Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Mindy Rose! (Mimi)

We weren't much at picture taking back then.
We had a Polaroid camera..
everyone did..
we were no exception..
Took quick pictures..
But they were BAD..
And film was expensive
and we were oh-so-poor
when you were tiny.

Your sister, TPot, thought you
were her own personal pet.
And you were so good-natured
that you let her feed you
whenever she felt like it.
You were her best audience..
Always a step behind her
because you were only
a year younger.

If she sat in the leaves
you sat in the leaves~
You loved your birthday parties
at Happy Joe's Pizza Place
and rode the carousel whether
it was turning or not..
and would stay on
until we pried your fingers
from the horse.
And Oh! How you loved
being a bride.
I lost count of how many Halloweens
that you dressed as a bride.
YOU were always a bride
and your brother was ALWAYS
a rabbit.
And, then, one day I turned around
and you were a young woman.
A young woman with a passion for singing
and a passion for the Lord.
You made a missions trip to China..
and saw a different side of life..
You came home
older and wiser.

You were beautiful dressed for
 your high school prom..
where you wore a dress
that looked a lot like
a bridal gown..
and gave us a hint
of how beautiful you would be
as a real bride someday.
And your hair...Oh! Your hair..
Complete strangers would come up to
you and ask you where you got
your perm..
Your answer was always the same.
~From God~
When you were real little
you would toss those curls and say,
in your sweet, sing-songy little voice,
There are two kinds of people in the
world...those that have curly red hair..
and those that wish they did.

One time when you were about five
you told someone who
asked you where you got that red hair,

"I was running through Hell and my hair caught fire!"

We were mortified..and of course..
made the mistake of scolding you..
so that became your
Trademark Statement.

"I was running through Hell and my hair caught fire!"

You were our naughty mouth..
our door slammer...
our wall kicker..
but you also gave us the
least amount of trouble
as a teenager.
You were SUCH a good girl..
The girl that all the Aunts & Uncles loved.
You graduated high school..
The years moved us along...
Your older brother got married
and gave you a niece..
who shares the same middle name...

 You ran the company business with your Dad
and bought him out..
and day..
a man from the
Florida Keys
came along and swept you off your feet.
And, finally, you didn't need to
dress as a bride for Halloween anymore..
No indeedy..
You could dress as a bride for your wedding..
which was held outdoors..
and your Dad married you..
It was a dream wedding..
And about three years later
along came this little
dream boat.
Soon to be joined by..
Name Unknown
Next year's birthday will find you
a Mom to two!

Happy, Happy Birthday
A wonderful wife,
A wonderful mother,
but most especially,
A wonderful daughter.

We love you-

ps.  the check is in the mail...Bwhahahaha
your photo name


Tete said...

Happy Birthday to Mimi! What a beautiful tale. She shares a birthday with my cousin, who is the same age as me. She also had her only daughter, by C-section, on this date, too.
What a fun day for birthdays!

LDH said...

Happy birthday to a very lovely lady, Mindy Rose! Sweet, sweet post :)

Gina said...

Happy Birthday Mimi!

What a sweet post from an incredible Mom!

And by the way, I am in the latter category. I have longed for red hair since I was a kid!

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh so beautiful Diana! What a lovely heritage you have in your children. Mimi is so blessed to have you as her Mom! Happy, happy birthday to Mimi and what a gift you have given her through your words Diana!


Debby said...

What a beautiful post. Your daughter is beautiful. So sweet about always wanting to be a bride.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Happy Birthday Mimi! What sweet photos! And guess what Diana? Today is my daughter Megan's birthday too!

Patty said...

Awwww..... how sweet! Happy Birthday Mimi!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Mimi with the red hair. What a beautiful head of hair. I love how curly it is, wish I had that. Diana, don't look at those pictures too long, you'll weep. Smiles to you , Susie

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Yes,you are an incredible mom! Happy birthday to your daughter Diana!
Loved it when you said the check is in the mail:)

Jettie said...

Happy Birthday!
And Beautiful Hair, beautiful Bride, beautiful little boy....

And by the way, I've been known, when asked what color I use on my hair, to tell them to call

Monica said...

many thanks for your sweet words. They brought a smile to my face!
What a wonderful tale with beautiful pictures from the past. Thanks for sharing with us!
Monica x

Daniella said...

How proud you must be! What a treasure your daughter sounds like!!
And she is my kind of gal!! I would TOTALLY say "I ran through hell and my hair caught fire!"
You are so blessed!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Happy birthday to Mindy Rose. What a beautiful birthday greeting from your sweet mama.


My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

Very sweet timeline, Diana, so personal!

Happy birthday mama Mindy.



Pamela said...

What a lovely post Diana!!
Happy happy birthday to your beautiful daughter!
Pamela xoxo
All the best too on the baby!!

Gypsy Heart said...

Such a beautiful post my friend! I love all the photos too. Yes, a very gorgeous redhead for sure! Thanks for sharing these special moments with us.


camp and cottage living said...

This post is full of sweet, loving memories.
Happy Birthday Mindy Rose. Your hair is to die for-beautiful!

Rebecca said...


OK...I'm a ball of tears here. I am! :( :( :(

Your daughter is just gorgeous my friend. Are daughter's amazing people? We are truly blessed! Isn't God GREAT?

Happy Birthday to your girl... I can feel your love for her.

Love, Rebecca PS: I might just run through hell to get that hair! :)

Annesphamily said...

Beautiful birthday post! HB to your daughter! What a darling!

Laura said...

Diana, what a gorgeous tribute to your lovely mimi! Love the name mimi!! and when i was little, i loved the name mindy (from mork and mindy!!!) Do wish her a very happy birthday from me and my family all the way from australia!!!

Donna said...

Happy Belated birthday to Mimi! Great photos and stories, as always! Love the running thru Hell bit! I wonder where she got her spunk from????????????