Monday, August 18, 2008 first born.

Eight years ago today, Maya Kathryn was born and she changed my life forever.  She made me a mom.  From the moment I knew she was growing inside of me, I loved her.  And she has had my heart ever since...


Here are my eight wishes for you, my sweet Maya, on  your eighth birthday.Copy of August 08 022

#1~ I wish that you will always know how deeply you are loved by your family.

#2~ I wish that you will always know how beautiful you are on the inside as well as the outside.

#3~ I wish that you will always have the courage to choose the right and always be honest with yourself and others.

Copy of August 08 024 #4~ I wish that you will someday find the love of your life who will treat you with the love and respect that you deserve.  Use your dad as your role model and you can't go wrong.

#5~I wish that you will do the things necessary to strengthen your testimony of Jesus Christ.  And by doing those things you will truly come to know Him as your Savior.

#6~I wish that you will recognize the talents you have been blessed with and have the desire to develop them and share them with others. Copy of August 08 031

#7~I wish that you will continue to be compassionate towards others and find joy in serving those around you.

#8~I wish that you will always have peace and joy in your heart knowing that you are a daughter of a Heavenly Father that knows you and loves you.  Do what you need to do to stay close to Him and you will be happy.

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So there you have them, my eight wishes for my beautiful eight year old girl.  I hope all of your wishes come true!

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I couldn't be anymore thrilled to be your mom.  I count you as one of my greatest blessings.  You are such a gift to me and to our family.  I love you Maya Papaya!

Happy Birthday!




Lindsey said...

Amazing thoughts, you are a great mother.

Lauren in GA said...

That was truly beautiful ☺

I love the pictures...especially the first one.

What a lovely idea for a birthday post. I love that you told her your eight wishes for her for her 8th birthday.

She is a beautiful girl and I love the nickname, "Maya Papaya".

The Hansen Clan said...

I am crying that was so beautiful! Maya, we love you so much and hope today is a wonderful day. Please remember how truly amazing you are... we feel so blessed to have you in our lives.

kc and k said...

She is beautiful!

Ilene said...

Love the dress. Love the girl. Love the mom.

There is a lot of love going on, huh?

Monica Kay said...

she looks so cute in these pictures! happy birthday maya!! we'll be there soon!!!

♥Shally said...

She is beautiful-- and I am sure she will cherish your words...

Melissa-Mc said...

What a sweet tribute to your daughter. Happy Birthday, Maya!

day in the life of a prince said...

I love her dress. It's so cute!! She looks so grown up!!

Erin said...

What a beautiful post and what beautiful wishes for your baby! :)

How funny--we call my niece Mya Papaya too!

Bridget said...

What a great idea to do for a birthday. My oldest, a daughter, turns 8 yrs old next month. I love Maya's dress wth the green sash around the middle. Beautiful girl.

Jessica said...

Who did those pictures? They are gorgeous.

Maya basically radiates peace and sweetness and we are lucky to have her for a future daughter in law.

Alison said...

I loved the pictures and your birthday "wishes" for Maya. I also read about your sister, "Wow!" That is awesome she can and feels comfortable to have labor and delivery at home. Congrats on both "birthdays!"

calibosmom said...

Absolutely beautiful! Happy Birthday to your sweet girl! I'm sure you made that amazing dress!!! That is one talent your twin (me) did not inherit! Gorgeous!

Meghann said...

The dressed turned out beautifully! I love the green ribbon.

I only have the nicest things to say about Maya . . . seriously, she is all sweetness.