Friday, September 4, 2009

Extraordinary-ness of Sept. 4

Dear ChellBell,

I decided to blog every day this month about the extraordinary things in my life. Sometimes as we get older, everything becomes, well, a little routine. There are amazing things that get lost in all the normal day-to-day things, like working and making dinner and brushing teeth.

Today you turn 97 months old. One of my absolute favorite things to do is to write every month about how you're growing up, how much joy you've brought to my life, and all the things we've done in the past month. The only thing that tops writing about you each month is just watching you each month and living life day-in and day-out with you. You, my friend, are extraordinary. Seriously, you top my list of extraoridnary-ness.

Not to say that we don't have our moments (mornings are still pretty hard for us, aren't they?), but it's nothing that a little talk or a small package of Pop Rocks can't fix.

We have packed a lot into this 97th month, haven't we? Wrapping up the summer, spending a week in Sanibel, and you starting the 3rd grade! Whew, I'm tired just thinking about it all!

Third grade is tough, ChellBell. It's the year where the teachers start treating you like a big-kid (almost a grown-up) and teach you about being responsible. There will be times when you will just want to throw your pencil down or not read a chapter or not study for a test. But taking responsibility is one of the things you need to do to grow up.

Just remember that when you get frustrated, or when you make a mistake, or when you want to give up, remember that I've been there. I was a third grader once. I once was 97 months old. And I know what it's like. And I will help you through. Because that's what Moms are for. And that's what friends do for each other.

I love you, my ChellBell. You are as extraordinary as extraordinary can be.



  1. That was so made me cry!

    I wish our girls could meet...I bet they'd make great friends!

  2. Happy 97 months old ChellBell- you are definitely extraordinary!!

    Love you!

    ~Miss Becca

  3. That was beautiful, she is very lucky to have such a wonderful mom!!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. I love these notes you write to ChellBell......she is so blessed to have you in her life!

  5. Sweet glad to find your blog...Just blog hopping tonight.
    Hope you will stop by and visit my new Christmas blog. There is a great giveaway this week.

  6. I can't even tell you how sweet it is that you do this every month for her. 3rd grade is the big transition year, I agree. It's good that she has your support and love to get her through.

  7. Hi Christie!

    I love your September theme. What a wonderful thing to do.

    And I love the letters that you write to your daughter. So wonderful!

    Have a super weekend!


  8. This is always one of my favorite post on your blog. You are such a sweet and thoughtful mom. ChellBell will cherish these post for years to come.

  9. Your letters to ChellBell are always remarkable. So loving. I love how you told her that you were there once. I need to remember that! She is a lucky and blessed girl to have you as her mom!