To Maura, on her 9th birthday

19 May

You’re not all I expected you to be when you were born 9 years ago.  Instead, you are so much more than I could have ever imagined.

You’ve taught me things I didn’t know I needed to learn.  Reminded me to slow down, enjoy life, enjoy each moment.  You’ve helped me become a stronger person, a better person.  You show me how amazing your siblings are, and because of you, I don’t take anything your brothers and sister do for granted.

You’re a girl who refuses to be labeled or pigeon-holed.  You’re a girl who loves music, loves to dance, loves to smile and laugh.  As the Irish would say, you like good craic.  You are also full of independence and determination, to the point where we’ve given up thinking you can’t do something – because usually, you’ll prove us wrong.  At the very least, you’ll give it a shot.  You also have a temper and a stubborn streak to match any other female in the families, and a love of shoes and shopping that should be unholy for a girl who also loves sports so much.

But mostly, you’re just our girl.  You’ll always be our girl, hich is why I’m so grateful you are such a happy, music-loving, could spend hours on the beach kind of girl.

So happy birthday Maura!  Thank you for being you, and for loving the rest of us so unconditionally.

Little Maura, back when she was blondish


October 2010 – Maura with Penguin


Proving her awesomeness with a TARDIS shirt


Me, trying to knit and drink tea. Maura, deciding she needed to snuggle. Such is life with my long-legged girl.



31 Responses to “To Maura, on her 9th birthday”

  1. Karen May 19, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    Happy Birthday Maura!! 🙂

  2. Denise May 19, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    Happy Birthday Maura! And many more.

  3. Kim May 19, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    Happy birthday! That first picture is such a joy to see. She just radiates the joy and excitement she sees in the world.

  4. LKD May 19, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    Happy Birthday, Maura! Love the photos, especially the penguin shot!


  5. Shari Blue May 19, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    Happy Birthday, Maura!!!

  6. Maureen Brown May 19, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    That was beautiful Phoebe. A very
    Happy Birthday to Maura!

  7. Lisha @ The Lucky Mom May 19, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    The gift was yourson that day nine years ago. Thank you for Shari g her with us. ❤

  8. Angie May 19, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    Happy Birthday Maura!! 🙂

  9. Laurie May 19, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    Happy Birthday Maura. Wonderful post!!!!!

  10. Sharon Hoover Weidemann May 19, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    Happy Birthday Maura!

  11. edens May 19, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Happy Birthday Maura! My daughter Meg will be nine in December. I think you could be good buddies since you have so much in common. Totally understand where you are coming from Phoebe and so enjoy your blog. Thank you!

  12. rosanneromero May 19, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Birthday greetings from your one friend in the Philippines!

  13. thebeadoll May 19, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    Happy Birthday from Chicago, Illinois, Maura!!!! With love, Kelly

  14. thebeadoll May 19, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Maura! From Kelly in Chicago, Illinois.

  15. Meg May 19, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Happy birthday, pretty girl!!

  16. Dani Vaughn May 19, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Happy Birthday, Maura! Wishing you tons of fun all the way from Pinckney, MI. 😉

  17. Jane Goering May 19, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    What a beautiful girl you are, Maura!

  18. Elyse May 19, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Happy Birthday from Florida Maura!

  19. Tania May 19, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    What a sweet girl! Happy birthday Maura! I know you will continue to bless your family and touch many of our lives daily even though we haven’t met you in person.

  20. Sharon May 19, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Happy birthday, Maura! Have a wonderful, wonderful day!

  21. David Allen May 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Maura! Manchester misses you!

  22. Nancy Spivey May 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Happy Birthday to a sweet little girl, and a mom who has shown me how to put things in perspective.

  23. Renee Anne May 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Happy birthday, Miss Maura 🙂

  24. Margaret Beaver May 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Maura! Love and blessings to you.

  25. LauraMarieForLife May 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    Happy Birthday to Maura! I love reading your blog, and hearing of your adventures over in Ireland. It’s so wonderful to see the love between all of you and Maura. Kids over here in the U.S. would be lucky if they had parents more like you!

  26. stephanie guerriero May 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Happy Birthday Maura! I love hearing about you and think you are just awesome. And Phoebe, thanks for sharing your outlook on things. It helps me have a better perspective about my own four children, one of whom has special needs. Please keep writing!

  27. Sheila Weinberg-Cowdrey May 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” Maura!!!!! You are special in so many wonderful ways. We all feel we know you well thx. to your very special Mom and her blog. I have a very special daughter who you remind me of in so many ways so I read your Mom’s blog everytime she writes and always end up with a smile on my face.

  28. Kimberlie May 20, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    Absolutely beautiful! Happy Birthday Maura!!

  29. Cheryl-Lynn May 20, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Happy Birthday, Maura!! a bit tardy from Canada;)

  30. Life's Unexpected Blessings May 21, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Happy Birthday Maura! Always an inspriation…

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