Now You Are Six

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Six whole, big years old. My goodness. I never really have words for these things. The week has been a whirlwind of swirling leaves and party streamers and birthday cakes and fancy things, wonderful and bright and filled with fun and family. We have a big family party every year, and this year there were some people who couldn't make it because of traveling and fighting colds and some new family we'd not yet met. Andy's parents flew in from Chicago and they're here until Wednesday. It's my absolute favorite time of the year when everyone is together, celebrating this lovely young lady, who grows more beautiful inside and out every day, and every year. Mimi and I drove her birthmama home after the party on Saturday night, and Bethy told us the story of Mimi's birth, about the Pitocin and the water breaking, the nurse we all really liked and Bethy's long torso and the Lord of the Rings soundtrack cranking, the seven pushes and then the ease with which she slid into the world, eyes bright and tiny fingers ready to hold. I remember it all and I don't — it is a blur, even though I was there for every minute. It was 5:42 p.m., dark and raining. In my mind everything was golden. I remember all four of us, her birthparents and Andy and me, huddled around tiny, tiny her like big, thumping hearts. It was by far the most profound and exquisite and utterly overwhelming moment of my life. I think about it all the time, any random Wednesday, watching her do plies at ballet, running down the hall at school, racing me up the stairs to bed, climbing into the car for the millionth time, every average and forgettable thing — how grateful I am for every single minute of this, all this ordinary beauty that started in such a extraordinary way. My darling girl, you are six, and every day of your life, even before you were born, has been such a dream come true.

Today, Monday, the sky is brightest blue. The sun is low, the air cool and crisp, just like they say. We kept Amelia home from school today so she could have more time to play with her grandparents while they are here, and in a while we'll go up to her favorite park and play for a while. We're about three-quarters of the way finished shipping kit and lotion bar orders, and I hope to be caught up by the end of Wednesday, speaking of Wednesday. It's been mildly bonkers trying to keep everything going while having a party, etc., but it's all okay. We're feeling really good about what we have left to do to catch up, and that's its own reward. I love working, and tree outside my office literally looks exactly like the tree on my kit, so it just all feels right and fine. Watch your mailboxes, and let me know what you think of everything when you get it!

Now, Halloween. "Owl Princess" costume request is next on deck. I can get on board with this!

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I'm going out this evening and uncharacteristically I decided I would put on some eye make-up before sitting down to catch up with your blog, what a mistake 🙈 I now have panda eyes😂!! What an amazing journey you have had, I am so happy for you all. I have never met you but your love for Amelia oozes from every word you write, you are a wonderful mother. Happy 6th birthday Mimi!

Gail, in northern California says: October 17, 2018 at 08:50 AM

I don't want this to sound morbid---I had no way of knowing and you certainly didn't---but I ordered the lotion bar for a friend as a Christmas present. In the meantime, she has lost her dearest of dear friends to cancer and her younger sister to a sudden massive heart attack. She is devastated. I think in a few weeks I'll send her the lotion bar snail mail "just to cheer". She needs such loveliness now, not later. Thank you.

Happy 6th birthday dear Mimi!

Every year I look forward to watching Mimi's birthday unfold. I feel a secondhand joy at the beauty that comes through your home to our computer screens. <3

I love reading your blog. It’s been such a sweet experience to watch Amelia grow up, and to see how deeply loved she is. I don’t know any child who has had a more charmed childhood. Oneof my favorite things to do - not on purpose- on my kids’ birthdays is to remember the events around their birth, and it always comes flooding back. They can’t undestand why their birthday is important to me but it’s the day a part of me was born, too, so I celebrate and I remember. Sounds like you do this too. Happy sixth birthday to you al

Nancy Mosley says: October 18, 2018 at 05:40 AM

I can't believe Mimi is 6 years old now -- that means I've been following your blog for 6 years and really that is hard to believe. I love the kitty cake. That is adorable!! I agree with other comments - can you please tell about the felt house - is that something you made? Very cute!!! I teach 2 year olds at church and am looking for little projects that they would enjoy and I would enjoy knowing about the felt house. :) Love her dress too. Always your parties look so inviting!!!

Happy, happy birthday to your dear sweet girl. Thank you for sharing your story and such love with us. Your writing is a bright light in my world. Thank you for that blessing.

My heart is filled with joy witnessing the love of your family! Amen for birthparents and adoptive! Happy 6th year for all of you ! :)

Happy birthday Mimi! I remember the day you’ve got her, I was so happy for you and Andy! Your family is wonderful. And the birth story made me cry, to be honest. And I just love the felt house, did you made it?

My lotion bars and fall cross-stitch kit arrived! They are both amazing but I doubt I'll be able to use the lotion bar as it is so beautiful. How can I destroy that acorn lovely? Thank you! And, thank you for shipping them together even though they were ordered at different times.
The birthday week photos are so sweet. It must have been a wonderful time!

My husband likes the scent of the lotion bar that arrived yesterday. His hands are rough and cracked from laying concrete. We have high hopes! He is very sensitive to smells (you're shutting down my immune system!) But we took a chance. I remember those crazy days of kindergarten--5 times over. My youngest is 13 and goes weekly to a knitting group of retired ladies. Another older woman is teaching her to sew. My oldest is 30 with 4 wee ones of her own. Those everyday things really are the precious mercies we remember years later. Blessings!

Don't you just adore MiMi's freckles? So beautiful!

Per usual, a magical birthday! So sweet, and the story of her birth is wonderful. I was at my granddaughter's birth as a co-birth coach this past May, and it was such an incredible experience.

Best wishes to Mimi for a fantastic year ahead!

lovenna m pence says: October 21, 2018 at 03:53 AM

Thank you so much for your post.
A beautiful way to start out a rainy Kentucky Sunday!

What a magical, whimsical 6 years you have had with your darling girl. Happy birthday, Mimi - you are blessed and a blessing! xxx

How time flies! Lovely photos!

SIX?! Oh my. She is so beautiful, as your family all is. And oh the love. All the love! Joyful.

Beautiful, as is every one of your posts. She's growing up way too fast. Can you tell me where you got the sparkler 6 candle? My grandson turns 6 in June and I'd love to get one for his cake.

Dear sweet girl! I both cannot believe it's been 6 years and cannot believe it's only been 6 years!

Such a fun birthday celebration - lovely pictures and so glad you share them with us and share your many talents! Did you make that cute little house? I think we need another picture of it! A cute cake too! The time flies by way too quickly! Happy Birthday Mimi!

Beautiful girl, beautiful pics, beautiful family. I love you all and revel in your story❤️

I am late in posting a comment here because I am behind on everything, but I just wanted to say how lovely all of your photos always are, and how much I enjoy reading what you write to accompany them. Happy belated birthday to your adorable and precious daughter, and I am still SO pleased that my sister and I got to meet you both at Monticello for lunch that day back in May of last year! May I ask if that is a hotel dining room that is pictured in the last photo with dear Mimi and her grandparents? Where was that, if it is all right to ask?
Alicia, I shall continue to enjoy all of your writings and all that you share with us of your life, your family, your home, your creations, and all of the beauty and love that surrounds you all.

Your blog is one that I always seem to return to, thank you for sharing. Your photos are absolutely beautiful! Wondering if you would provide the link for the wooden doll house in this post. Happy Belated Birthday Mimi!!!

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.