12 months in a year.

12 eggs in a carton.

12 numbers on the clock.

12 days of Christmas.

12 donuts in a dozen.

12 roses on Valentine’s Day.

12 years ago today…

…a baby girl was delivered from within my womb and placed upon my heart. She squinted to see and then sang to me a song that my soul always knew. And at that moment I was awakened with the love of the ages.

My amazing girl, who would I possibly be without you? You have been a precious gift each and every minute of your 12 sweet years. Happy Birthday! Always, Your Mommy.

  • golightly
    Posted at 17:37h, 19 November Reply

    Aw, very beautiful words, happy birthday to your equally beautiful girl!

  • qmama
    Posted at 17:54h, 19 November Reply

    happy birthday to your beautiful daughter. and happy mother’s day to you. abrazos.

  • Puna
    Posted at 18:43h, 19 November Reply

    Such a sweet tribute. Happy birthday.

  • elk
    Posted at 19:29h, 19 November Reply

    a happy milestone for you both…love the photo

  • carrie
    Posted at 19:56h, 19 November Reply

    a very happy day to both of you! beautiful tribute, tracey.

  • kirsten
    Posted at 20:07h, 19 November Reply

    i think i might cry. she is so grown up. her posture looks so much like you in this shot! how did 12 years get by us so quickly?? happy birthday dear julia!

  • jane
    Posted at 20:36h, 19 November Reply

    that made me cry

  • spread your wings
    Posted at 19:11h, 20 November Reply

    ah this is such a sweet tribute to your beautiful daughter. these words make me tear up. 12 is such a special year.

    (i was born on this day too)

  • patty
    Posted at 02:16h, 21 November Reply

    beautiful post… happy birthday to her! 🙂

  • jenn
    Posted at 07:52h, 21 November Reply

    What a beautiful entry to find as the first post I visited on your blog. I hope she has a fabulous year being 12.

  • Amanda Zee NYC
    Posted at 17:10h, 21 November Reply

    Dear Tracey —
    I’m here writing you for the first time after meeting you earlier this week in the pages of Artful Blogging. I just turned 25 Novemeber 9th (haa haa…which I mention because it feels sorta like a milestone, I guess, I don’t know…who ever knows) and have recently been tumbling over my own feet from being wildly curious and overly enthusiastic about the BLOGGING world. I just want to thank you for being a jumpstart-source of inspiration for me, and in terms of this BLOG post "12," I wanted to say: an outstanding dream of my many, ever since I was a little girl, was to feel the way you describe you felt when your daughter was born. I pray that one day I will be able to write something similar on my future BLOG, so thank you thank you thank you for my making my dream even THAT more clear.
    <3 I wish you many blessings ahead, many new photographical opportunities, and a happy, brightful Thanksgiving!
    Amanda Zee from NYC

  • shelley
    Posted at 09:24h, 26 November Reply

    Is this the little girl I carried
    Is this the little girl at play
    I don’t remember getting older
    when did they?
    sunrise, sunset, sunrise, sunset….

    I will never forget the feeling of being a brand new grandmother
    for the very first time! It truly takes your breath away. Seeing your
    precious girl with a girl of her own is beautiful beyond measure.
    How can you possibly love someone as much as you have loved
    your own babies… It just happens, you just do!
    Welcome my dearest girls to a sweet new year of growing and learning together.

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