Tuesday, November 16, 2010

And in the blink of an eye...

....she suddenly left the teen years.

Happy 20th Birthday, baby girl!!! 


Those blue eyes - age 6 mo

Northern Michigan - age 3
 
Adoring her newborn baby brothers, age 4


Pacific Northwest tulip fields - age 6


State Park with her little brother, Brendan - age 7

Zion National Park, age 9
No pictures "allowed", per Abbey, during those trying middle school years.  Jump ahead to high school....

Christmas Card -  age 17
See Kovas, we sent out cards - one year.  I haven't always been Scroogie.

High School Graduation - age 18
With her brothers and I at college - age 19

20th birthday

LOVE YOU!!!

51 comments:

Amanda@runninghood said...

Aww, why am I tearful after every blog I read tonight?! I think all the bloggers out there are just posting some powerful posts tonight. Beautiful! Happy birthday to her and Happy Birthing day to you!

Slomohusky said...

Hi Jill! Cute pix. You have much to be proud about!

Tara said...

Awww! Look at those big blue eyes in the baby pics! Happy Birthday Abbey!

You sure do make pretty babies Jillie!

L.B. said...

You mean they keep getting older? I keep telling my 7-year-old daughter to stop growing. I tell her that if I stop feeding her that maybe she'll stop growing but she doesn't think that's a good idea :)

Happy Birthday to your 20-year-old!!

DRog said...

WOW!
amazing
Blink! they are grown up!
unbelievable looking at your pics of the wee ones...When our Em was 3 when the twins were born eeerily similar to when your dots was 4 with your twins.
And her pic at 7 is just like my Em right now.
Very cute pics thanks for sharing!!!
and HAPPY BDAY 20YEAR OLD!!!
Derek

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

aw...so so sweet;-) love it. your children are absolutely beautiful. You have to be soooo freakin' proud.

happy b-day lil gal;)

Patrick Mahoney said...

awesome and congrats to your daughter!

ERG said...

Happy Birthday!
These are special things :) Beautiful daughter!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful Family and a great timeline! Happy Birthday Abbey! BB

Jamie said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter!

Meg said...

The tears were in my eyes as I read this post, Jill. We lead such similar lives. Shel will be celebrating #21 in two weeks, so happy but so surprised that it 's here already.
Thanks for your special comment on my blog, I was just reading a comment you left somewhere out here in blog land about not using a Garmin and just ignoring time, having fun and just "being." Thanks for being who you are!! You have also taught me A LOT...thanks for being who you are; Just Jill!!!

Scott Keeps Running said...

:)

Irene said...

Send a happy birthday hug to your daughter for me!

I loved the pictures. :)

Johann said...

Happy Birthday! Lovely post, thanks!

LMC said...
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LMC said...

Touching tribute to your daughter! Happy Birthday to her. Hopefully, the next 20 years will go a wee bit slower as you make many many many more fond memories together! (I goofed up my previous comment and deleted it, sorry.)

Jamoosh said...

Yup, 20 years of age. The right time to start saving money so she can support her parents in their golden years!

Jennifer said...

How beautiful!

Ewa said...

You have 20 wonderful years to celebrate. Happy b-day to your daughter.
Kids grow up way too fast.

Teamarcia said...

Awww Happy 20th Birthday pretty girl! This makes me cry cuz I can't imagine my kids being 20. Of course I'll probably be in a walker and/or fully demented instead of only halfway but still. Enjoy!

Anne said...

Oh I know this speedy passing of time well...my daughter is 21 and I often have dreams where she's a little girl. It goes so fast. Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter!

marathonmaiden said...

awwwwwwwwwwww this is incredibly sweet. you should print it off and frame it :)

C2Iowa said...

Very nice. Happy Birthday to her.

btw - people are supposed to send out Christmas cards EVERY year? I had no idea.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Happy Birthday to her!!!!

Christi said...

Happy birthday to your adorable daughter!

Anne said...

You certainly raised a very beautiful girl. Happy birthday to both of you! (And how cool...it's my husband's birthday too.)

Emz said...

This is such a great post.
Thanks for sharing this.

She is beautiful [like her mom].

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HER!!

Marlene said...

Great photos! Happy Birthday!!!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

One year of xmas cards does not an un-Scrooge maketh, or so Shakespeare said (I think). Great series of photos!

funderson said...

gorgeous!

Christy said...

Thanks Jill! Happy Birthday to your (not so) little one!

Kate said...

Such a beautiful girl, and what a sweet post. It does go sooo quickly! We're coming up on my oldest's 18th birthday. Scary!

Happy birthday to Abbey!

Shellyrm said...

I like the photos! But I LOVE the "no photos allowed...per Abbey" the best! Mine would have edited the post too!

Happy Birthday Abbey!

onelittletrigirl said...

Cute photos- she is so pretty!


(I won't allow my mother to post photos from 6-8th grades!)

lindsay said...

Oh please - you mean you were cool, stylish, hip in middle school? Riiiight. I was a super dork and awkward :)

Happy birthday to your almost-booze-legal daughter!

Aimee said...

Aww...happy 20th birthday!!

Bethany + Ryan said...

Nice pictures mom! Happy birthday to Abbey!!! But next year let us see the middle school years, please!! he he. Hope she is having a wonderful birthday!

ajh said...

Ahh! She is gorgeous! You are a good looking bunch!

Heather said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter!

Black Knight said...

Happy birthday to her!!

dannie chOOng said...

Blessed Birthday to her, sending this all the way from Malaysia !!! :)

Jenn said...

Great pics Jill! Happy birthday to your daughter- she is your spitting image! Goes so fast....

Molly said...

what a smiley, happy girl! Happy Birthday!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

What a sweet post!

Julie said...

Happy Birthday to your young lady!! She is beautiful like her mom:) Great pictures!

It is so amazing how with the blink of an eye that our kids grow up and turn into adults:) College boy turns 20 in February!

Hugs to you Jill!

Matty B. said...

What a wonderful cascading photo montage! Have you taken the liberty of scanning and categorizing all hard-copies of photos? If so, you're much smarter than I.

I need to put it on my to-do list.

As I think about our baby that's coming in a couple months your pictures made me super-sentimental. Thanks, Jill!

Chris K said...

She looks like a great kid. Yes, she's still a kid.

HappyTrails said...

Great pics - we missed these. Have to find out why your latest posts aren't registering on our Google reader? How di you like the 7000 mph winds out there today :-(

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

They sure grow fast.

Sherri said...

OH MY GOODNESS! She is beautiful!! You have a fantastic family! =)

Adam said...

Sooooooooo, you had her when you were like 12, right?