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Today my baby becomes a teenager…


My sweet girl, who likes to think she is the littlest bit sassy (but I don’t agree! ;-)), turns 13 today. I know it sounds cliché, but it really does feel like just yesterday we were bringing our precious little baby home from the hospital. And it feels like tomorrow she will be spreading her wings and flying off to college and whatever her wonderful future holds!

This year, I let her choose her thirteen favorite images of her for her birthday post (and I imagine you might have seem a few of these already; for that I apologize in advance). I love seeing what she selected! So here she is, from then ’til now:













I feel so blessed that of all the babies in the world, we got HER. She is sweet, happy, charming, smart, and beautiful. She has brought a joy to my life that I never would have believed possible. Like when she was a newborn, I still wake up each morning excited to see her; every day with her feels like a gift. I am so very proud to be her mom! I am loving seeing the young woman she is blossoming into, and I feel so lucky that I am the mama that gets to be a part of her life… Happy birthday to my darling baby girl, and I hope this year will be your best one yet!

  • christina - April 30, 2012 - 10:09 am

    aww Jessica I have tears! So sweet and happy birthday E. ♥ReplyCancel

  • Anne - April 30, 2012 - 10:36 am

    *tears* Happy Birthday, Em ! <3ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Kang - April 30, 2012 - 10:40 am

    Happy Birthday E!! I can see why you are so emotional over this HUGE milestone! <3ReplyCancel

  • Alisa - April 30, 2012 - 11:03 am

    We couldn’t have picked a better niece! Happy birthday to Em…and Mama, too! (And it *does* feel like just yesterday we were holding one another’s newborns!)ReplyCancel

  • Patti Ferrera - April 30, 2012 - 11:46 am

    Happy Birthday E!! Many more beautiful journeys await you and your parents! Jessica you made me go get the Kleenex! Blessing to you all!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Anders - April 30, 2012 - 11:48 am

    Happy Birthday Em!!! Hope you have a very special day! I know your mom will make it memorable 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Tracey - April 30, 2012 - 12:43 pm

    Beautiful montage. I adore all of the images she selected and feel so proud to say we’ve known Emily through all of these stages! Happy Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • susan - April 30, 2012 - 6:05 pm

    Jessica, I LOVE this! Happy birthday Em!!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura A - May 8, 2012 - 3:56 pm

    Happy Birthday, Emily!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Lane - May 9, 2012 - 12:04 pm

    Ahh how lovely and fantastic selection of pics! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Linda - May 9, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    Wow! She has changed so much, but at the same time she hasn’t changed at all – hope that makes sense LOL. Happy birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Thompson - May 10, 2012 - 5:35 am

    Oh my goodness! Emily has always looked like Emily! LOL, I hope you know what I mean… some kids change a lot as they grow up, but Em has always been a beautiful girl. What a wonderful commemoration of her birthday, seeing her life in photos like this. You guys are so lucky to have each other. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Cary - May 13, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    Oh how sweet and what a cute idea! 13 seems like a huge deal, my daughter just turned 13 in February and I remember thinking how is it possible? Happy birthday to Emily 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Danie - June 26, 2012 - 7:09 pm

    Wow! You have been a wonderful photographer for a long time! Your daughter sure is blessed to have those memories!ReplyCancel