Friday, March 27, 2015

It Seems Like Only Yesterday

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”
- Angela Schwindt -

So as I mentioned on Monday, we spent Saturday in Ottawa for a very good reason. And that very good reason has to do with my younger daughter. The baby of the family who is no longer a baby. Where did all the years go?


Because I swear it was only yesterday that I brought her home from the hospital.



And before I knew it, she was a cuddly toddler...


...that grew into a bold and joyful pre-schooler.



Then all of a sudden the first day of school came along and off she went to join the world.



It seems like only yesterday that she was hamming it up...


...and bursting with joy the way only a child can.



Wasn’t it only yesterday that she was a flower girl at my and her stepdad’s wedding (on the left) and two years later at her uncle’s (on the right)?



It must have been only yesterday that she bravely stood on stage and sang Karaoke (twice)...


...and courageously moved with us to a new city (with the promise of a pet ferret).



And surely it was only yesterday that she finished elementary school...


...got her braces on and dealt with her first broken heart...


...and celebrated her sweet 16.


***sigh***


All those yesterdays have come and gone. And here we are today...

My daughter, Alex (short for Alexandra), all grown up.

We spent the day in Ottawa last Saturday at the open house of the university she'll be attending this fall. These are very exciting times over at our place as my daughter prepares to go study in another city. The years have flown right by and she has grown into an intelligent, vibrant and beautiful young woman who makes me proud every single day.

But in my heart, she will always be my baby.

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone.



64 comments:

  1. It was nice to read about your daughter from her childhood till now. It makes me remember my kids childhood...

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    1. It's nice to reminisce about all the years that have gone by.

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  2. That was a nice post. She looks magazine worthy in that flower girl on the right pic.

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    1. I guess you're right. I'd never thought of it that way but it is a nice photo.

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  3. aww Martha, tears in my eyes...all the best at this new stage of life for you both. I remember when my daughter went off to university it was life changing...bittersweet.

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    1. Thanks, Christine. It really is bittersweet. I'm so happy for her but also sad that she'll be away.

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  4. Congrats to Alex! There is nothing so exciting as starting university -- and in such a beautiful city! I did some post-grad work at the University of Ottawa about 25 years ago and it's a great place. Have fun, Alex, but work hard too!

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    1. I love it. And I think she'll fall in love with Ottawa, too. The school is located in the perfect area...walking distance to so many great things. She'll have fun. But she'll work hard, too :)

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  5. Martha, your daughter is so lovely.
    I loved seeing all the photos of her.
    I know just how you feel when you say she 'will forever be your baby'
    I have two that I feel exactly the same away about.

    Congrats to your daughter on starting university ... Ottawa is not so far away and I am sure you will see her often.
    You must be so proud of her!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Beautiful post!
    Smiles ...

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    1. Thanks, Margie. And you are right. Ottawa is not that far away. She'll come home often and we'll drive over and visit with her, too. It's a beautiful city and I know she'll enjoy it.

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  6. Awe what a sweet post. And congratulations to your daughter. I sent my oldest son off to college last year 12 hours away from home. It really is a special time.

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    1. Wow, 12 hours away! That is quite a distance. I bet you really miss him.

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  7. Ah - the years fly by.... my youngest started McMaster in September and I swear we haven't seen him since, he is so busy, and he lives at home! I love watching the people they transform into. :)

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    1. My daughter is like that. Very busy. She has a full life: school, friends, work. I've no doubt it'll continue that way in university.

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  8. She is beautiful! Wishing her much success in her future academic career!! You are right, the years fly and they grow so quickly!

    betty

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    1. Thank you, Betty. They certainly do grow quickly.

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  9. She's a beautiful young lady. Gosh...it happens. My "baby" is 41.... Where does time go???

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    1. 41? You look much too young to be a mother of a 41-year-old!

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  10. Oh Girl, this is so touching, beautiful like her mom, through every stage of her life, University of Ottawa, go Girl, Go, she's a true blue such like her mom, now i will go and listen to Rod :)

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    1. Thanks, Lorraine. I think she'll love it in Ottawa. Chances are that she may choose to stay there.

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  11. Wonderful photos . Lovely looking young lady ! Yes they grow fast dont they ? both my boys are adults now doesn't seem real at times . Congrats to your daughter and hope she enjoys being at Uni . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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    1. Thanks, Country Gal. You're so right. It doesn't seem real at times. The years just zip right by.

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  12. Your daughter is lovely, your pride shows.

    I shed more tears when mine went off to college than when they started kindergarten.

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    1. When they go to kindergarten, you know they'll return home. But when they go off to college, they may not. That is quite an emotional experience!

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  13. I was the baby of the family. My mom took my 18th birthday quite hard in a way even though I wasn't moving out.

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    1. When the baby of the family grows up, it hits moms. I can understand that.

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  14. Aww....happy birthday to your wonderful daughter!

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    1. Her birthday is not until a few months! This is a post about her going to university in the fall :)

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  15. What a lovely collection of photos of your beautiful daughter. Time goes so fast doesn't it, adhere she is embarking on a big journey away from home. Thank goodness Ottawa isn't all that far away from you.

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    1. This is a big journey for her. And a very exciting one. I think she'll have a really great time. And Ottawa is not far at all. I'm sure we'll see her regularly.

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  16. She's a beauty. You even made me teary-eyed.

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  17. What a wonderful montage of your beautiful daughters life. It actually brought a tear to my eye.

    May her new life (and yours without her) be filled with laughter and wonder :)

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    1. Thank you, Wendy. It's always nice to hear from you. I hope you are doing well.

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  18. This is a beautiful post, Martha.
    I can't imagine how it feels seeing/watching your child grow up through all these developmental stages.
    All I know is that I'd be a mess! lol
    You must be so proud of your accomplishments....you ought to be.
    How exciting for Alex. I wish her all the best.

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    1. Thanks, Jim. Yes, I am very proud. And I know she'll do great in Ottawa. She might even decide to stay there. It's such a beautiful city.

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  19. This is so sweet to read and view ~ such a cutie you have there and I know for certain that U of O will make you even more proud of her. Not far from home really! We are so used to universities being close down here so everything sounds just perfect!
    Big Congratulations for everyone!
    Ron

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    1. Thanks, Ron. I am thrilled for her. I know she'll really enjoy this journey. And Ottawa is such a beautiful city to be studying in.

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  20. Martha I walked in those shoes when my oldest daughter attended university in New-Brunswick. I remembered clearly driving her (14 hours drive) and leaving her... my wife and I had planned to go visit "Rocher Percé" on our return, but we decided to just drive back home instead, our hearts was hurting too much.

    We rise our daughters right, they are independent young adult flying through their life, aren't they?

    My baby works at uOttawa. As far as university, it's a great place and Ottawa is a nice quiet town.

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    1. Aw, sweet story about your daughter! I can imagine how you both felt. When we drive her to Ottawa in a few months, we'll drive back and there'll be tears for sure.

      Yes, we have raised our daughters right. Because they are independent and eager to get on with their lives. As it should be.

      We got a tour of the university and I've researched it online. I love it! I think she made a great choice with her school and the city to study in. Ottawa is a great place.

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  21. Oh, I wish your pretty baby the BEST of luck in college! She looks so much like you! Thanks for sharing the photos of Alex, I enjoyed seeing them.

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    1. Thanks, Kay! I think she'll do great. And I just know she'll have a wonderful time.

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  22. Do you remember the double cohort year when they got rid of Grade 13? Our son was in Grade 13 and our daughter was in Grade 12. Both went off to university that year. It's hard when they first leave but it does get easier.

    Funny thing neither child came back home after they finished university either. What does she want to be?

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    1. I'm thinking my daughter may not return either. Ottawa is a beautiful city and there is so much to see and do. Not to mention the opportunities it offers. We will see what happens. She has applied for journalism.

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  23. Happy birthday to the birthday girl.

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    1. Her birthday is not for a few months. How in the world did you and Linda come under the impression that it's her birthday. LOL... This post is about her starting university in the fall.

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    2. I guess I'll have to sharpen up my blog reading. It's an exciting time for both of you. Good luck and not happy birthday. Sorry about that.

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    3. Oh my gosh...you don't have to apologize! The post certainly plays out that way, so it's easy to make that mistake. In any case, you stopped by and left a kind comment. And that's what counts! Thanks.

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  24. How time flies eh? I was just thinking about time & changes as my youngest brother graduated from his tertiary education today. He was just in kindergarten when I left home . Your daughter is beautiful from the start, looking at her baby and younger pictures is like seeing a well nurtured plant grew up into a beautiful blossoming tree. Soon she'll bear the fruits of he success & achievements. Good Luck to her! :)

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    1. What a lovely comment. A child is very much like a plant. With proper nurturing they thrive. I look forward to seeing her achieve all her dreams. Thank you for your good wishes!

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  25. oh what a lovely post, and so hits home with me. My oldest is going into her senior year of HS, but there are schools to look at ... tests to take and lots of talk of her first year of college. I'm not ready for her to move out! it all happened too fast for me

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    1. It does feel that way. Time passes so quickly and before you know it WHOOSH off they go.

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  26. Beautiful daughter and wonderful post, Martha! Love all the lovely photos. Time passes quickly for sure.

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  27. Isn't it great that we have these pics. It seems so only yesterday to us but centuries ago to our offspring.

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    1. You bet, Anna! I love looking through old photos. It's hard to believe that so much time has gone by.

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  28. Wow - you have an amazing daughter! I remember when I started University...it seems so long ago now. Time flies! I hope she has an amazing first year. First year is magic.

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    1. Thanks, Jen. Time certainly does fly. I think her first year will definitely be magical.

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  29. You have a beautiful daughter, Martha! Loved looking through the photos from throughout the years. Thanks for sharing them with us!

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    1. Thanks, Bethany. Just showing her off a little. Mama's pride :)

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  30. I missed this post.

    It is so bittersweet isn't it? *sigh*

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