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May 23, 2010



Happy Birthday Shanno! You beautiful young lady!

What a great momma you have.

Enjoy your life.

Best wishes and blessings be y ours, honey.

Jeff, you did a great job on the pics too.

And happy times to you, dearest Kim! Ya done good, lady.


Kim, your daughter is so beautiful!!! I know you are very proud of her. Those pictures of her are so gorgeous. I love her in that turquoise dress. So pretty!!! What a special day of remembering her birth and all the times in her life growing up. Guess what? I also have a daughter who was born in 1989. My baby daughter was born in January of 1989. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Shannon!!! Kim, you and Shannon look like 2 sisters, not Mother and daughter. Love & blessings from NC!


And I add another Happy Birthday from the Heartland!

And Twenty-one more, FIVE times! Your Mommy will still be loving you.


Marcia Chunn

21! What a special age, what a special family. Blessings on this wonderful day...Marcia


Happy Birthday to your BEAUTIFUL baby girl!!!! I so understand that yearning of BEING there! Thank you for sharing her with us :)

pogonip @ meadowsweet cottage

What a lovely tribute to your daughter on her special day! God give you many more years together.


Happy birthday to your lovely daughter! Yes, you have been there and she will always know you will be there as the years go along. Isn't it a special privilege to be the mama of a daughter?


Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter, Shannon. Your love just beams when you are speaking of her and know that you've done a fantastic job as a mother. Even though our babies grow up, they will always have such a precious place in our hearts. I have a beautiful 20 year old and cherish each and every moment. Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures.


Kim our sweet daughters are only 6 months apart. Shannon happy birthday sweetheart. If you are anything like your mom, your future looks grand.
Through pain and sorrow, we love our girls don't we Kim?
Happy Sunday my friend.
Love Claudie


What a beautiful blessing!

Josephine Tale Pedder

I knew this post was going to make me cry Happy Birthday, beautiful Shannon. xx


Happy happy day...and this tribute brought tears to my eyes!

Tamara Meade

I am a new follower... This post really touched my heart! I have a 16 month old daughter and I couldn't have said how I feel about her any better than what you said. Thank you! Your daughter is beautiful!


A big Happy Birthday to your sweet girl Shannon. Growing up with our children is very thankful, I just wish it hadn't happened so fast... Thank you, she is beautiful, many more!

Debbie L.

Your little girl has blossomed into a beautiful young lady.

Happy Birthday Shannon and may you always know just how much your precious Mom loves you. Blessings for a bright future:)

Thank you for sharing with us Kim. Each time I read your blog I gain nuggets of wisdom. Have a blessed Sunday.

Debbie L.


Happy Birthday to your girl! She is gorgeous. She is obviously well loved. What a blessing you must be to each other.


What a beautiful tribute to a very beautiful girl. Thanks for sharing your heart with us.


I love the prayer that you said when you gave birth to this beautiful girl. I love her dress and flowers. She is a beauty and her Mom is as well. (((HUGS))) Happy Birthday Shannon.


Happy Happy Birthday Shannon. Kim I know that you are a very proud mother and what a beautiful daughter you have. My daughter is also 21, a very special time in their lives. It's such a blessing to be a mother and BE THERE.
There are more precious times to come

Pat@Back Porch Musings

Happy Birthday, beautiful Shannon!


Happy Birthday Shannon! You are truly a Blessing to your mother as she is a Blessing to you.

The photographer captured your sweet spirit beautifully. You are as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside - just like your sweet mother.

Big hugs to you both!

Tarnia Taylor

Happy Birthday Shannon, how beautiful you both are x


Happy Birthday Shannon have a GREAT birthday, you can tell by the the word your mother has wrote how much she loves you and how proud she is of you. Have a great day. Englishteacup(Lynne)


Wishing your daughter a very happy birthday....she's lucky to have a mom who loves her so much :-) I also have a daughter named Shannon. Judy


Oh Kim,

Love your post. It expresses what so many of us feel for our own. You wrote it so well. My beautiful and only daughter is about to turn 23. And I love her so much!!!!
In this house full of testerone. (4 males -and I do mean ALL BOY males!) I am so glad she is still around for me to do stuff with... They are our treasures in this life...our BEST treasures - gifts from Heaven. God made family..and it is just wonderful. I am so happy for you and your relationship with your beautiful daughter, may it only grow and deepen as the years pass. WE pray they will go out and flourish and blossom and bloom wherever God leads them and plants them.(hopefully near us!!!!!!)
My oldest son is in Afghanistan, and I now know the heart's feelings of having an adult child and the concern and prayers that go up constantly for them to be watched over. We let go...but we never let go in our hearts do we?
Beautiful post....Give Maggie and Marley hugs, and a hug to you for a wonderful Sunday.

Cindy S

Happy Birthday, Shannon. You are a beautiful young lady. With the mother that you have been blessed with, I know that you have a beautiful heart and soul, too.
Hugs, Cindy S


Awe, Kim, your daughter is beautiful :) Wishing her a very Happy Birthday. I know exactly how you feel...they grow up so fast.


Such a stunningly beautiful young lady. Happy Birthday!


Oh Kim, she is beautiful! Happy Birthday Shannon!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter! She is stunning, and SO lucky to have you for her mom! Lucky girl!


Happy Birthday, Shannon! Kim, she is such a beautiful young lady. Blessings to all on this special day!


Fay Marie Torzsok

A very Happy Birthday Shannon. You look so beautiful in that dress. The colour looks good on you. Oh, to be 21 again!

Kim, have a wonderful day with Shannon whatever you do. They grow up so fast.

My son is 28 and getting married in October. It is a happy and sad time for me. Sad that he is leaving home but very happy that he has found that special someone that he would like to share his life with.

Fay Marie

mary-The Calico Cottage

Awww, KIM! Your words are so touching. Things only a mother could say. Makes me feel a little misty eyed.

Happy 21st birthday,Shannon! Stay as sweet as you are, and you will go far!

Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse

Happy Birthday Shannon! Kim your love for each shined through each word of the beautiful thoughts you shared with us today!


Gosh, I could not possibly ask for a better Mom. Thank you so much for this! You're love is the best. I love you!

Barbara Anne

Happy Birthday, Shannon!!!!!!

With a mother like you have, you must certainly be as lovely on the inside and you are on the outside.

Mr. Holmes did well!


MJ Smith

Just gorgeous!


Happy Birthday to Shannon!

Beautiful daughter and mom!!!!!

marina mott

What a wonderful post...I loved it. This is a pretty lucky girl!! Good bless you all! xx, Marina


Happy Birthday to a stunningly beautiful young lady!

Oh my, how gorgeous she is...and the dress is perfect for her. I know your joy and your gratitude ~ my son's birthday was last Mon. He would be totally embarrassed if I posted about it though. :-) My daughter's birthday is 8/2. We are very blessed aren't we?


Kelly McMaster

She is just gorgeous! And you can tell how happy she is by the sparkle in her eyes....much of it, I am certain, she got from being in your loving home raised by YOU! Happy Birthday to her and many, many more!!!


She is beautiful,Kim. Happy Birthday to Shannon.


Your daughter is so beautiful, happy birthday to Shannon!! My son is Shayne Lee and he will be 21 in July, they grow up soooo fast (;


What a beautiful post and an absolutely beautiful girl! It is easy to see where she gets her looks and that warm smile from. This brought a tear to my eye. She is a lucky girl to have had you there for her.

Diane Price

She is beautiful and so is the sentiment.


Kim, Shannon is gorgeous! She's also a very lucky girl to have you for a mother!!! Happy Birthday to Shannon! ~Sue~


Oh, Kim, what a lovely tribute to your beautiful darling daughter! I, too, pray that very prayer...let me be there! I'm so happy you were for her!

xoxo Beth


Happy Birthday Shannon.
may all your wishes come true.
enjoy life , love life, love and accept yourself, always...
kim, darling, they grow up so fast but forever they're our babies....
you are two beautiful free spirits
kisses and hugs


oh, i forgot to add greetings to daddy too. afterall, he's also a partner and a great one, as i can see
good for you

Janet (Shabbyfufu)

Oh my sweet friend Kim, what a beautiful tribute to a very beautiful young lady.....who BTW looks like a mini~ YOU! Having two daughters just a few years older than yours, I know just how you feel. Blessings to your family, with love~ Janet


Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter! Lovely post!


She is absolutely beautiful, just as you are Kim. You are very blessed.


My daughter will be 31 in July. She was born in 1979.
And my son will be 38 this year.
And I am still young.

God Bless!


Beautiful post Kim. My son just turned 32 on May 2oth. How did that happen? Wasn't he just born? It just goes too fast but luckily I've been there for it all too.


She is a beauty! I have one born in 1989 and one born May 26th 1991.. they grow up way to fast that if for sure.
We sure were blessed.


What a blessing. And so well said. I never enjoyed anything more than motherhood, and while there's lots of fun yet to come, nothing will compare...congratulations to both of you!


Happy Birthday to your gorgeous daughter, Shannon! I am absolutely in awe of that photo, not only how pretty she is but the beautiful dress and flowers! She is so blessed to have YOU for a mom.

Sometimes it's hard to give them their wings!


Kathleen Grace

What a beautiful girl! I see a resemblance with her mother:>) Girls are such a gift to mothers, all the things we share, all the fun we have with them. Hapopy Birthday to your beautiful daughter!


Happy Birthday to you baby, Kim! She is so beautiful, just like her mother!


Sheila :-)


Dear Kim,
She is beautiful just like her Mommy! Thanks for sharing these moments with us.

Lynn Paterson

What a beautiful daughter you have! Oh, to be 21 yrs old again.......with your whole life ahead of you! What a nice job you have done raising such a great daughter. Have a wonderful weekend....and Happy Birthday to your daughter!

sweet cottage dreams

Shannon, sending you sweet happy birthday wishes from California to Florida! You are a beautiful, beautiful young lady!! May you enjoy your 21st year and look forward to each day as a gift. May this coming year be a beautiful chapter in your life. Enjoy!!!!!!!

Kim, your words are only that of a mother who loves her child with every ounce of her being. Shannon is so blessed to have you for her mommy.

i love you and i love Shannon,



Sherry Smith

Hello Kim
You and yours have a beautiful daughter yous must be soo proud What a wonderful day all filled with those wonderful memories....Enjoy......

patricia eaton

A very Happy Birthday to your daughter...and my, she is a very pretty girl...just like her mom. The best to both of you.


Happy Birthday, Shannon Leigh! My son, Jordan, will be 21 in December. He too has been a blessing for me. Best of luck for a wonderful future. I'm sure you will do just fine with your mom by your side.


Happy Birthday to Shannon! She's beautiful.


Happy Birthday! Hmmmm... my son is just a few months younger than you. :)

When my daughter was growing up, I always told her I was raising my own best friend. It seems you and your mom feel the same.


Happy Birthday to Shannon Leigh! She is beautiful. The top picture is my very favorite.


What a beautiful young lady! And your thoughts are so previous, Kim. What a privilege to be mothers, isn't it? Not to be taken lightly. Our hearts are fully invested - from the minute we lay eyes on them. Thanks for sharing your heart with her - and with us looking on! She is blessed to have you as her mom!


"thoughts so PRECIOUS", not previous. Too long a day!


Beautiful post Kim!
Happy Birthday Wishes to your sweet daughter.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

Happy Birthday to Shannon!! Dear Kim, you have such a gift of writing & sharing your heart. I so love to come by here & see you. And you're such a doll in those new boots. I love your self-portraits, you cutie-pie you. :)

soraya nulliah

Dear Kim-your daughter is gorgeous!! These pictures are so heartwarming...and they tugged at my heart. I have a little baby girl-just 15 months and I can already see her all grown up. Time flies...You are blessed to have her and

Patti VZ

What a loving post, Kim....for us to read along with Shannon. Good job on both fronts!


hi kim,

what a wonderful, emotional, heartfelt, beautiful post!

your daughter is lovely. what a sweet tribute to motherhood this post is.



Happy Birthday to your oh so beautiful daughter! Wonderful photos. Isn't it wonderful to have a daughter?! Aren't we blessed?! Oh yes ma'am! Thank you God.

Hugs sweet friend!


The pictues of your precious daughter are breathtaking! She is such a beautiful young woman. ANd your wonderful and touchingly sentimental birthday wish made me teary eyed!
Happy birthday to you Shannon Leigh!
I have love meeting and visiting you on such a lovely and meaningful ocassion.


Happy Birth - Day forever - kim, she has your heart and soul. i can see this in shannon - i could see a calm spirit about your beautiful shannon as i feel and see her in you. God Bless your family always - maria - cottage feel -

Carol Adams

I'm reading this on the 24th as i have been away from my computer for a couple days.
I also have a "baby girl" born in '89... it was a good year wasn't it???!!!
Shannon Leigh is beautiful and most certainly has her mother's heart!!! How could she not???
Happy Belated Shannon and blessings to you Kim!!!


Such beautiful and amazing words...obviously for a beautiful and amazing young woman. Kim...this brought tears to my eyes...I feel the same way about my daughter and my son...and now my daughters child...oh the blessings we have known!

Thanks for sharing and Happy, Happy Birthday...beautiful Shannon...


Trish Rowley

What a wonderful wonderful Blessing!!! Happy 21st Birthday Shannon. Heaven smiled the day you were born!!!!!!!!!!Trish xox ;)

Become a police officer

She is so pretty. How lucky of you to have a daughter like her and how lucky she is to have a loving mother like you. So sweet...Happy Birthday to Shannon.


I just woke up and decided to check your blog before my baby girl brings over her baby girl, whom I babysit for! Yes, they grow up way too fast, but they always need their mommies, for one thing or another! And after having survived cancer, when they thought I wouldn't, I'm happy to be here for my daughter, and her daughter! And your daughter is beautiful!

Linda Evans

Dear Kim, well today you made me cry.....that is ok, because it is tears of happiness and sadness. I have two daughters, now 28 and 30, and four little granddaughters....I have those wonderful memories of my girls, and still enjoy they live so close to now I see my little granddaughters growing up and my daughters being mommy's to them. smiles and have a wonderful day, Linda

Kathi Layfield

Yes, Kim, we are truly blessed to have children. They are God's precious gifts. Your daughter, Shannon, is such a beautiful young lady. I know how very proud you must be. Thank you for sharing this special birthday with us.

Jolie Anne


You have been blessed with a beautiful daughter.
Happy Birthday Shannon! When you are in your twenties
you have so much to discover and explore in life. My oldest is a 22 yr. old (son) and he is always finding new things to explore and do. He is having fun and enjoying the outdoors here in his birthplace, FLORIDA!
All the Best to you both!

Love, JolieAnne


What a lucky girl she is!


Your post brought tears this morning Kim. I have two daughters now in their late 30's early 40's. Oh how sometime I wish I could re-live my life and give one more kiss, one more hug, one more opinion, one more instruction to life in which they live. But wait, I still can and for that I praise God. Your daughter is beautiful and I know you have raised her in knowing that God is above everything this life has to offer. Thanks so much for this post. It really brings back memories for me. Alice


Your love is a precious gift to your daughter, as she is a precious gift to the world. Blessings for a beautiful life, Shannon!

The lady of the House

How cool! My sister's birthday was yesterday :)

Hope Shannon had a wonderful day - she is so pretty, Kim. Congratulations to you and your husband on raising such a beautiful lady.

Happy Day, The Lady of the House

Your post gave me chills..... I loved you sharing with us! You are truly am amazing person. Your daughter is one lucky 21 year old!

Privet and Holly

Kim! Congratulations to both you and Shannon ~ on the first BIRTH DAY and now her 21st BIRTHDAY! Yes, I remember when my daughter was born ~ my first baby ~ my MORTALITY became so much more evident to me and I uttered those very same prayers. My little sparrow is now 15 and I continue to marvel at her and all that she teaches me, every day. Happy Day! xx P&H


She is beautiful and your prayers were answered. Rejoice!



Happy birthday to Shannon and what a beautiful girl and beautiful post! As the mother of a 14 month old I too have the same prayer everyday.


Kim, My sentiments exactly. I have a beautiful daugher too and all I ever wanted to do was to be her Mom. Maddie was born May 11th 1991, the day before Mothers Day and she truely is my gift from God. How lucky we are to be called Mom.



Beautiful tribute to your aboundingly lovely daughter. Happy Birthday, Shannon! Go get 'em! Your dreams I mean. . .


Happy Birthday! They grow up so fast!


Oh Kim what a wonderful post...Happy Birthday to your daughter....we are so blessed to have a daughter....and like you I also have a son.

I am honored to be their Mum....mine are following their dreams and one dream begins the middle of next month, we will be empty nesters for the first time....I am so happy for them my heart is ready to burst but on the other hand I am so sad.....these dreams are taking them to far away places....I knew the day would come but is any Mother really ready ??? I thought four years of college was hard !!

Wonderful post, beautiful pictures of Shannon....

All the best,
xo Kathy :)

ps no trouble getting on today woo hoo


Such beautiful pictures! She is gorgeous! My oldest son just turned 21 last month. Where does time go?? Too quickly they grow up! Hope she had an amazing day : )


She is beautiful. What beautiful pictures of her. That was a lovely tribute to a daughter.

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