i love you more than the ten planets

my baby girl turned 5 yesterday.  this is a big milestone (maybe more so for mom and dad than it is for her).  she starts kindergarten in the fall, can tie her shoes and shower all by herself, writes grand adventures, is the craftiest person i know, turns everything into a song, and has all of these other grown up qualities that make her seem so old in just five short years!  i can hardly believe how quickly things change.

as we cuddled in bed yesterday morning, talking about her successful birthday party, she told me she loved me “more than the universe, the ten planets, and all one thousand stars”.  i of course lost it and sobbed like a baby while she comforted me like a knowing mother.  that girl is my world.

[this picture was taken on one of our first family vacations, to Washington DC.  less than four years later we are now living in DC.]

 another example of how quickly life changes, and a good self reminder to enjoy every minute of it.

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