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TEN

Wow…. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that my daughter is ten years old! When did that happen? Where did the past ten years go? I have had some of the best moments of my life these past ten years and it all started with her.

You have surprised us in so many ways dear Samantha. From the start you made us smile and have brought so much joy and laughter into our lives.

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This little smile always made my day
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Your very first Halloween we spend in a hotel for two weeks because of the Old Fire. You were the cutest little Pumpkin.
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2 years old – you became a big sister. You are the best big sister I have ever seen!
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See you already were practicing with helping daddy
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and helping Nino
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When you turned 3…. ohhh my were you ever so active! This pretty much sums you up!
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You turned 4 and chilled out.. a little lol
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You also started dance
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You started school, and have made many, many friends. You shine at school and since Kindergarten have always looked forward to socializing with everyone!
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You are creative, artistic, free spirited and a great friend.
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Seven year old Sam was all about having a good time, singing and dancing your little heart out! You grew a lot in school, and earned quite a few different awards in school from Gold Medal in the Reading Olympics to moving to 5th District in the Reflections Program!

Eight year old Samantha enjoyed playing with her sister. Sarah was the person you played with the most. Second grade had a lot more challenges for you but your free spirit made it easier for you to deal with any challenges. You learned what it was like to loose a friend and to be the bigger person.


When you turned 9 you became a big sister again! You have grown so much this past year, into a beautiful and fun young girl. You grew a love for Hip Hop! It’s fun watching you dance and sing

Thank you for giving me ten amazing years Samantha. I look forward for the next ten with you… but can you promise me to not give me too much grief as you become a teenager?

As I Watch You Grow

© Kay Theese
Do you know how much you mean to me?
As you grow into what you will be.
You came from within, from just beneath my heart
it’s there you’ll always be though your own life will now start.
You’re growing so fast it sends me awhirl,
With misty eyes I ask, Where’s my little girl?
I know sometimes to you I seem harsh and so unfair,
But one day you will see, I taught you well because I care.
The next few years will so quickly fly,
With laughter and joy, mixed with a few tears to cry.
As you begin your growth to womanhood, this fact you must know,
You’ll always be my source of pride, no matter where you go.
You must stand up tall and proud, within you feel no fear,
For all you dreams and goals, sit before you very near.
With god’s love in your heart and the world by its tail,
You’ll always be my winner, and victory will prevail.
For you this poem was written, with help from above,
To tell you in a rhythm of your Mother’s heartfelt Love!

About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three daughters, ages 12, 9, 2 and expecting a baby boy in early 2015. They currently reside in sunny Southern California.

6 Responses to “TEN”

  1. Happy Birthday Sam!

    I can’t get over how much Shelby and her baby pics are alike! Ten was by far the hardest birthday. I had a harder time with my baby turning 10 then I did turning 30 lol

  2. Elena says:

    Happy Birthday! My son is turning 11 in a few days and it’s amazing how fast he grows

  3. Beth R says:

    Happy Birthday to your daughter!!! What a sweet girl. Definitely looks like she brightens everyone’s lives

  4. Rosey says:

    Totally awesome tribute. Happy birthday to your big girl!

  5. courtney b says:

    wow before u know it she will be 20! so crazy! happy bday!

  6. Laura Jacobson says:

    Oh precious memories! They grow so fast! I hope she had a wonderful birthday!!!

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