From Tracie: Eight Years Old

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Eight Years Old

Today Katarina is eight years old. I'm all weepy and amazed. I feel old when I hear things coming out of my mouth like, "The time has gone by so fast." and "It seems like just yesterday I was holding her in my arms and rocking her to sleep" but I keep saying those things, because they are true.

I'm finding that this parenting thing goes extremely fast and unbelievably slow - all at the same time.

Last night, I captured Katarina, in the last few hours of being seven.
Katarina, hours before she turned eight
Not at all a baby, but not yet grown all the way up.

As you embark on the adventure that is eight years old, my heart is full. I'm so proud of the amazing person that you are. The deepness of your heart. All the small and big things that you remember. Your imagination that is more a raging fire than a spark - when you draw a picture, it always comes with a story. You pick out big words from the books you are reading, and use them. You dream big. You are a hard worker. You send me emails that are so silly, they make me laugh; and emails that are so sweet, they bring tears to my eyes. 

You amaze me every day. I'm so thankful that all those years ago there was a miracle, and you are here with us. 

I love you with much muchiness. 
Eight is going to be an awesome year! 


  1. dagnabbit I had to go back of course and if I hadn't already been a weepy mess that made it worse..

  2. My oldest is going to be 8 in a couple months and this post is so sweet. Reminds me of how fast she is growing up.

    Your daughter's hair is so long. It looks lovely. I wish my daughter would brush her hair so it would look nice like that.

  3. Popped in from SITS! I love the name Katarina!

  4. Beautiful tribute to your daughter. She is lovely.

  5. Happy Birthday! She is beautiful! Simply Heartful Birthday letter, too:) It does go fast - whatever happened to the days when Christmas took f.o.r.e.v.e.r.!!??

  6. LOVE love love the "much muchiness"!
    Happy Birthday Katarina. You know you have an amazing Mom, don't you?

  7. That was so sweet and she is beautiful! Happy birthday to you both! (I've always felt we moms should get to celebrate too -- we did all the work!)

  8. Happy birthday to your beautiful girl!

  9. "extremely fast and unbelievably slow" - yes and I think life in general acts that way.
    Fun stuff passes by quickly and the painful stuff just hangs there.
    Happy Birthday to your girl.

  10. Happy Birthday!! One day you're going to wake up and she's going to be 21. LOL

  11. Aww...she's a beauty! Stopped by to visit after finding your comment on my blog. Thanks for visiting me and a belated happy birthday to your girl. Eight was a very good year with mine, as I recall. :)

  12. Time is flying here too. I hope she has a wonderful day.

  13. Ah, happy belated birthday. She's still a little angel, even if another year older. Our baby is 14, our oldest nearly 28. Time flies, hold her close.