Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Mimi

Mindy Rose!

You were born 10/12/77

just a few minutes after midnight.

You dad kept urging me to 


so that you could be born on

your Uncle Paul's birthday.

I was NOT good at being

told what to do then.
I'm still not very good at it-shhhh.

We weren't much at picture taking back then.

We had a Polaroid camera~

everyone did and

we were no exception.

It 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.

Sometimes she fed you 

Hershey's cocoa right out of the can.

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.

You 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.

It 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~

And, finally, you didn't need to

dress as a bride for Halloween anymore.

No indeedy!

You would dress as a bride 

for your wedding

which was held outdoors.

and your Dad performed

the ceremony.

It was a dream wedding.

And about three years later

along came this little

dream boat.

And when Big BoyE was 2-1/2 

his brother, Charles-In-Charge

 joined him.
And -then this last year you were blessed with

our sweet little

Baby Bright Eyes.
Wish I looked that cute in a

bathing suit!!!

Another blessed year, Mindy.

Happy, Happy Birthday!

I won't be celebrating with you this year,

as you know,

but I will be there in spirit.

Love you to the moon and back!

SEE you soon!;>)
your photo name


boopnut said...

What a wonderful tribute to your daughter! Love how you covered the high points of her life!

Sylvia said...

Great post to your daughter, happy birthday to her!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Ah I am ready to cry here! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BIRTHDAY POST!!!! :)

JoAnne said...

Such a sweet post, Diana. Happy Birthday to your sweet Mindy Rose!

Anonymous said...

that was beautiful and so is she!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

What a lovely post! Happy Birthday to Mindy Rose! She's so pretty! What a special day for both of you!

Susie said...

Diana, I am sending birthday wishes to Mindy. Such a pretty girl. Love her hair. Her children are adorable. Don't you hope the baby has her hair. :) Blessings to all, xoxo,Susie

Debbie said...

What a wonderful, beautiful post, to your lovely daughter, Diana. What memories you have....precious.

J Yale said...

What an absolutely beautiful tribute to your daughter. She is so lucky to have you as a mom! -Jennifer

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Diana what can I say to such an intensely loving tribute to your daughter ... she is lovely and the grand-babies are little gems !
1977 is the year I was married : ) ...

Catherine said...

What a beautiful, beautiful tribute to your daughter. Each and every line filled with love. Happy birthday to your daughter and blessings, Catherine

Gert said...

Diana..Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter Mindy! What an amazing tribute to her. Love those Grandbabies she has blessed you with. Hope things continue to improve for you.


Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Happy Birthday to a lovely daughter...

"Here there be musing" blog

must love junk said...

Diana, this is so sweet!! Happy Birthday to your Mindy :)

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

What a wonderful post...happy birthday! Hugs, Penny

Shirley said...

Happy birthday to your sweet daughter. Today is my daughter's 18th wedding anniversary so they could celebrate her birthday and anniversary together. It is cloudy today, but I am hoping that the sun will shine later. Have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Cozy Little House said...

Happy Birthday from me!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Happy birthday to your daughter!! I can totally see the resemblance in the pic of Bright Eyes and Mindy's baby pic! Such a beautiful family!

J said...

Nearly in tears over this one, my dear! It's beautiful! What a loving tribute to a terrific daughter!

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful post ~ beautiful young lady and of course, the little ones are totally adorable!! You are so very fortunate...and I know you know it. :)


Donna said...

Happy birthday to Mimi! What a beautiful daughter you have!! And the kiddos are just adorable! Hope you are doing ok!!

Chatty Crone said...

What a wonderful tribute to your daughter! Happy birthday! Very sweet and pretty.

cathy@my1929charmer said...

A wonderful blog post about your her hair. What cuties all three are! Baby bright eyes is ADORABLE!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

A beautiful tribute to your Dear Daughter and her precious little ones. Such sweet photos today. Daughters are such special gifts. xo Karen

Kelly said...

So precious the circle of life!!! Happy B-dayBlessings Mindy!

Red Rose Alley said...

Happy Birthday to Mindy, Diana. What a special post to reflect back on some of the years in her life. And that hair, Yes, I'm very familiar with it. She looked so sweet as a bride on Halloween, and I loved the pictures of them sitting on the leaves. It reminds me of one I have with Jess and Nel, and it was in my mom's kitchen until she passed away. It's a favorite of ours. Mindy has three adorable children. I hope she had a birthday doing all the things she loves.


Missy George said...

Happy Birthday Mindy..Such a sweet post Diana..You have such a way with words :)..and I can't tell you enough what a beautiful family you have...Does she still have that curly hair??

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Diana,Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter. You have a full lifetime of precious memories. You are blessed..Happy Sunday..Judy

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a sweet post Diana...Happy Happy Birthday to Mimi!!

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter! You paid her a lovely tribute. She has hair like mine, btw.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Happy birthday to your Mimi!

Debby said...

Happy Birthday Mimi. You had me when you wrote "all of a sudden", I was a mess after that. What a beautiful bride she was. She has the most beautiful children. No birthday celebration with her Mama. I hope that all is well. She picked a great month for a birthday.

Consider It All Joy said...

Happy Birthday Mimi ~ You gave her life and she gave you some beautiful grands :) Blessings and I hope you are feeling well, Cindy

Pam Kessler said...

Ah, such a sweet post. Happy Birthday, Mimi! I want your hair!

Mindy said...

Our third's middle name is Rose, too. After my mom and grandma. Great photos. Lots of memories.

joanne said...

simply beautiful, every word, every picture, every memory. How this happens so fast is beyond me but I am so blessed to have seen mine grow and I know your heart is full as you celebrate your baby girl today. Happy Birthday Mindy.

Teresa said...

Beautiful post! Happy Birthday Mindy (we have the same midlle name). I hope you had a wonderful day with lots of love and fun.

Renee said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter.

Beautiful post.

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

What a precious Birthday post to your daughter... Hope it was a lovely day for her!

Kelley said...

OH! I LOVED THIS! What a be.YOU.tiful gal you have there! A very HaPpY BiRtHdAy to her!

God bless,

Kay G. said...

Beautiful post for your beautiful daughter. God bless her!

Old Time Cindy said...

You have such a lovely daughter and beautiful grandchildren. You are truly blessed!

Judy said...

sending good thoughts your way for a fast and painless recovery!

our girls are almost the same age! i had Shannon on 10/25/76 and she was 3 weeks late....been late ever since!

those grands are a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e! i can't wait to see our new one hopefully by the end of december....don't you love been a Mimi?

Judy said...

and i forgot to say....your daughter is beautiful! please tell her i said happy birthday

Patty Patterson said...

Awwww.... Happy Birthday, MIMI! I love the way you went all the way back to her birth and childhood. And I love that picture of Big Boy E. And yes, Baby Bright Eyes looks adorable in that swimsuit. Such a beautiful post for your beautiful daughter.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Happy Birthday Mindy and May God continue to bless you and your beautiful family.
Hi Diana, wonderful post for your birthday girl.
Hugs xo

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Happy Birthday to your precious Mindy seeing your beautiful family!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Diana, what a beautiful daughter you have. In fact all your children and grands are beautiful. God sure blessed you and your hero. Pleas wish Mimi a very Happy Birthday and may she have many many more. I'm sure she knows you would be there celebrating with her if you could. You can always take a rain check - I love to celebrate for about a week. LOL.
Have a great week.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

what a wonderful way to say happy birthday.