Dear Hailey,

Two years ago today my prayers were answered.  God gave us you- a beautiful baby girl.

I can’t believe that two years have already passed.  Right after you were born, while we were still in the hospital, I remember a nurse coming in to see if we needed anything.  She told me how beautiful you were and she told me to cherish every single moment with you.  She said, “It seems like only yesterday I was down the hall having my own baby girl.  Now she is all grown up with her own children.  It goes by so quickly.”  And it does go by quickly.  The days turn into the weeks, the weeks into months and the months into years.  Two of them already.

If I could just slow down the time for a little while, I would want to slow down these days.  You are so much fun and your little personality is just fabulous.  You make me laugh every single day with your funny sense of humor.  Sometimes when you do something silly you look at me and grin and say, “My is funny Mommy.”  And then we laugh.

You are like a little sponge and you are learning so much so quickly.  You can talk in full sentences and carry on conversations with us.  You are such a smart little girl too.  You know all of your colors and shapes and almost all of your letters.  Your memory amazes me and so often you will repeat something to me that I told you days or weeks before.  Of course, this means that Daddy and I have to remember that anything we say around you will probably be repeated.

You love books so much and you will sit and listen to stories for as long as someone is willing to read them to you.  I am no longer able to skip pages in books when I’m trying to hurry and finish because you have many of the stories memorized.  You will tell me, “No.  Wait.  My need to go back.”  Then you go back and find the page that I tried to skip.

You seem to have an endless supply of energy.  You go and go non-stop.  You love to grab my hand and say, “Let’s run Mommy.” or “Let’s bounce Mommy.” And if I hesitate you will tell me, “It’ll be fun, fun, fun.  Come on Mommy.” 

Being a mommy is the hardest job in the whole world.  Some days are long and hard and seem like they will never end.  Some days seem like one tantrum after another with you wanting to do everything by yourself, “MY DO IT!  No help Mommy. MY DO IT!”  But I know it’s because you’re learning and you want to be able to figure everything out by yourself.  Even though being a mommy is hard work, it is also the most rewarding job in the whole world.  And even though you have your moments, most days are filled with fun times and laughter and I wouldn’t trade a second for anything else in the whole wide world.  Your beautiful smile, your sweet little giggle, the sound of your voice and hearing you say, “I love you Mommy.”  Those are the only payments I need.

Sometimes I just sit back and watch you play.  I wonder who you will grow up to be and what you will be like.  I wonder if I am doing everything I can do to give you the best life possible.  I wonder if you will be happy and if you will make the right choices.  Every day I pray that you will grow up to be healthy and happy and that you will love Jesus.  Nothing else matters and I hope I am teaching you that. 

Sometimes while I am watching you play I think about how much I love you.  And how I love you so much it is often overwhelming.  And sometimes I start to get a little misty eyed and it doesn’t take long before you notice and say, “Don’t be sad Mommy.  Okay?”  And I tell you that I am very happy and you give me a hug and say, “Mommy is happy.”  Then you grab my hand and say, “Come on Mommy, let’s bounce.”  And off we go with you forever holding my heart in the palm of your little hand.

I love you my Little Miss!  Happy 2nd Birthday.



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0 comments on “Dear Hailey,

  1. Happy Birthday Hailey!! :)

  2. Gramma and Pa on said:

    Happy Birthday Hailey! We love you so much!!

  3. Well, isn’t that just the sweetest post ever!?!! She’s gonna look back and cherish this wonderfully sweet letter from her Mommy!

    Happy Birthday Hailey!

  4. Comedy Plus on said:

    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday Dear Hailey,
    Happy Birthday to you. :)

  5. Tammy Warren on said:

    First time over! How sweet. I love writing letters to my children.

    Happy Birthday…to you especially. As a mom I think we feel the birthday more than the child.

  6. mama meji on said:

    What a sweet post! Happy Birthday to Hailey.

    And belated happy birthday to Rich, too. I missed it. :-) Anyway, just dropping by to see what’s going on and to say hello…and yay it’s H’s birthday! Perfect!

  7. Happy Birthday to Hailey!!! I hope we’ll be able to get her and Grace together someday!!! :)

  8. Happy Birthday Hailey! I’m so glad I get to share in your adventures!

  9. Andrea on said:

    Happy Birthday Hailey…sounds like you are keeping your mom busy! :)

  10. Mariana on said:

    Beautiful post!

    Happy birthday to Hailey! I hope she had a wonderful day :)

  11. Happy 2nd Birthday to Hailey…

  12. Happy Belated Birthday Hailey!!!!

  13. Heather @ Not a DIY Life on said:

    Happy Birthday, Hailey! What a beautiful little girl you are and I know that your mommy and daddy love you very, very much!

  14. Tiffany on said:

    What a special post! It made me teary eyed. She will enjoy reading this some day! Hope she had a wonderful birthday!

  15. LindaW on said:

    What a beautiful post. So much of it was spot on with how my boy acts (learns like a sponge, non-stop action, etc.) and how I feel about him. Happy Birthday little Hailey!

  16. JustMe on said:


    Those pictures are adorable!

    I have an award for you:

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