19 May

Eleven years ago, this little creature entered my life.  This changeling child, with her little elfin ears, whose magic powers were relaxing us with her calm ways, causing us to fall asleep with her at any given time. She was the little princess, watched over by her siblings, who announced any time she was in distress, in case I didn’t hear her cries.  She was the fourth child, but our hopes and dreams and love for her was the same as with the other three who came before her.

She decided to be different.

Eleven years ago, our lives changed.  We just didn’t realize how much.

Our world has changed so much in the past eleven years.  But I’ve seen the best of things – the best of my marriage, the best of my husband, the best of my three older children, the best of people – because of this child.  This changeling girl who is a mystery and a wonder.  This girl who will always be my child, my shadow, yet has as much of an independent streak as the rest of my children.  Because of this girl, I’ve had my heart broken, my backbone grown stronger, my world turned upside down, my mental state shaken, and my voice more assured.

Eleven years ago, I thought I knew so much about motherhood.  I didn’t realize I had so much more to learn.

Looking back over these years, life has changed so much.  More than I thought it would eleven years ago.  I couldn’t have even imagined how much life would change for us when this little elfin girl entered our lives, the first to be born days after her due date.  The first to be born in an uneven year.  I joked that she broke the cycle, not knowing how true that would be.

It hasn’t been easy.  It would be lying to say it all was.  But Maura has always made it easier, with her happy attitude and ability to live in the moment.  She loves to love, still smiles with her whole face, and is always ready for a new adventure or to give you a big hug.

These past eleven years are not what I expected at the start of our journey.  They’ve been so much more, because of that little elfin baby who has grown into our wondergirl.

Maura on her First Communion

Maura on her First Communion


10 Responses to “Eleven”

  1. Renee Anne May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Woo-hoo! Happy birthday to Miss Maura 🙂

  2. nanis May 19, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    She is a delightful girl, and following your blog has been so heart warming and enlightening for me. I, too, am grateful for Maura.

    Happy Birthday, Special Girl!

  3. Christine Phelan May 19, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    Happy Birthday Maura, we are so happy to know you! God bless you all Phoebe, and thank you for sharing your daughter and your life with us…

  4. Liz Palika May 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm #


  5. Jackie groden May 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    Happy birthday beautiful girl

  6. Terrie May 19, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    Happy birthday to Maura! Thank you for sharing your family’s story with us 🙂

  7. teresamcnally May 19, 2014 at 4:38 pm #




  8. saracvt May 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Happy Great Big Birthday to the divine Miss M! And thank you for letting my Maddy know that there is another little girl out there who loves Great Big Sea, penguins, and Pinkie Pie. She’s never met you (but wants to); just by hearing about you, she feels less alone and weird. And I thank your mom for helping me feel less alone and scared. Pretty big presents you gave us!

  9. Deanna M Rogowski May 19, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    a lovely picture of a lovely girl on a special occassion – Happy Birthday to Maura

  10. Charlotte Steggz May 22, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    So sweet! And happy happy birthday to Maura! Such a pretty dress she has there – like a princess.

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