11 years ago today our Madeline Dawn was born. I'll never forget when they handed her to me, all scrubbed up and polished, a head of dark hair with a pink ribbon in it. She was all wrapped up like a present from God to me, bow and all. From that second on, I was struck with her beauty, as were every person that laid eyes on her sweet little chubby face. Almost daily I would be taking Maddie for a walk, or in a grocery store when complete strangers would stop me just to get a look at her beautiful face.
I love these photos our friend Brittani took of Maddie this spring. She captured Maddie's spirit so well. She is energetic and kind. She's compassionate and dignified. I like to refer to Maddie as an "old soul". She is wise beyond her years, comprehending truth that most adults will never understand. While being wise, she has a very silly sense of humor. She keeps us on her toes with her funny insights and jokes.
Maddie has a beautiful spirit, and is such a joy to have around. I thank God every day for letting me be her Mamma. Happy Birthday Maddie. I am so proud of you, and I love you!