Happy 10th Birthday, Lakin!

On July 16, 2001, I gave birth to the most beautiful little fairy baby I had ever laid eyes on. Lakin Leigh was tiny and dark haired, with crystal blue eyes and a round face. She captured my heart and made me believe in all those corny goofy things that people say about love at first sight.

July 16, 2001
July 2002 ~ 1st Birthday!
July 2003 ~ 2nd Birthday!
July 2004 ~ 3rd Birthday!
July 2005 ~ 4th Birthday!
July 2006 ~ 5th Birthday!
July 2007 ~ 6th Birthday!
July 2008 ~ 7th Birthday!
July 2009 ~ 8th Birthday!
July 2010 ~ 9th Birthday!

It hasn’t been the easiest of roads that Lakin and I have walked together, but I have always been proud to take each step of our journey with her hand in mine, figuring out the puzzle pieces as we reach them.

I love you, Lakin Leigh! Happy 10th birthday to you, my bear!

2011 ~ 10 years old!

It would mean a lot to my lovely 10-year-old Lakin & I, if you would leave her a Happy Birthday wish in the comments! Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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  • Happy Birthday Lakin! ย Tell your mom that 11 should be old enough for a guest post! ย Next year you can post pictures of her in the kiddie pool for your birthday.

  • Isaac

    Happy Birthday Lakin! It may not all make sense now, but whatever you want to be, if you work towards it you can make it happen, ย the world is just as magical as Harry Potter, you just got to make your own magic, happy birthday once again,

  • Happy Birthday Lakin! Your spirit shows through not only in these pictures, but in the way your mom writes about what a blessing you are to her and everyone else’s life you touch.

    Enjoy your day!

  • Grandma

    Lakin, I have always been so proud of you. .ย  such a beautiful, kind and very perceptive girl.ย  You have such wonderful possibilities ahead of you. .ย  your amazing intelligence and tough exterior should carry you through most any difficulty you come across.ย  Just don’t ever lose touch with your sweet, loving heart along the way, girl!ย  My love for you will always be. . . . don’t ever forget that!

  • Katie

    Happy Birthday Lakin!! I hope you have a beautiful day today.

  • Suzannah

    Happy Birthday, Lakin from Aunt Suzannah and your cousins, Geddy, William and Rafael.ย  I hope you awake with happy expectations and close the day with sweet memories and dreams.

  • Happy Birthday, Lakin! I agree about the guest posting next year!

    Hope your special day is full of wonderful memories in the making!

  • Kir

    Happy Birthday Lakin. I love your name and your smile. I am hoping that each wish you make on your candles today comes true and makes this the best year ever.

    Lucky you for having a mom who loves you so, that is such a gift. HUGS to you both.

  • Thank you Aunt Suzannah! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks Katie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks Abby, for a wonderful comment! I loved watching Lakin’s face as she read these comments!

  • Thank you Mama, and thanks for hosting our birthday brunch/sweets fest/party! We had a wonderful time, and Lakin recovered quickly from her sugar crash when she realized she had comments to read. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you Isaac! That means a lot to both of us! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shh… she already thinks that she should have her own blog! And post pictures of me in the kiddie pool? Shut yo mouth woman! ๐Ÿ˜›

    Seriously, thank you Melissa! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kir

    Happy Birthday Lakin. I love your name and your smile. I am hoping that each wish you make on your candles today comes true and makes this the best year ever.

    Lucky you for having a mom who loves you so, that is such a gift. HUGS to you both.

  • Happy Birthday, Lakin! I agree about the guest posting next year!

    Hope your special day is full of wonderful memories in the making!

  • Thank you Crystal! It was a beautiful (and crazy and lengthy) day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you so much! Hugs to you for your sweet comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

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