Thursday, May 29, 2008

While I'm at it, this one's for you, Mel-Mel (a.k.a "Kate")

Guess who's turning 10 this weekend? May 31, 2008...go Melly, go Melly, it's your birthday, it's your birthday...

July 31, 2004...with your cousin, are so gracious with
the younger folks in your life!

"Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion..." can anyone tell me what movie that is from, besides you, Beck? This is Mel's quote to describe her life with 2 older brothers...they constantly pick and harass but she handles it like a champ. mostly.

Six going on sixteen

Princess Leia hair

Sweet sand castle building 7 year old!

Happy 10th Birthday, Miss Melanie Kate!!

Melanie joined us on the last day of May in 1998...I labored all thru the night hours, which, to me, is kinda spooky for some reason, and while David slumbered ever so peacefully next to me on the bed, I prepared to welcome our 3rd child...unbeknownst to us, our first daughter!

For some reason, the 2nd phase and her actual delivery took a while...because her little chin was up. After what seemed like 2 years of pushing and crying...down into the canal she came...bloop, bloop, bloop...when her little head, loaded with lots of dark hair, came forth...the midwives noticed a loop of cord around her neck...yikes. scary yet praising the Lord that she was ok! When she actually came out...and I discovered her female parts, we were in some shock...why? because I just didn't think it would be a girl...I loved my little boys but longed for that little slice of pink heaven! On the videotape that Beck was in the midst of making, she started crying and sniffing while doubting my looksee.

She looked like she had been beat up when she was out and settled...blood shot eyes, herniated belly button, splotches on her skin, which one ended up being a big, bright strawberry birthmark on her arm...but to us, she was the most beautiful little girl and gift from God!

She weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was born at 4:06 in the morning...Thank You, God, for such a bright, well-adjusted from the get-go kinda gal! We still aren't sure, to this day, how we ended up with her...if we hadn't been there ourselves, we would definitely wonder. But she is a replica of her father's sister so that does help.

Thanks, Mel-Mel, for your good attitude, sweet, patient spirit, help with the younger are invaluable to me anyway but your mothering gift has been such a nice gift to our family! You are intuitive, compassionate, helpful, caring and tender-hearted. Kind, funny, energetic and smiley!

You are one Decade old...double digits...ahhhh. 3 years from teenagedness!

I will try to dig up some earlier shots of Miss Mel-Mel...We are so blessed to have you in our lives, MKY! You da bomb!


Smooches, Kara said...

Steel Magnolias!!

I win I win!!

I will be expecting my prize soon ;)

Happy Birthday Princess Kate :D

Anonymous said...

Happy B-day Mel! :) Wishing you many, many great days ahead!
Laurie-I remember when my baby girl turned 10! Where does the time go??!! Enjoy the big bash!
-Mel Cunniff

dmoms said...

What a sweet girl! she reminds me of my 10 year old. Enjoy the day

Anonymous said...

Even though Melanie does not know us (she met me at her Great Grandmother's funeral) we send her Many Happy Birthday wishes from North Carolina. The Weavers

Laurie and the rest of 'em said...

Thanks everyone, for your birthday greetings...Mel is going to check them out later on...

Kara...good job!! I'm sure you are like my sis and I and quote movie lines in your daily life...

Thanks everybody!!

Hugs, Laurie

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MEL-boots-n-scoots-n-toots! I can't believe you're already 10 years old! It seems like just yesterday that i threw you up into the ceiling...oh, cherished moments! You are such a beautiful young lady! We all love you TONS! Love, Scott, Becky, Piper and Nora

Laurie and the rest of 'em said...

thanks Beck and fam...yes, we have many fond memories built with you...the ceiling slamming one of our favorites, of course!! :)
Don't blink because before you know it, you will be blogging Piper's 10th birthday...time goes too fast!

Love you!!

Heather said...

DANG!! Kara got to it before me...looks like EVERYONE got to it before me. I knew the quote when I saw it...but I'll never be able to prove it.
Happy Birthday, Melanie! You are a lovely girl! I hope to have a daughter like you someday.

Sherry at the Zoo said...

Melanie Kate is an amazing young lady! So sweet, so grown-up-ish, so easy going!

Happy Birthday Melanie Kate!!

Natalie said...

I hope our card to Melly-dearest was recieved? I'm afraid I was booked because someone had the nerve to schedule a wedding on Mel's special day, and though I hadn't gotten a chance to express them yet, many Birthday wishes were swarming in my brain for her!

Melanie, sorry this is so uber late...but HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You're the bestest. :)

Love ya all. <3