Monday, October 4, 2010


Blogger wanted this picture first, so I am not going to argue. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my beautiful Lauren! Your birth was a joyous occasion for me and your wedding was an equally joyous event too!! You were a radiant bride and I loved every minute of your special day. As I saw you walk down that isle in the church, I remembered so vividly the joy I had on the day you were born. I was one happy Mama that day!!!! You were so tiny and sweet with that head full of dark hair and those pretty blue eyes. You melted my heart the first time I saw you!
Twenty-seven years ago today I became a Mom and my precious Lauren was born!!! I had always dreamed of becoming a Mom and my dream came true with the birth of my first born child. I was so happy!!!! Lauren has been (and still is) the JOY of my life!
Happy Birthday, Lauren! I love you and you have made me very proud. I am so happy to be your Mom! We have had some great times together and I look forward to many more wonderful times together in the future!

Lauren is a very smart young woman and she will go far in this world. She has a Master's degree in accounting and works for a large accounting firm here in NC. Lauren has ALWAYS been very independent and strong-willed, so it was quite a challenge raising her. She never gave us a bit of trouble, but she was just so headstrong and she usually knew more about things than I did. Lauren's mind is like a sponge and she remembers everything that she reads. One hint... don't try to argue with her, because you will never win!

To tell you how independent she was, she taught herself how to ride a bike. We came home from the mountains one Sunday and on the way home, she asked me if Tom could take off her training wheels when she got home. She immediately rode the bike, just like she had done it all her life. She taught herself to tie her shoes too, and would not let me help her at all. I guess she just watched other people. Then instead of letting me potty train her, she just got up one day and told me she was ready to wear "big girl" pants and she wore them from then on! She also walked at 9 months old! Lauren was a very determined little girl and still is to this day, which a wonderful trait. It will suit her well in life!!! Love you sweet girl!!!

Lauren was always very grown up and she was way beyond her years in everything she did. She kept me on my toes, but I would not have had it any other way. Lauren is a delightful young woman with a big heart and a love for life. She puts 100% into everything she does and she always does her best.

I could not have made it through my cancer experience without her. She helped keep me strong and she was my encourager. Lauren kept friends and family updated on my progress via the Internet.

Here are my two beautiful daughters with my Mom. Please remember Mom as she has her eye surgery today on Lauren's birthday! I pray that her surgery goes well.

Lauren and Adelaide are the joys of my life. Being a Mom was the highlight of my life and I loved staying at home with my girls when they were young. I have so many wonderful memories of times spent with my girls.
As they have grown up, I now am their friend as much as I am their Mom. We love doing fun things together..... going shopping for Lilly, getting manicures and pedicures, going to Barnes and Noble, traveling together, going out to eat, laughing and talking, etc.
As I'm sure you all have figured out by now, I am head over heals in love with both of my girls and I would do anything for them. I treasure all the time I have with them.

Lauren, I hope you have a wonderful day, despite the fact that you have to work today. I know Thomas will have something fun planned for you tonight. I'm sorry I can't be with you today, but you will receive your second birthday surprise in the mail today. I'm glad you enjoyed your first surprise I sent the other day. You know how much I always love celebrating birthdays. We will just have to have a belated celebration with cake and ice cream when we are all together later in October.

Enjoy your special day and know that I love you very much!!!!

Love & blessings,


  1. Happy Birthday to Lauren! She sounds like a wonderful young lady. Praying your mom's surgery goes well.

  2. What a special Birthday tribute to Lauren. Adelaide is beautiful also. Your Mom is in my prayers that she will have a safe and successful surgery today.

  3. Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter! Such a sweet post and you are lucky to have each other. Hope her day is special!

  4. Happy Birthday to her. Will pray for your mom and the drs. who care for her.

  5. So very sweet! Happy Birthday Lauren! Best wishes to your Mom today as well.

  6. Happy Birthday Lauren! Keeping your sweet Mom in my thoughts today.

  7. This is a great tribute to your daughter! And what a beautiful smile she has. :)

    Praying for your mom today.

  8. Happy Birthday to your Lauren! She is beautiful! (Both of your girls are!!!) Don't you Hate not being with them on their birthdays? I do too!

    Pray your mom does well today!!

  9. Melinda, you have two beautiful daughters! Happy Birthday to Lauren!! I hope she has a wonderful day! Prayers and hugs for your Mom on her surgery today!

  10. Happy Birthday to Lauren. Such a sweet post!! xoxo

  11. Happy Birthday Lauren! She sound like a wonderful young woman. Prays for your mom today.

  12. Happy Birthday to Lauren - I hope that she had a wonderful day! Such great pictures...especially that wedding family photo! I know what blogger wanted it first:) All of you look beautiful (all of ladies..ha!)

    How was your mom's surgery? I will pray for her this evening. Enjoy the rest of your week. Hugs, Jennifer

  13. What a blessing to have such beautiful daughters. I know they feel blessed to have such a beautiful mom. Hope that things are good with your mom.

  14. What a sweet post! Happy Birthday to your sweet and beautiful girl!

    I hope your Mom's surgery went well.


  15. Your joy certainly does come through your words. A beautiful tribute to your daughter. I have a feeling you missed my comment letting you know that you have won my Scaredy Cat! You can e-mail me your address at (please delete)and I will post your package right away. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us! Elizabeth

  16. You have such beautiful daughters, and they are blessed by such a wonderful mother. We sent Lauren Birthday wishes, but have to tell you how much we enjoy knowing her, she is a bright spot in our lives, just a remarkable young lady.

    We send belated Anniversary congratulations, as well as prayers and a hug for your mother's surgery.


  17. What a beautiful post! I admit that I read most of it with tears in my eyes. My own daughter is planning to get married soon and leave "the nest" Part of me is ready, part of me can't let go.

    Hoping your mom's surgery went well and that she's in good spirits.
    Patricia :o)

  18. I hope Lauren had a very happy birthday! She is a beautful young woman and she sounds very accomplished.

    It was our wedding anniversary yesterday so 10/5 also has special meaning to me! :)

    I hope your Mom's surgery went well...saying a prayer for her right now!

    Hugs, Pat

  19. What a sweet, sweet post! Sounds like an awesome young woman!Happy Birthday to her!
    Carol in GA

  20. What a beautiful post and tribute to Lauren on her birthday. Your daughters are both beautiful. My granddaughter's birthday is the same day. She was 16. Oct fifth is a very special day. Smile.

    I hope your mom's surgery went well.

    I am looking forward to meeting you at Penny's blog party on the 16th.
    Hugs, Jeanne