Happy 9 years Daria

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I am deeply and richly blessed to be this child’s mom.

I am so proud of all she is, all she is becoming, and how she navigates and responds to her world.

“That’s a nice birthday present” she said as I rubbed her feet/legs just before she fell asleep for her last night as an 8 year old.

Yup, 9 years ago right now I was labouring. At home. Hoping for a home birth.

It would be a long night, and Daria would join us in the world at 6:30am.

I would not change a thing.

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I love all the mess, and all the joy this child brings to my life.

She has taught me much in her 9 short years. More than I could have imagined or dreamed of.

And today we celebrated as a family with simplicity.

The simple rhythm of dancing with other adults and children, 5 rhythms, at my favourite community space The Hub.

A stop at “The Garage” for some simple food. A nap.

Simple “upcycled” gifts from her siblings.

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And, yup, a birthday scavenger hunt, that unveiled a dream she’s had for 2 years running…

My water girl. My soulful girl. My girl who is perfect in every way.

Happy 9th birthday, Daria. I am astounded at your gratitude and appreciation of each moment.

She prepared these thank you cards yesterday…


Even on her own birthday, thinking of others, and sharing gratitude.

We love you Daria!!! We are all so blessed to be your family.