A morning to remember

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Added: Kate's clippie is form here.

Dear Kate,

I want to remember this day forever. It started off so simple. A bag of stale hoagie rolls prompted me to take you to the park to feed the ducks.  It was a perfect Spring day...blue skies, gorgeous sunshine and a breeze that was a little crisp.  We sat in the sunshine feeding the ducks.  You were so excited when they ate your bread.  I loved watching the joy on your face. A bride was being photographed at the park.  When you saw her, you said she was a princess:)


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Then, we strolled over to the garden center and walked around smelling the roses. There were roses of every color and we soaked up all the beauty around us.  You decided that instead of the snack I packed, you wanted to munch on the stale duck bread:)



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While we were in the rose garden, you spied the train. Immediately, you asked for a ride. It was nearing lunch and nap time so Mom told you that maybe the choo choo had to go eat lunch and take its nap. Your quick response was that "the choo choo isn't hungry."  So, we hunted down the train station and rode the train through the park.  This was my favorite part of the day.  You snuggled up to me and held both of my hands for the whole 20 minute ride.  I looked down at our entwined hands and wanted to imprint that image in my mind forever.  I know that no matter how badly I want to hold on to that memory... it may fade.  I have ridden that train dozens of times with Will and Harry and I know the memories all blur into one another over the years.  That is why I am writing this down.  I know that life is all about these special little moments.  And today was full of them with you.

When the train went over some water, you jumped into my lap and squeezed my neck.  You told me you were scared.  I whispered in your ear that I will always be there to keep you safe.  And I mean it.  



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On the way home, you asked for "chicka fila."  We do not really eat fast food (boys allergies) but you have had chic-fil-a a few times and you love it.  So, Mommy indulged you on this perfect Spring Day.  Kate, you warm my heart and I am so glad we had this sweet and special morning. 

I love you as high as the sky and as deep as the ocean,

Mommy.

P.S.  This is not my adoption anniversary letter to Kate.  I have a lot going on this week (some of our best friends are visiting from out of the country, hosting book club at my house, baseball, etc).  So, I have not had a chance to post that and go through the photos.  Sorry. I am also sorry that I have not had time to check in on many blogs.  Life has just gotten too busy.  I will check in with y'all soon. I wanted to write and post this before the warm memories of today fade into the daily grind.

I hope I remember it forever.

63 comments:

  1. Way to stop and smell the roses with your precious Kate.
    What sweet memories to hold on too,
    thanks for shairng.

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  2. Sooooo beautiful Kim. I was missing your posts

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  3. What a special mommy/daughter day!

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  4. What a special day! Kate looks like she had a great time! I love those days when you stop and "smell the roses" and take everything in. Our family tries to make a point to enjoy the little things in life. The pictures are incredible, so clear.

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  5. What a perfect day and a perfect way to remember it!


    Oh how I understand how busy life is, it is the same way here.

    Off to get something else done!!

    Blessings,
    Robin

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  6. Oh thank you for blessing us with your sweet story today. What a great reminder to "stop and smell the roses" every now and then!

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  7. What a sweet post for Kate. It looks like you two shared the perfect spring day! Enjoy the rest of your busy week!

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  8. What a sweet post!! You're so right -- it is important to remember (and write about) the fun and sweet times we spend with our children. Memories do fade, but your letter and beautiful photos will always be there! Have a great week and Easter!

    Janet

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  9. This is so beautiful. I am glad you put this down to remember. You will cherish this always!

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  10. I love your day with Kate. You love her so much and it just touches my heart to hear you talk about her.
    I LOVE her outfit, that hair barett is priceless! You have a wonderful grace and style about you that shines. Thank you for being my friend. It is such a pleasure to know you in this cyber world. Sophia and Kate do share something in the eyes and in the shape of their faces. I think our girls are stunning. I can't wait until Sophia has some hair :)

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  11. What a beautiful memory that you will have with your daughter forever!

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  12. Mondo fabulous shots Kim!!! Such a sweet letter!! God Bless and happy Easter!!!

    PS and happy family day! So precious!

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  13. What a precious post to a precious girl! What a wonderful way to preserve this memory for both of you.

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  14. I just started following your blog and wanted to say "hi!" Kate is adorable. We brought our daughter home from China last May.

    I also wanted to say how much I enjoyed this post. It is a reminder of how quickly our kids grow up and how we need to stop and treasure every moment.

    Feel free to stop by my blog anytime.

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  15. Precious memories you are making with your little angel! This is what life is all about :) Gorgeous photos, btw!

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  16. That post made me cry. Beautiful.

    p.s. her cute little outfit looks like my new blog! Love the hair clip.

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  17. So sweet! I am glad ya'll had such a great day! And I'm dying to know were you got the clip in Kate's hair. 'Chickila' is Landree's favorite too :)

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  18. I am so glad that you wrote this letter and that you allowed us to share it with you! This is such a beautiful tribute to Kate from a Mother to her only Daughter!

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  19. I will always remember the first time I saw a Bride at my aunts wedding, I thought she was a princess and started planning my wedding that day for when I found a prince of my own and I was four, Such a special memory for a little girl I know you will both always remember!

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  20. BEAUTIFUL photos and BEAUTIFUL letter..
    Love your post.. sounds like an amazing day..
    LOVE Kate's outfit and her clippie is sooooo cute..
    Please tell where you got it..
    Hugs..

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  21. What a special day for you and Kate....and how sweet that you documented it for her to come back and read one day!!

    Have a wonderful week...sounds like a busy one...and just in case I don't make it back here this week...Have a Happy Easter!

    Lisa

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  22. What a sweet post. I so wish we could hold on to those memories forever... the feeling of our daughter's tiny hands in our own, the sound of their voice, their sweet choice of words, yet they do fade. Great post trying to capture a piece of these memories forever.

    Happy Family Day!

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  23. What a sweet and beautiful post! You have made a precious forever memory with Kate. So glad that she is feeling better!

    Dawn

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  24. Kim,
    What a wonderful day together adn I think its great that you wrote it down to remember. There are so many days like that that end up just passing us by and getting lost. How wonderful to preserve the memory.

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  25. What a beautiful post, it warms my heart just to read. As always, I adore all of Kate's outfits and love, love, love her hair barrette. Please let me know where I can order one for my niece :D.

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  26. So glad you had a WONDERFUL day!!! The picture of her smelling the rose, makes me think of the comment "stop and smell the roses". We get so caught up in the insignifcant things in life that we forget that childlike carefree world with no worries. Glad that you were able to smell the roses today!!! May the fragrance of today linger for many months to come!!!!

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  27. I love the part about looking at your hands. I do that a lot with my boys and take pictures of their feet-I hate that the memories will all blur even though I try hard to keep them clear!!

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  28. I can't even type with the tears running down my cheeks. This was beautiful...just beautiful.

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  29. These are the days that make the sweetest memories!! I love that our lives can be so simple & sweet! And I LOVe that you treated your daughter to Chicka Fila :)

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  30. Kim,

    I love these kind of moments best of all!

    xxMy Kids'Mom

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  31. Beautiful post for an even more beautiful day! Have a good week :) Glad Kate is feeling better!


    Jen

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  32. What a beautiful memory!! I hope this helps you remember it forever!

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  33. So sweet! I love days like those too. PS Your invited tomy open house:)

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  34. What a lovely day! Cannot wait until we get some warm weather here so we can go to the park, too.

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  35. What a precious spring day! Terri

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  36. Perfect day for a perfect pair. Book club turned out great. Thanks for asking. I am going to post in a few days with the recap. All three kids are home from school so you can imagine....chick fil a is my all time favorite!

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  37. This was beautiful Kim....full of your love for your precious girl.....a perfect way to end my day here in Beijing, China.....off to bed to lay by my sweet boy! ;)

    Hugs,
    Steffie

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  38. This story brought tears to my eyes! Such a tender mother/daughter moment!!!

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  39. Just wonderful. Beautiful letter and GREAT pictures. Sweet girl.

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  40. Beautiful post and beautiful photos, Kim. Kate is just precious .. love her monogrammed barrett too :)

    melissa

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  41. Kim, I LOVE "capturing" my thoughts on paper! A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter to my son who got married on Mar 28th!

    My kids still cherish the letters I have written over the years, the are 28, 23, 21 and 19!! I know Kate will cherish your letters as well.

    What beautiful memories and pictures!!! LOVE THIS POST!!!

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  42. What a sweet day (and letter)! When Husby was little, he ate the stale bread too :)

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  43. Wonderful post and photos of your sweet child!

    We all get busy! Don't worry about feeling any blog guilt here:))

    Happy Holidays!

    Ivy

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  44. Sounds like you and Kate had a really special day. Loved all the pictures!

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  45. Beautiful pictures. Are you a professional? If not what camera do you use?? I would love to capture life like your photos do. BEAUTIFUL!!

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  46. i live for little moments like that
    xo

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  47. This is such a beautiful post. A great reminder to stop and enjoy these moments.

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  48. I do believe we will all remember this day.

    xo
    Brooke

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  49. Yes, you can post our referral!! THANKS, you are so kind!!!

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  50. simply beautiful! awesome pics too

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  51. You made me cry...and I don't cry very easily. I think I just may be emotional these days;)

    This is a beautiful letter for whatever reason...just because you love her and she loves you so much right back. She will treasure this post one day.

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  52. You always give me hope
    that someday
    things like this will happen
    with my daughter, too.

    Kerrie
    LID 12-31-06
    Waiting FOREVER

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  53. Sounds like a perfect spring day with your sweet girl! Your pictures look great:)

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  54. I have been thinking about this post since I first read it. It reminds me of the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" book. Your day together would make the cutest photo book from Shutterfly. They have soft cover 5 x 7 books that allow you to include photos and a story. It would e agreat momento to read and enjoy with Kate as the years go by.

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  55. What a dear post! I was hoping for a picture of Kate's sweet hands entwined with yours, but then I realized that would be a little tricky to capture (even for a photographer extraordinaire like you!).

    Here's to many more special days for you and each of your wonderful children!

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  56. Hi Kim! Thanks for your comments.

    I love days like this!!

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  57. I could just cry. This is so beautiful. It sounds almost exactly like a day I had with my baby who just turned 18 last week. Where does the time go? Kate is too adorable!!! What a wonderful post - the best I've read in ages.

    p.s. not to be horribly materialistic - but anytime you want to go to Tara's call me!!! ok?

    now, back to Kate! that dress!!! that barrette! too cute!

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  58. Kate is SO lucky to have a mom like you :)

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  59. Where do you find all of Kate's super cute clothes?

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