somethow!)

Happy birthday precious Claire Ruth. We all love you a LOT!