Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I thought it was only fitting ...

My Roo-girl -- the apple of my eye, the cream in my coffee, the heart of my heart -- is 18 years old today.

And although this blog has lain fallow (untouched and password protected) for more than a year, I thought this was a necessary post to write.

You have watched my girl grow up on this blog -- from an insecure middle schooler to a confident young woman.

And today, she is no longer a child.

Today, she is an adult.

The towhead toddler who had "juice and cake" with me at Starbucks before Mommy and Me class.



The teeny little flyer of the pee-wee cheer team, afraid of nothing in the air.



The insecure middle schooler you met at 13 just as she was celebrating her bat mitzvah.



The ninth grader who hopped out of the car on day 1 of high school and walked away without a backward glance.



The confident cheerleader who flies through the air.


The high school graduate who triumphed by getting accepted to all five out-of-state universities that she applied to.


And so, my precious girl, the world considers you a legal adult.

But to me, you will always be my baby girl.

Happy birthday, Roo. I love you from the bottom of the ocean to the top of the sky and ALL the way around the world ...

And then some.

38 comments:

nikki said...

Happy Birthday Roo!!!

Molly said...

Happy Birthday to Roo. She is a beautiful young woman. You have written a lovely tribute to your daughter here at one of my favorite blogs.

Kaytabug said...

A lovely post for a lovely young woman!!!
Happy birthday, Roo!!!

Heather said...

I've missed your posts! Happy birthday Roo! I cannot believe that she is off to college...out of state, too.

midlifenatalie said...

I've missed you and the stories about your amazing family. I went through my reader about 2 weeks ago deleting old blogs I don't read anymore, but I couldn't delete yours. I enjoyed reading about a parent who accepted their children for who they are. I loved the honestly that you shared about it all even when you were frustrated. I realize that there were things you couldn't share, but that just showed that you loved your family and wanted the best for them. Thanks for all of it.

And happy birthday Roo girl!

Roger Miller said...

Happy Birthday to Roo and best of luck with your future endevours at college! You make your momma proud, as well as all of us looking in from the outside. Have a happy happy day and keep on smiling!

Dawn said...

Happiest of Birthday's Roogirl. I've loved watching you grow up :)

ClumberKim said...

Happy birthday Roo. We're missed you and your mom!

Jenness AKA Dory Asby said...

Happy Birfday, Roo!

Jenni said...

Happy birthday, Roo!

Joy T said...

Wow it's been so long I didn't think I even remembered how to comment on a blog anymore. Big Happy Birthday wishes to your sweet Roo! She is so beautiful!!

Tara R. said...

Oh how I have missed you! Happy Birthday to Roo! Congrats to you too, for raising such an amazing young woman.

Good luck Roo in your next adventure.

Jennifer Doyle said...

I can't believe she's all grown up! Happy birthday to Roo!

Siobhan said...

The love and pride you have for her resonates through this entire post. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful young woman. Happy birthday, Roo, and the very best of luck in Uni.

Joyce said...

Happy Birthday to your dear Roo! Roo, I wish you continuing success and much happiness as you enter the college phase of your life journey. I know what your mom means when she says how precious your friendship is to her. Congratulations!

melissa said...

Wow! Roo is 18? I can't believe it! Happy birthday Roo. Wishing you the best of what life has to offer!

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!

Mellie said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, Roo! Love, Aunt Mellie.... :)

songbird's crazy world said...

Happy birthday Roo.

And glad to see you again, Janet.

Suzanne said...

Happy Birthday, Roo girl! (does this mean we get a birthday dinner post, too? )

Welcome back, friend! :)

Rachel said...

I can't believe that beautiful young lady I met so many years ago is now 18!!! Where has the time gone? Happy Birthday, Roo!

You've grown into a gorgeous young woman and I know you've got an amazing path before you.

XOXOX

LceeL said...

Happy Birthday, Roo. From the looks of that last photo, I guess it's time to stop thinking of you as a "cute kid"; you have, in fact, grown to become a beautiful young woman. Well done you.

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

INSANE how time flies! Happy birthday to your baby girl!

Janet said...

Happy Birthday Roo!!!

Audrey at Barking Mad said...

I can't believe how fast time goes...it seems it travels a bit faster with each passing year. I remember when your mom first introduced us to you, and look at you now! A gorgeous young woman, full of confidence and grace.

Happy Happy Happiest of Birthdays, Roo! May it be as wonderful, joyful, and beautiful as you are.

The Captain's Daughter said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, Roo and Welcome back to blogging, Miss. Janet.

THIS Janet has sooooo missed you!

xo

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

I hear about her daily from her amazing mama, but having been around for all 5 blog years, I gotta say HOLY MOLY! How'd she get to 18. I only hope my lil men turn out as well as the Roo Girl.

Pamela said...

a beautiful girl... inside and out. Thank you for sharing her with us !
Press in Roo -- because you've got what it takes ! Happy 18th.

kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

fabulous tribute to a gorgeous girl.

MWAH

x

Karen Sugarpants said...

Happy Birthday Roo!

Rachael Heiner said...

Happy Birthday Roo! And Congratulations to you Janet on raising such a smart, beautiful daughter.

ChrisB said...

Happy Birthday Roo. Janet you have a beautiful daughter you must be very proud of her.

MJ said...

Happy birthday, Roo! Good to hear from you, Janet! I've missed you!

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