Today is Audrey’s 9th birthday.
I started blogging 10 years ago right before getting pregnant with our sweet girl. I was a stationery designer who worked very part-time from home while raising my three adorable little boys. Blogging was new-ish and not only did it seem fun, but it was a natural fit for me who liked writing and sharing about life and connecting with other women who enjoyed similar things.
Many of you have been here from the start and you remember when our baby girl was just a newborn. I decorated her nursery, brought her along to my summer boutique sale, made headbands and flowers and girly things for her and shared it all on the blog.
I get so nostalgic when I think about those early days of blogging and mothering and figuring out who I was in the midst of both.
I have always said that having Audrey gave me this creative spark that I needed and I truly owe so much of my own growth and inspiration to her. When I think about who I want to be as a woman, I often think about how I want my little girl to see me. What am I telling her about what it means to be feminine? What it means to be a woman, wife, mother, business owner, creative, friend, sister? I think about how I want her to grow up knowing she is loved, delighted in, perfectly wonderful just as she is. And I know that a very big part of that will be how she sees me doing and being these things.
We certainly share many characteristics, but she has a personality all of her own. I LOVE THIS ABOUT HER. I love that she has confidence and spunkiness and is also sweet and thoughtful. She writes us notes and makes us laugh, keeps up with the boys and will always choose being with people over being by herself. She has carved out a space of her own amidst her three big brothers and is a delight to us all.
I sat down with her this morning to ask a few questions and celebrate the girl she is today, at nine years old (well, after 6:45 pm, that is).
(there are some blurry parts in the video due to all the squirminess)
Happy birthday, Audrey girl.