Thursday, March 29, 2007

a whole other kind of heartbreak

Be. Still. My. Heart.



Look who has her very own big girl bike. I am devastated by how big she suddenly seems, and yet above all, joy abounds. Commencement ride took place in in pyjamas, and in the dark, no less.

Be. Still. My. Heart.

39 comments:

Sober Briquette said...

Oh. Visions of my own. I'm grinning.

NotSoSage said...

Oh, yes. Those are the moments that do it, aren't they?

She's adorable, for the record. And smart, kind, thoughtful and strong. But adorable, too. As is J.

QT said...

OMG - We've almost got a family picture!!!

She is so adorable, I can only imagine the excitement level!

Tabba said...

Oh, how sweet. I LOVE the blue crocs....gracie has a red pair - the mary jane style.

I so think our girls would be friends.

I so think their moms would be friends too ;)

And that J Dog.......HAWT.

kristen said...

I love this. I love how happy M looks and proud in her big girl helmet. My girl turns 6 tomorrow, that's sobering.

Blog Antagonist said...

Oh, indeed! The first bike is a very special milestone. But it's also one that drives home the fact that they are growing up with remarkable and heartwrenching efficacy.

She's just a doll.

Kyla said...

Her hair?!? GORGEOUS!!! Big girl bike! So exciting!

Mad Hatter said...

Oh. My. Heavens!!! Would you look at that. I'm getting a lump in my throat just looking at the pictures.

Lucia said...

Yowsa! Thanks for sharing the excitement with all of us.

PS: I gave more money away today to a woman who asked me for some to buy soup. I tell ya, you've really changed me...permanently I think. And I thank you.

Beck said...

That just snaps the heart in a whole new way, doesn't it? That dizzying mix of pride and heartache - but look at that happy face. What a sweetie.

slouching mom said...

Such a moment. The joy! It's at moments like these that we finally understand what it means to be bursting with pride.

Izzy said...

Oh, this post makes me all misty-eyed remembering my little girl taking her first bike ride.

These photos are adorable :)

Thailand Gal said...

Wow! She is really growing!

(I shouldn't act so surprised. Kids do that. LOL)

She is just so beautiful!


Peace,

~Chani

Anjali said...

Love it. So glad you captured the memory on camera. And thanks for sharing it!

s@bd said...

i'm with you, baby.
oscar's getting a trike soon ...

KC said...

Full heart, Jen. Your beautiful big girl. Sweet glee.

kgirl said...

oh but you've got a cute family.

it's a tough gig, this watching them grow thing.

(you know, i've enjoyed many a moonlit bike ride. a few in my pajamas.)

meno said...

Beautiful. Be grateful it's not a car, yet.

Laurie said...

What beautiful pictures!

urban-urchin said...

Oh, what a moment. So sweet, not so sage is right- these are the moments. My boy turns two next week, I can't believe it.

flutter said...

I am utterly speechless in how beautiful your family is.

wordgirl said...

I share your shock and amazement at how quickly they grow. From the moment you bring them home...they change in ways (small and large) every day.

Deb said...

Her face says it all...

gorgeous!

Em said...

It's that bitter sweet "she's growing up feeling" isn't it?

Tabba said...

I read this post last night, during class.....and I was so happy. I felt like I was right there with you all...I could feel your happiness.

This morning I had to come here again & really look at the pictures.

That sweet, sweet smile of joy on little M's face.
Is enough to take anyone's breath away.
I'm so glad you had such a great moment with J & M.
Good stuff.

karrie said...

So cute! Great bike too. We're still wobbling down the street on a radio flyer trike.

Bon said...

devastatedly delighted seems to be the order of a lot of days around here too. so beautiful to watch them grow and blossom and take pride in themselves. so hard to let the baby in your heart grow up.

she's just dear.

Pendullum said...

What a beautiful girl...
And Jen?
When she asks to take those training wheels off?
Hardest thing ever... Baby steps honey... Baby steps...

metro mama said...

Bittersweet. What wonderful photos.

Karen Forest said...

I love it! My own children leave my heart aching with their constant, unwavering GROWTH!

Can't anybody figure out how to, at the very least, slow down the hands of time?

Momish said...

What a beautiful sight!! I know how hard it is, but joyous as well. I love that bike too! What a cool kid!

Bob said...

reminds me of Christmas mornings.

Jocelyn said...

Wow, I get to visit TWO of your blogs today! These photos are fantastic and remind me of where our family is right now, in terms of milestones. I wish you guys lived next door. We could do after-dark bike rides together.

Oh, The Joys said...

am blissed out on cuteness high!

Julie Pippert said...

What a CUTIE PATOOTIE!

Look at how happy she is! I remember first bike moment.

Tresure treasure.

mamatulip said...

*happy sigh*

Mrs. Chicky said...

Oh! Her first big girl bike. I'm dying a little bit for you. But it's the good kind of dying. :)

lildb said...

delicious. just so delicious.

carrie said...

Oh horray M!!! Such a milestone!

Carrie