Monday, October 12, 2015


Mindy Rose!

My wild Irish Rose.

Oh!  How my dad would 

have loved you.

You look so much like

his side of the family.

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 when

you were in high school-

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.

Your Dad performed

the ceremony and.

it was a dream wedding

to a man that loves you.

Three years later you had BigBoyE

And when Big BoyE was 2-1/2 

his brother, Charles-In-Charge

joined him.

And -then you were blessed with

our sweet little

Baby Bright Eyes.

Now you have moved 

to another state-but close

enough where we can get

there in a day's travel.

Happy, Happy Birthday

Mindy Rose!

I won't be celebrating with you this year,

as you know,

but I will be there in spirit.

I will celebrate with you just a 

few days late this year.

Love you to the moon and back!

SEE you soon!;>)

your photo name


Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

ah what a sweet birthday post :) Loved all the pics of your beautiful girl :)

Bethany Carson said...

Such a wonderful post! Love seeing all the photos of your daughter throughout the years! Her hair is awesome--and it's pretty neat how she wore the same style of vail both in the Halloween picture and on her wedding day; she's beautiful.

Laurie said...

Oh Diana, Mindy Rose is beautiful and I love her sounds Irish. I've always thought that Bright Eyes looks like you and now I see why. Mindy Rose looks like you, too. Happy Birthday to Mindy Rose! Hope you get to see her soon.

Susie said...

Diana, I can see you in your daughter's face...she may have gotten her red hair from others' in your family...She's a pretty girl. She sure has some beautiful babies too. I wish Mindy a Happy Birthday. Blessings to all of you, xoxo,Susie

Ron said...

What a great post. Happy Day, Mindy Rose. Cheers!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

This post is the best present you could give your daughter. I am sure she will treasure it.

Pom Pom said...

Aw, what a good girl she is! I love her hair, too! Happiest of birthdays to Mindy Rose! We have Roses, too.

Kathy said...

Happy birthday, Mindy Rose! What a sweet tribute to your daughter. As I read this, it reminded me of my sister, Elaine. She has the same personality and was always following what I (the older sister) was doing. You are blessed indeed to have her for your daughter.

Debby said...

Such a beautiful post to a beautiful daughter that has the cutest ever little ones.

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

Happy happy birthday to your sweet daughter. Love her hair. I have always said my curls came from God too. :)
xo Laura

Patty Patterson said...

Awwww..... Happy Birthday to MiMi! She is precious! Aren't daughters a wonderful blessing? I just know she means the world to you.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I loved this post about your beautiful Mindy! All these treasured pics are such a wonderful thing to have. I still print out my pics and put them into a photo album. There's nothing like flipping through old family albums. :) Happy Happy Birthday to sweet Mindy Rose! xoxo

Linda said...

Congrats on your sweet daughters birthday! Linda@Wetcreek Blog

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful post Diana!! Happy Happy Birthday to Mindy Rose!

Michelle James said...

What a beautiful post to your daughter! Love the pictures of your adorable grandbabies as well! Happy Birthday to your daughter!

Tamara said...

Your daughter is so beautiful... what a treasure our children are. They bring such joy to our lives and then come grandchildren... and the joy doubles! When they move away they certainly take part of your hearts with them.So happy that you'll be able to go spend time and celebrate. Your pictures and memories were wonderful. Wishing a Happy birthday and blessings for the coming year to your Mindy!


Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Diana you truly put together a beautiful Birthday message for your daughter. Your pride and love is felt in every sweetly chosen word.
Happy Birthday Mindy.

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a beautiful birthday message to sweet Mindy with those flaming beautiful locks and Mama to those gorgeous kids !
I didn't know she sang - share an audio !!!

Chatty Crone said...

Happy birthday to Mindy Rose - she is beautiful - I just love her hair - is your hair like that? What a nice tribute to her and a good story with all the photos.

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter...

camp and cottage living said...

Happy Birthday to beautiful Mimi. I'd say Mimi does indeed look like and Irish Rose straight from Ireland!
Was your Father's family Irish? They must have been...
Beautiful daughter, inside and out, it sounds like. You are blessed, Diana!

cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

Happy Birthday to Mindy Rose :)

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

SUCH a loving post!!! Happy Birthday to Mindy Rose!

cynthia lee designs said...

What a beautiful post to your daughter!! Happy Birthday to Mindy Rose.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Life goes by in a minute. Enjoyed seeing the high points of your lovely daughter's life.

Vee said...

A loving tribute for a beautiful daughter! Hope that her birthday was happy and blessed.

Nonnie said...

Your daughter and her children are gorgeous. I suspect she might also favor you, too. (My DH made chocolate milk for the grandkids this weekend and used cocoa. You should have seen their faces!)

Merlesworld said...

I hope you have a wonderful birthday Mindy Rose.

Gypsy Heart said...

Happy Birthday to a beautiful red head! If I had ever changed the color of my hair, it would have been to red....a deep auburn red. :)

When my kids were little, we lived in another part of Texas. My daughter had very blonde hair and huge blue eyes ~ quite different from me, her Dad and her brother. When people would ask her where she got the blonde hair & blue eyes, she said "Dillard's!" We never knew where she got that response or how she decided to use it. :) Such treasures from the mouth of babes....


Adam said...

Happy Birthday to her

Terri Steffes said...

What a gorgeous girl! Happy birthday!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter. Loved all the pics. xo

Missy George said...

What a gorgeous family! Sweet post. Happy birthday Mindy . I see you in all of them...

tammy j said...

oh my gosh nana d.
i have the SLOWEST email delivery on the PLANET.
and thanks to your 'error' reply... LOL... i had an inkling about this post before i FINALLY saw the notice of it!
i LOVE her name.
and her story.
and she looks just like her mama.
and she sings like an angel. (thanks to the info in the other email! :) )
happy birthday darling mindy rose!
and now i know who created those GORGEOUS little irish/scottish looking lads and lass! xoxo♥

Amy said...

Awe...what a great Birthday tribute to your daughter! What a sweet and precious mom you are! She does indeed look a lot like her mama.
Enjoy your week Diana!
Hugs, Amy

Amy said...

Awe...what a great Birthday tribute to your daughter! What a sweet and precious mom you are! She does indeed look a lot like her mama.
Enjoy your week Diana!
Hugs, Amy

Lynne Bartels said...

Oh, you made me cry! What beautilful grandchildren you have. I only have one. Happy Birthday hug to your daughter.

Lynne Bartels said...

Oh, you made me cry! What beautilful grandchildren you have. I only have one. Happy Birthday hug to your daughter.

Ana said...

Oh Diana,
What a sweet birthday post for your beautiful daughter made me tear up. So very sweet. A very Happy Birthday to her.


LV said...

What a wonderful tribute to your daughter. Nice of you to share something so personal and precious. I can see where Bright Eyes gets her smile and looks.The boys are adorable and will break someones heart down the road. I wish had been blessed with natural curly hair, but just straight without a perm.

Cecilia Bramhall said...

That was sweet and I enjoyed reading about your daughter. She has the cutest children. They are adorable. Happy birthday to Mindy!

Red Rose Alley said...

aahh, I love that name, Mindy Rose. Happy Birthday to your dear daughter, Diana. What a nice birthday post you made for her. I really liked the picture of her dressing up as a bride and her riding the carousel. My kids used to love the carousel too. I can totally relate to the curly hair. I hope her day was filled with so much joy.

ps I can just kiss those boys' cheeks hahaha. There's just something about a mother and her sons.

love, ~Sheri

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

What a beautiful birthday tribute for a beautiful daughter! Happy Birthday to her! Hugs, Leena

living from glory to glory said...

Love the hair and to think of the sweet grandchildren you have been blessed with! I know how sad it is to be away from our children during birthdays and holidays. This was a very nice tribute to her!
Hugs, Roxy

Donna said...

Happy Birthday to Mimi! Love all of the pics. I do believe her kiddos look alot like she did when she was a baby:)

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Mindy Rose is stunning and with that beautiful red hair - such a beautiful Irish Rose she is. Happy Birthday to Mindy Rose and many many more.
She sure has had stunning children. So glad that you will be visiting her soon. Have a great trip.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Diana, that is the sweetest post. Mindy Rose is beautiful...Happy birthday to Mindy Rose. You just have to plan trips to see them all. xo

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Diana, your daughter is lovely! Happy Birthday, Mindy Rose! I know you know your Mama loves you! ♥

Art @ Home said...

Happy Birthday, Mindy Rose! She does have the prettiest hair. And what adorable little children. You are blessed, my friend!

Carla from The River said...

This is so special. I am just smiling and can feel the love you have for your family. So very special. xx oo
Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl, Mindy Rose. xx oo xx oo

Hibiscus House said...

Oh how sweet! What a beautiful family you have! Happy Birthday Mindy Rose!

Wild Oak Designs said...

How totally adorable!! Love the pictures and how sweet the girls were...and how darling the grandkids are! Thank you for sharing...

Karen L. Bates said...

Sweet hearing how special they all are to you.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

What a beautiful daughter you have and a wonderful birthday message. Her hair is fabulous. Has she always worn it long? -Jenn

Lucille said...

Hi Diana! A lovely tribute to your daughter who is extremely blessed to have had you for a Mom! And you were also extremely blessed to have had such a good daughter!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Mindy Rose is a beautiful name....I love it! Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter...hugs..

Rose L said...

Dang it, you brought tears to my eyes.

Lorrie said...

A perfectly lovely birthday post for a beautiful daughter. What a great recap of her life thus far. Happiest of birthdays to Mindy Rose.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Aren't daughters just the best things in life? She truly is a beautiful Irish rose, and look at those sweet grands she has blessed you with! A lovely birthday tribute to your dear daughter, Diana! I wish her a special day! xo Karen

Cheryl @ TFD said...

What a lovely and wonderful tribute to your beautiful daughter! Happy Birthday to Mindy Rose!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a beautiful post! What a beautiful daughter and grandchildren! You are truly blessed.

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Ohh, what a beautiful tribute to your sweet daughter Diana! Isn't it amazing how fast the years pass... when you look back at pictures, it is just amazing to see how the moments flew by. I know you must be so sad to not be there with her this year for her birthday! Much love to you my friend :)

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

You sure know how to choke a girl up - I'm all teary reading this beautiful mother-to-daughter tribute! Happy Birthday to Mindy Rose!

Dewena said...

Diana, dear, my heart is full of happiness reading this birthday greeting from a loving mother to a wonderful daughter. It's a true labor of love although I bet the words flowed straight from your heart to your fingers to compose it. I know your girl will treasure it.