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!

72 comments

Joyce Hobbs says: October 16, 2018 at 09:08 AM

Thank you so much for sharing. Such sweetness. I love the story of the birth-family. That means I have been reading your blog for 6 years!

What a joyful post! It was great fun to peek into your celebrations! Six years old! Oh my, that happened quickly.

Happiest birthday wishes to Sweet Mimi!! My goodness, those six years really have flown. What a lovely, festive celebration and wonderful memories made for all of you!

Ruth Baxter says: October 16, 2018 at 10:08 AM

Long, long time follower of your blog. I can't tell you how much I enjoy the beauty and thoughtfulness of each of your posts. Every year, the birthday posts bring me to tears... like ugly crying tears... the life you make for your child and the love.... the feels! I can't even! Thank you for sharing *everything*. Please don't ever stop! And a wonderful happy birthday to your baby girl!

Happy birthday!! Everything looks so lovely! I wonder what's that gift you probably made with felt and also wonder what are all the food items on the table! Looks deliciouuuss! So glad the grandparents were there to celebrate with her. Have a wonderful year!

I can’t believe Mimi is six! When I started reading your blog, she was so tiny. Loved seeing all the pictures of her party and her happy smiling face. Happy Birthday for yesterday sweetheart x

Amber Osburn says: October 16, 2018 at 10:24 AM

Happy 6th Birthday Amelia!!! She is simply precious, cherish every single minute it just goes too fast. I received my stitch kit and it is absolutely perfect, can't wait to put on a movie and begin.

Happiest of Falls to you,
Amber

I'd forgotten that Amelia and my little brother are the same age! He turned six yesterday too!

SUSAN JONSSON says: October 16, 2018 at 12:13 PM

Loving the embroidered dress! Can you tell us if there is a pattern available?

Laura Eveland Swanson says: October 16, 2018 at 12:34 PM

6 already?! How can that be?! Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!!!!

BTW mama I just love your photography. Thanks for sharing with us your cyber family.

Laura

I really love your homemade birthday parties - such love and creativity in everything, and so much better than the Chucky Cheese, etc. giant parties with a million sugared out kids that I've been subjected to. Amelia's birthday is also my anniversary of finding your blog. My mother had just died and I was very low. I found a lot of comfort in your beautiful blog, full of all the things I love.

It may make you feel even better to know that when I got my shipping notification email today, I thought, oh wow, it's already shipping, that was so fast! :) Happy birthday Amelia - I have loved seeing you grow on this blog. I've got a first birthday party to throw in a couple months and I'm feeling a lot of emotions about it!

What a beautiful birthday! I've followed Mimi's life since before she was born and love seeing how she's grown. My grandson was born right after she was, so I feel like they're growing up together. You have such a lovely family.

Hi there! I’ve been following (for about 3 years now) for your inspiring photography and the touching way you write about your beautiful daughter. And I appreciate the fiber craft content too, since I sew and do some other things like that. I love the warm and cozy and nostalgic vibe that shines through your photos and sewing and knitting projects so often. Also, I have a six-year-old boy, so it’s nice to read about the different stages of your relationship with your daughter and to relate to those. I teared up today reading the part about all the little moments that give you gratitude for the gift that she is. Your family has such a special story, and I love hearing about it. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

Everything looks so lovely! Happy Birthday to sweet Amelia! Six is such a special age. Her kitty cake is absolutely adorable! And your mantle is so pretty and festive for autumn. Stay cozy and enjoy this wonderful time of year.

Happy birthday, beautiful, sweet Amelia! What a blessing this child is to you and Andy; to the world. I've loved watching her grow up through your blog. xoxo

Lyndia from No. Calif. says: October 16, 2018 at 03:38 PM

The cake, dress, all divine. Like You!

Happy birthday, Mimi! I wish I had a knack for parties like you guys do.
I am also very curious about the wooden dollhouse and the felt scene with the owl. They look adorable!

Her face in those pictures is mesmerizing. She looks so wise beyond her years. What a lucky kid to have landed in your family. Xoxo

Happy birthday to your darling girl! It has been a joy to get a peak of her growing up years. I have beee following you since before she came...I stlll rememeber “And then Amelia” Such joy! As a fellow adoptive mom, your story warms my heart, especially how her birthparents celebrate her birthday together with you all. . I am so happy that Amelia enjoys your love as well as the love of her birthparents. What a beautiful gift.

*H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* Miss Mimi!! It looks like you had a fairy-tale party! You are very loved by so many. I have to ask, where was the meal out in that fancy building with chandeliers? I was wondering if it was the Benson Hotel? Have a great week ahead. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Oh I always love your birthday pictures! And this cake!!! How marvelous, did you make it? Of course you did, : ) what's inside ?
Your words brought me to tears, she is so lucky to be surrounded by so much love...

Happy happy.6!

Such lovely photographs Alicia and wonderful memories for Mimi.

Mitzi x

Happy 6th birthday dear one.

Laura Smartt says: October 17, 2018 at 04:13 AM

That's what dreams are made of!!!!!!!!!!!

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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.