I couldn’t post this yesterday because the wireless wasn’t working at the Breckenridge rental.  Which is a bummer because I wanted this to post on Em’s actual birthday – the 15th – when she turned 9 years old.  But better late than never.

This week’s Gratitude Sunday post is dedicated to Em.  I am so blessed to have her as a daughter.  To say I could not imagine my life without her is the world’s biggest understatement.

Quotes on Gratitude for Daughters

“A daughter is a miracle that never ceases to be miraculous… full of beauty and forever beautiful… loving and caring and truly amazing.” — Deanna Beisser

“A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.” — Author Unknown

“A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future.” — Author Unknown

Reasons I am grateful for Em

  1. She is kind and compassionate.  So much so that when a new girl came into the classroom, the teacher sat her next to Em because she knew Em would take care of her and make her feel welcome.
  2. Likewise, she takes excellent care of her little brother.  Of course they argue, but when push comes to shove she is his fiercest protector and most patient teacher.
  3. She is very artistic – in visual, verbal AND dramatic arts.
  4. She loves reading and writing.
  5. She asks for (and gives) LOTS of hugs, and often tells me, “You’re the best Mom in the whole world.”
  6. Even as she gets older and wants to spend more time with her friends, family always comes first for her.
  7. She is very sensitive and doesn’t have a mean bone in her body.  For this reason, friends have sometimes taken advantage of her.  Instead of accepting this treatment, she’s worked with us and other adults to learn to stand up for herself and express her needs and feelings.  Now she is not only a good friend to others, but understands what makes someone a good friend for her.
  8. She is adventurous with experiences (if a little shy with new people).  She climbs rock walls, rides horses, skis, dances, acts, paints, swims, plays basketball.  She loves art museums and science museums equally.  She’s always willing to try something new.
  9. She loves school and values learning.
  10. When she laughs, the world stands still to listen to so pure and beautiful a sound.

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. Happy birthday, Em! (even though I’m a little late)

    May I say I envy her freckles? I’ve always wished I had freckles. (I suppose if I had ’em, I wouldn’t want ’em.)

    I’m grateful for the warmth of friends, and for the many ways people have encouraged me recently — and on the frivolous side of things, I’m grateful for DVDs that let me watch my favorite movies over and over until I can say the lines along with the actors!

    • She does have the most adorable freckles! And DVDs are great – we’ve been re-watching the Star Wars series with the kids. Fun!

  2. H~A~P~P~Y B~I~R~T~H~D~A~Y EM !!!

  3. Happy Birthday, Em!!! My son turned 9 this month, too 🙂 What an absolutely lovely tribute, Julie.

  4. Happy Birthday Em!
    Congrats julie for your daughters birthday.

    I’m grateful for good friends. 🙂

  5. What a sweet post! Happy birthday to your daughter. She’s lucky to have a mom like you!

  6. No Non-cents Nanna

    Lovely post. I think you should frame it for your daughter to keep.
    I am thankful for my loving family. they support my ideas and accomplishments.It is joy to be with them. Malika Bourne

  7. Beautiful post for a beautiful daughter! Happy Birthday to Em :)!

  8. It is wonderful to be a mother and to see your children grow and find their way in the world. My four are all grown up now (my youngest turned 21 last week) and all but the youngest are raising their own families now. They are great adults but they will always be my children. I am so grateful to have them and my grandchildren, along with my partner and his two children. I just couldn’t imagine my life any differently. I am grateful to have my parents and two sisters in my life and living nearby and that we are, for the most part, all healthy and happy.
    I hope Em had a wonderful birthday. She looks like a terrific young girl. You are obviously very proud of her Julie.

    • When you can’t imagine your life any differently, that’s when you know you’ve “made it.” 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

  9. Julie…kudos on a beautiful tribute to your daughter for her birthday. Now she can treasure these words, not only in her heart, but also on paper…you know what they say about the printed word..if you see it in the news, it must be true! I agree with Malika…maybe you should have it framed.

    I’m grateful for my husband of 44 years, my 3 grown children who are responsible, hard-working, loving people, my three grandchildren who are beautiful and smart (of course) and have heads full of curly hair like their grandma, my health, and my blogging journey which has connected me with awesome people like you!

    • Vivian,

      That is indeed a great deal to be thankful for, and thanks so much for your last comment! It’s amazing how supportive bloggers are of each other isn’t it?

  10. I’m certain she is just as grateful to have you as her mom. 🙂

  11. A beautiful post, for a beautiful girl. Happy Birthday Em!
    I think Em has a lovely Mum to.
    I am truely grateful for my gentle hubby and true friends.

  12. happy birthday to em. what a lovely, sweet, good-hearted girl

  13. She sounds like a wonderful girl, Julie, and so lucky to have you as a mom. This actually made me tear up (I am a weeper, after all), just thinking about the immense, indescribable love I have for my boys. I couldn’t possibly be more grateful for them.

  14. Julie, Your Em sounds like my Maja (who’s 13). Aren’t we lucky Moms? And I’m grateful for that every minute of every day. Beautiful tribute to your growing gal!

  15. What a lovely tribute to your daughter.

  16. Beautiful daughter and blog post. Happy Birthday to her! My daughter Anna is also 9!

  17. This brings tears to my eyes! What I wouldn’t have given to hear my mother utter just one sentence of gratitude. I am so glad you have written this here for Em and know that you tell her these things very often!

    • Joanna, I’m sorry your mother didn’t, but I can tell you in absolute seriousness that I am grateful for you and your friendship. I have no doubt that many others who have come to know you through your lovely blog would express the same.

  18. Very nice post. It is so important to write down the things you love about your children.

    I am grateful for my three children (soon to be 4!). Most grateful that they are healthy.

    • It is important – especially when you get to the not-so-great moments – LOL

      Congratulations on your new addition on the way!

  19. Happy Birthday Em!

    Nice post mom. Your kid is blessed with you, too!

  20. Happy late birthday Em! Julie you are blessed that’s true, but so is she!

    I am thankful for our seven kids and very thankful that my Christopher (one of our sons) is happy and doing well.


  21. What a beautiful post, Julie! You two are so lucky to have each other 🙂 I hope her birthday was a happy one 🙂

  22. Em sounds adorable and perfect, what a lovely family you have Julie. Hope she had a lovely birthday!

    • @Russ @Robyn @Susanna and @Catherine – Thank you for saying she’s lucky to have me too 🙂 Sometimes she needs reminders of that – LOL. But yes, I am very proud of her.

      @Robyn – 7 kids??? You are a saint!

  23. What a wonderful post. I sure hope you print this and save it for her. We all know that adolescent girls sometimes forget how wonderful they are…she can always read it over in the years to come. What a gift!

    • Unfortunately, it’s true that most adolescent girls don’t know how wonderful they are. I hope this and other posts I write about Em will help her when that time comes.

  24. What a beautiful post. It reminds me why we’re all creating the things we are…for our beautiful daughters and sons and kids of the world.

  25. Em definitely sounds like her mama’s daughter! Gorgeous post, Julie. Hope you both enjoyed her birthday big time. 🙂

  26. So beautiful –and so much to be proud of! Happy birthday to Em 🙂

  27. Hi Julie,
    I just gave you the Versatile Blogger Award! You deserve it. 🙂
    I saw you added me to the 12×12 Twitter list…I’ll try to grab the 12×12 button and post it on my blog. 🙂 Thank you so much!

  28. Just like her mama (see #1) 🙂

  29. What an amazing keepsake for what sounds like an amazing gal!

  30. A belated but heartfelt Happy Birthday to Em. Your daughter sounds every bit as wonderful as my Em.

  31. Happy birthday to Em! One of my daughter’s tunred 9 in October and Em sounds a lot like her (except for being a little shy with strangers). 9 is a wonderful age! And Em is so cute! Love her freckles!

  32. What a lovely post!

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