Friday, February 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Molly- Top 14 reasons why I love you

Happy Birthday Molly Elizabeth, my first born, my guinea pig, my lovely lady. Sometimes I wonder if I teach you as much as you teach me. I feel extremely blessed to have been granted the care and raising of such a choice, strong young woman. 14 years have flown by, I can hardly believe that 14 years ago I became a mom, the one job I always wanted. Thank you my sweet Molly for being, well, YOU!

14 Reasons Why I Love You SO Much!

1. You have the sweetest smile in the world. I can be in the foulest of moods, but as soon as you smile, my Molly brings sunlight to my day.

2. Santa's little helper, mommy's little helper, Mrs. Bennet's little helper..... I could go on and on. No one has to ask you to help, you just offer. Whether it's for help at ballet, school, home, you jump in and help.

3. A stubborn streak to rival yo mommas! What was Heavenly Father thinking putting to extremely determined people in the same house, oh help us. The great thing about being stubborn is that once you are determined nothing stands in your way.

4. Passion! I adore the passion and love you have for ballet. I think I pop at least 3 buttons every recital, I should take stock in the button industry. You have a grace and confidence that every 14 year old should have.

5. Just like your Daddy you never met a man you didn't like. I honestly can say, cross my heart, hope to die, that I NEVER hear a negative or unkind word about any of your friends, semi-friends, heck, any person you know. (Secretly this drives me insane!)

6. Grace under fire and the ability to bounce back are qualities that every person strives for, at 14 you're doing a pretty good job at mastering both. When you injured your knee I was proud at your desire to jump right back into the game.

7. You have a tender heart Molly. When a kiss is needed you give it, when a knee is bleeding you mend it. I will never forget the kindergarten field trip that you brought band aids to just in case one of your classmates got a boo boo. And what happened? Someone scraped their knee and you literally went running to them with a band aid in hand.

8. Music soothes your soul, plus you do have a pretty good sense of what's rockin'! I can jam to any of the music on your ipod, especially Rascal Flats, Twilight, and shhh, the Jonas Brothers.

9. I love your sweet little dimple, just one, not two. You could win any cutie pie contest with that one little dimple on your cheek.

10. You have a softness about you even perfect strangers notice. When Emma was born my OB, after meeting you in the delivery room, struck up a 1/2 hour conversation about the inner glow she noticed in my oldest baby. There is a light shining in you no one can deny.

11. I love that you have no qualms stating the fact that changing a diaper is gross and disgusting, you tells it like it is girlie! Yuck, ewww, gross, no-way, let Katie do it, all phrases that have been uttered from your mouth. BUT, you still do it. And yes Molly, changing diapers is gross, disgusting, yuck, ewww, and Katie can do it whenever she wants too.

12. You've never had a problem holding your own with Ben. Bitefest USA, as Daddy called it, was not an event because you were a meek and mild child with your crazy little brother. You would stand stubbornly strong, quality #3 in full force, when Ben would do his boy thang!

13. I've always seen your inner mommy, a desire to nurture, cuddle, and care for people. You and Ben are 16 months apart, not that far, especially when you were just a little tyke. One day I was making dinner and the baby was crying in the bouncer for just a little attention. What did mother Molly do? You lifted that baby out(as I watched with caution) and cradled and rocked the baby to calm them down. Diapers eww, cuddle aww!

14. I knew the moment you were born that Daddy's genes ran strong with you. As the years have gone by you don't necessarily look like him as much anymore, but his personality traits are your personality traits. Take pride in being just like your dad, I know he did.
Happy 14th Birthday Molly!


sandy said...

Happy Birthday Molly! My son turned 14 this week too! It went by so fast!

theresa said...

That was awesome, Becky!!! I love it when Molly pops her head over the edge of the desk to say "hi" and smiles that beautiful smile of hers. :) Another quality to love about Molly is her no-holds-barred defense of her siblings. I love it! One time, Ann and I were speaking in hushed tones about a child at the studio who had been naughty, who happens to share a name with one of your children. She got a really angry look on her face and said, "My sister did NOT do that!" We told her she was right and she calmed right down. NOBODY talks smack about HER sister!!! She is a great kid. You should bust buttons!!!

Jennifer said...

Becky- She is so beautiful!

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday Molly. A very fitting tribute to a special daughter with a special purpose. Good job mom.

Anonymous said...

Happy Bday! I had no clue she was only 14, she looks so much older in all of those pictures. I was trying to figure out what age you were when you had her b/c I thought she was like 18 or something LOL, she is beautiful!

Sally said...

How sweet. That is one amazing girl you have. And beautiful too!

Julie said...

Judging from pictures...your daughter looks a lot like you.

Bobbi Jo said...

Becky please tell Molly Happy Belated Birthday from me. She has such a great smile just like you. She is beautiful! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Jeanette said...

We love our Molly too! Becky, thanks for sharing such wonderful tributes with us! :) Love you Molly!! and Happy Late Birthday! Sister Work!

Marrdy said...

Happy birthday Molly. 14 is a great age for a child. I have a sweetie pie (boy) of my own.

Bobbi Jo said...

If you go to my 2/26 post you have been given an award.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Katrina said...

I'm a little late, but I love these birthday tributes you do. Amazing kids, amazing husband, amazing YOU!

Katrina said...

What chocolatey goodness are you making today? Just wonderin.

Becky said...

I had to add a comment to make it 14 fabulous comments for my fabulous 14 year old. Love you Molly.

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