The Birthday Girl

Fun on the swing!

Fun on the swing!

Dear Erin,

It’s hard to believe you are two years old today. Sometimes you seem so grown up! I know that’s happening every day. And I know I can’t stop it (as often as I wish that I sometimes could).

But, the fact is, no matter how fast you do grow up, you will always be Daddy’s little girl. Always. Even the day — especially the day — when I get to walk you down the aisle on your wedding day. Yes, Erin, I do think about that. About ‘giving you away’…which is hard to think of already. Especially a girl who has given me so much — in just two years.

Your eyes, Erin, continue to captivate me each and every time I look at you. Your voice and your growing vocabulary impress me so much. You communicate so well. So easily.

Your sense of adventure. No fear. I’m so admirable and envious of your spirit. Your laughter — contagious — or at least it should be. Everything about you, Erin, speaks of joy. Because that is what you bring to all who love you.

Sure, you’ve grown a little more toddler like with your new bedtime behavior, but, overall, you are an angel. A sweet little angel.

And, Erin, while this day is always about you and always your day alone. Please know, too, what gift you bring me — every day.

Each time I look at you, Erin, your uncle Tim is there. You were such a gift at such a horrible time. A time, quite honestly, I still struggle with a lot (more than people think — at least until now). So on a day that should be totally yours, I thank you for sharing it with the uncle you’ve never met. There will be enough sorrow to share in the next few days about that. But on this day, your day, you share in all the good of not just yourself, but your uncle, too.

And for that, Erin, I thank you.

I do get frustrated, Erin. And I apologize for that. I try and do the best I can every day. Some days are much harder for me — and that’s my own patience level I have to deal with. But just please know that Daddy loves you so much, and you truly bring joy every single day.

Happy Birthday, Erin.



Getting ready to slide!

Getting ready to slide!












What happens when your kid is alone with the sitter! :)

What happens when your kid is alone with the sitter! 🙂

6 Comments on “The Birthday Girl”

  1. Carrie says:

    There is a reason for the phrase ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’. From the moment she arrived, you were wrapped around her little finger. Frustrating or fabulous take every moment and cherish it, they come and go all to quickly. Remember, all the moments are filled with love and part of what makes you each who you are – very special people.

    Happy Birthda Erin! You have been give a fabulous gift – a Dad (and Mom and brother) who love you very much.

  2. Anna says:

    She’s TOTALLY looking like Aidan in that last one. Super cute and what a sweet post. Happy day, Erin!

  3. Andrea says:

    Happy birthday Erin! What a beautiful blog. I hope that when she is older she can read all the wonderful things you write about her. Enjoy the ‘terrible’ 2’s. ❤

  4. Maddy says:

    Happy birthday to your baby girl!

  5. Melissa says:

    Happy Birthday, Erin!

  6. Sara says:

    I’m sorry…that can not possibly be Erin. She is too big and looking too little like a baby and way too much like a beautiful little girl.

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