November 11 09

I keep lists of things I want to write about. Like you are suprised by this…Because, well, when you have three quirky kids and a part-time husband and a dog whose tampon-eating habits are the least of his issues and you are living with your parents in a new country where things like co-pays make your head spin and you work from home without pants on, there really never is a dry spell. There are always stories to tell and things to write about and those oh-my-good-god-I-have-got-to-tell-the-internets moments.

But as I sat down to write this morning, I realized that today is not a day for me. Or for my stories or my senseless drivel. It’s November 11th. It’s the day that Madeline Spohr would have celebrated her second birthday.

It’s HER day.


So, today, I am thinking of her. And her mom. And her dad. And her baby sister.

And of all the people who loved her and will always love her but  didn’t get to have enough time with her. People who don’t get to shower her with gifts and cream puffs on her birthdays. And don’t get to watch her play at the beach or hold her hand on the first day of school or dance with her at her wedding.

And the people, like me, who never got the chance to actually know her and hug her and play with her, but knew her through the stories and her smiles and her silly faces and the friendships I am so thankful to have with her amazing parents.

And while not a day goes by where I don’t think of Maddie Moo, today, November 11th, will always be HER day. A day to eat cream puffs and get my toenails painted purple and wear my March for Maddie shirt and donate to Friends of Maddie.

Happy Birthday, Maddie.

  1. Happy Birthday Maddie.

    Comment by Christine on November 11, 2009
  2. Happy Birthday Maddie! Today we celebrate you, because it’s YOUR day.

    Comment by AmazingGreis on November 11, 2009
  3. Happy birthday sweet girl!

    Comment by Kristabella on November 11, 2009
  4. such a beautiful post for a beautiful angel.

    Happy Birthday Maddie Moo!

    Comment by Heather on November 11, 2009
  5. How kind of you to post this touching reminder.

    Comment by feefifoto on November 11, 2009
  6. *Sigh*

    Comment by Maya on November 11, 2009
  7. Happy birthday to sweet Maddie. My thoughts are with her mom and dad today.

    Comment by suze on November 11, 2009
  8. Great tribute, Ali. You are a great friend.

    Happy birthday to Maddie and lots of love to the Spohrs today.

    Comment by Angella on November 11, 2009
  9. I am holding them all in my prayers today.
    .-= Deborah Pucci´s last blog ..TO THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY =-.

    Comment by Deborah Pucci on November 11, 2009
  10. Although I know in my heart of hearts if she’d gotten a little older she’d have cracked up at the tampon-eating dog. XOXOXOX

    Comment by Anissa@FreeAnissa on November 11, 2009
  11. You are such a sweet friend. And this just made me cry.

    xoxo to you and Maddie and to Maddie’s family, too.

    Comment by Kerri Anne on November 11, 2009
  12. This was beautiful and heart wrenching.

    Happy Birthday Maddie. We miss you.

    Comment by Overflowing Brain on November 11, 2009
  13. Angel baby.

    Comment by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on November 12, 2009
  14. happy birthday swet little angel

    Comment by LAVENDULA on November 12, 2009

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