Happy 8th Birthday, Ella

Happy Birthday, Ella.

Birth in a garden at dawn.

Beautiful flower.


I can't believe you are 8. I remember the day you born like it was yesterday.

Your nursery was decorated in flowers and fairies. Little did I know that this would be foreshadowing to your birth day. Wish you could have spent more time in this beautiful room. Ronin arrived so quickly behind you. You never really got the chance to be "the baby."

You have always been such a lover. You are always giving hugs and kisses.

You love your brother even when he is being difficult.

And Haley. Haley has been your best friend since the day you were born. You two are always together. I hope it stays this way. Forever.

You have also been firm in your political stance since you were 4 months old!

And Nature. Ella, you just LOVE the Natural world. From snakes to butterflies, tadpoles, to fish, you love it all!

You requested to visit the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville for your birthday, and we happily agreed.

This Blue Morpho butterfly kept flying right near your head. Its wings were moving so fast. You were in awe.

When you were born little did I know that you would become my running buddy.

You love to bike, swim, and run. You are naturally athletic, and this year we got you a Giant 21 speed bicycle. Hope you learn to love gears. Mama and daddy are looking forward to some great rides with you in the future!


You amaze me every day, sweet Ella. Happy birthday.


Love, Mama