I have nothing prophetic to say. Not one thing. I was just looking through some old pictures this evening, and watching video footage that I took of Annie when she was little.

Every parent thinks their child is sooooo cute, and I guess I’m no exception.

I can’t believe the little girl that my baby is growing into. Have any of you been reading this blog since she was this little?







We had some difficult years in the beginning. I thought for sure I was going to have my hands full with this little one…can you tell by that last picture?!!

But I don’t. Instead I have this beautiful little girl, inside and out, who repeats with me every morning before she goes to school “I am smart, I am kind.” A child who doesn’t want to give her tooth to the tooth fairy because she wants to keep it (PIC thinks this is very odd). Annie is Annie. She’s an only child true and through, an empathetic little girl who loves to go on adventures, loves to travel, and is so extremely easy going.

I’m so lucky. In so many ways.

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  1. Loved the pics!! There is only one Annie! And she is smart and she is kind. Sounds like kindergarten is going good!!!?? Enjoy every minute; kids grow up sooooo fast!

  2. Yes I have been reading your blog since Annie was about 1, I think. And I love to see your stories about her and her growing up, I look at Makenzie inthe same way, as you know she is an only child as well. We are very lucky to have these little ones in our lives.

  3. Annie is so adorable. That face! So full of expression. I love that she/you repeat “I am smart. I am kind”… it’s the little things that can greatly impact a child’s life. And you and Troy are certainly raising one amazing girl!

  4. My only child (a girl), “negotiated” with the tooth fairy to keep her first lost tooth as well. And then continued to leave notes under her pillow for the tooth fairy, with questions like, “Where do you live, what does your house look like, how far can you fly in one night, how did you know I’d lost a tooth, and are you friends with Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny?” Love how only children sort of make up their own script to childhood rituals.

  5. AH, nostalgia! Kind of like I felt this weekend with Emily – on her 28th birthday – our “babies” become wonderful adults, and even though they are all grown up, we love them as fiercely as we did when they were little. Annie is a darling!!!

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