Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday Princess

WOW!  That word is the one description for today.  Hope is 2 years old today.  There were so many people that never thought this day would happen.  There are so many people that have seen so many miracle in 2 years.  This is a day for a huge celebration...although we will have a little one today, another one on Sunday with family and friends.  Today is a day for reflection, but not too much.  I don't want to spend any time at all thinking about Hope's birth or the almost two weeks following.  There is time for that is for thinking of all the awesomeness that is Hope.  She is amazing...she is beautiful...she is full of life!  She is also a typical 2 year old...running and playing...talking like crazy (and only we can understand it)...and throwing tantrums like no one's business.  She is my tantrum thrower like you wouldn't believe.  She can work herself up to the point she throws is gross and so hard to watch.  She stomps her feet (which is actually quite funny), but watch out for the tears...they lead up to the throwing up. 

Now to share an amazing poem from the magnificent Stephanie Husted (I changed it because she has a son, but she expresses my feelings so much more eloquently than I ever could):

Happy 2nd Birthday

Happy birthday Hope
(I can't belive your two!)
Now climb right into mama's lap
I have advice for you.

I think that you will always know
Your special in some way
Someone may see you bear a scar
As your outside at play.

Don't ever be embarrased by
The special heart you claim
Remember you are loved so much
(God calls you by your name)

Don't let this life say "no you can't"
(There's many things to do)
I know you can do anything
That you set your mind to.

Stop...enjoy the little things
(the best things remain free)
Seek your dreams with diligence
And love your family.

Make time to admire God's wonders
And always remember to smile
Laugh sometimes at silly things
Learn how to face a trial.

Believe there is a purpose
For all things that we face
Start each day with hope anew
And learn to fall on grace.

I'm getting a little ahead of myself
(as mommy's tend to do)
I'll strive to teach you all these things
(for now your only two!)

~Stephanie Husted


  1. So exciting! Happy Happy Birthday Hope! You're getting so big and more beautiful by the day. It's only right that you throw a tantrum or two every now and again, it shows everyone how much life you have in you. Umm the throwing up thing though? You may want to re-think that part because I'm not sure future boyfriends would appreciate it. :) I hope you and your family have a wonderful day making all sorts of new fun memories.
    Heart Hugs,
    Lisa and Olivia

  2. Happy Happy Happy Birthday to Hope!
    We are looking forward to seeing you Saturday at the Heart Walk!

    (Happy Hope's Birthday to mom & dad, too!)

  3. Such a beautiful poem.
    HAPPY 2nd Birthday Hope. I can't believe how fast the time is going. So happy to have watched her (well through a computer) flourish into this tiny fiesty little being. Sheis such a special child in my eyes and I hope one day I get to meet you. You are a true blessing. May the Lord above continue to bless her!!!

  4. Awwww Happy 2nd birthday Hope!! :) :) :)