E L E V E N and Straight from Heaven | HBD, Marley!

E L E V E N.

Marley Grace, little girls just don’t get much better than you! God sure knew what He was doing when He made me your mama…He knew I needed someone to keep me in line, show me grace, and be there to write me love notes when I need them most. I love you more than you will ever know, sweet girl! Keep being the incredible little human you are, and keep shining in this world.

While there are a billion and a half things I love about you (times infinity), here are just eleven, to name a few…

  1. Your heart of gold—you never want ANYONE to hurt. Not me, not your siblings, not even the people who have hurt you. This is such a beautiful quality…but beware: Our greatest strengths can also become our biggest weaknesses. Be strong and stand up for who you are. It is okay to hurt someone if it’s for the cause of remaining true to yourself and your values. Trust me on this…I learned this lesson the hard way a handful of times.

2. There is no better big sister in the world than you. There is a reason your siblings love you so much, because you ARE love to them, and you teach them to be the best they can be. You will sure be one incredible mama someday.

3. Your thoughtfulness blows me away. Always leaving me love notes, creating “chill pill” gifts for me, and telling me what an amazing mama I am (when I might disagree)…it’s like your wisdom and intuition far exceed your years. You are an old compassionate soul!

4. This goes without saying…Drop. Dead. Gorgeous. And as pretty as you are on the outside, you are even prettier on the inside.

5. Your baking skills are better than mine! And I love it.

6. Your giggle. The best. And the fact that it shows off your manmade dimple (from an accident 8 years ago) is even better! Blessing in disguise.

7. You give the best love and hugs of anyone I know…even at 11 years old, you are more proud of your parents around your friends than you are embarrassed. THIS is rare…and makes me smile.

8. Your drive to be the best you can be at everything you do: School, gymnastics, piano, and the list goes on.

9. Your patience. Because you are SO GOOD and self-sufficient, you are often the one who doesn’t get as much attention as the others. Even through that, you are patient with our time and understanding of the situation. Again…an old soul you are!

10. You are forgiving of others and love unconditionally…specifically your family (and me!) who you know are not perfect, but you treat us like royalty regardless.

11. More than anything…I love that you are mine. Thank you for making me proud, making me laugh, making me smile, and showing me the kind of person I need to be. I love you to infinity and beyond, and I love watching you grow up into a beautiful young woman!

Happy Birthday, Mars Bars!!!!!

Xoxo,

Mom

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12 Comments

  1. Danyel Holloway - October 12, 2017

    This so absolutely beautiful. Number 1, 10 and 11 had me ready-eyed! Growing up I knew I wanted kids but feared having them. Now after reading this and realizing my babies will be 11 one day has me scared.

  2. Rylee koch - October 12, 2017

    Heidi- this honestly was my favorite post I have read. I have followed you for a while now and love the honest sincerity to you posts. But Marley is one lucky girl to have a mom who already see the value and her worth at such a young age. I grew up doubting who I was for so long, and I struggled for far to long. My hope and prayer is that young girls find thier worth early and never ever question who God made and designed them to be. I am a mom of 3 boys, God didn’t give me the honor of raising girls … but I am sure and heck going to raise these boys to honor, love and respect girls. We all have a purpose here and I thank you for sharing yours with us all!! And also you inspire to me kick ass in the gym daily … my therapy day in and day out!!!

  3. Cassi Hulleman - October 12, 2017

    Happy birthday, Marley! You sound like an awesome young lady!

  4. Suzanne C - October 12, 2017

    I love seeing all the pictures of your family.

  5. Kara - October 12, 2017

    Happy birthday Marley . Heidi I love how you take the time and really make each person in your family special. She is so blessed to have you two as parents.

  6. Eugenia Alonso - October 12, 2017

    Happy Birthday princess 🍰🎂😙 many blessings your way

  7. Tracey Chiodo - October 7, 2017

    Heidi you have such an incredible gift for words! You have so eloquently stated your love for Marley Grace and in do doing moved this Mama to tears! My children are 23 grown and are now out of the house but your words stirred something inside me. My daughter and her husband have given us a precious granddaughter Everly Rose and I will use your words of affirmation as a guide to build her! You are so loved by so many and I thank God for you and Chris! I love your true honesty and transparency! Your followers love you and are always inspired. I’m passionate about my own fitness and staying young at heart! I love your training tips and laugh out loud with your brutal honesty and candor! Love you tons and happy birthday to your beautiful girl 😍🎂❤️

  8. Almudena - October 6, 2017

    Happy birthday sweethart… from Gran Canaria!!!

  9. Almudena - October 6, 2017

    HBD SWEETHART

  10. Sonia y Laura - October 6, 2017

    Happy Birthday Marley!!!

  11. Sarah - October 6, 2017

    So sweet! You’re both beautiful inside and out! Happy Birthday, Marley!💕

  12. Denise - October 6, 2017

    Beautiful girl ❤ happy 😊 birthday 🎂 enjoy

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