Four years

The other night, Beatrix came to me with tears in her eyes.ย  She asked something along the lines of, “Was I really a difficult baby?”

I answered, “Of course not, you just needed me all the time.”

She replied, “And you needed me too, right?”

Oh, yes.

Yes, I did.

Happy Birthday to our Beatrix.ย  She challenges us and she delights us.

She’s a gift.


(first three photos by Lori Elizabeth.)


  1. Happy birthday to Beatrix!! I absolutely love that name. It always makes me think of Peter Rabbit.
    Yes she is a gift and thank you for sharing her with us. She seems like a free spirit.

  2. Happy happy 4, Beatrix. As someone who has been reading your blog since she was around 1 (or younger?), I cannot believe it. You are both blessed.

  3. So sweet. Happy 4th Birthday to Bea. How quickly they grow! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Beautiful baby, beautiful girl and beautiful pictures. Happy birthday to your sweet Beatrix!

  5. aw that is so sweet! My milk came in when I saw that first photo {lol}! The way she is looking at you is so precious!

  6. Oh my goodness, that first photo looks SO much like she does now 4 years later
    sometimes it is uncanny how that first glimpse reveals so much and then each day as they change we notice different things and forget that first moment.

    Happy Birthday Beatrice

    we have a birthday coming up here on next Friday, my baby turns 5…….he says he’s not a baby anymore ๐Ÿ™

  7. So beautiful. I have a baby who needs me a lot, she is two. I also have a sweet boy turning four soon. Three and four have challenges but so many blessings, don’t they? Plus this age can be the funniest for knitting awesome things for them to wear, don’t you think?

  8. This is beautiful. As usual Beatrix reminds me so much of my Anne, who is now a fine 26 year old woman. So many of the things she rebelled against she is now embracing. This motherhood is a long and wonderful trip.

  9. This brought tears to my eyes~ happy birthday!

  10. Oh my! Isnt is true that they hear everything we say…sweetness. Happy Birthday Mama and Beatrix ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Oh so sweet!! Love the pictures, and I love what you said to her in response. I have a baby who still needs me all the time….she is now 2 1/2, and I also have another baby(nearly 10 months) so it makes it challenging, but man I love this girl.

  12. Happy Birthday!

  13. Happy Birthday Beatrix! My daughter’s birthday is tomorrow, Nov. 17 – She is going to be 10! My youngest child is crossing into the double digits…oh, my! The time flies, enjoy your day with Beatrix, they grow so fast ๐Ÿ™‚

    Erin in NH

  14. Happiest birthdays sweet Bea!

    Love the picture with the wig almost as much as I love all the pictures of her with paint on her face.

  15. Happy birthday!!

  16. Awwwww!! Happy birthday Beatrix! I have enjoyed watching these little snapshots of you growing up. May you never loose that incredible spirit!

  17. Awesome. Wished I had taken such pics when my girls were growing up. Today’s pics like you take tell a story of their live. Well done for that.
    Happy Birthday little sweet girl that is so beautiful.

  18. She shares my birthday and the beautiful feasts of St. Margaret and St. Gertrude!

  19. Totally made me cry. Beautiful!

  20. Happy Birthday! She is so beautiful!

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