“I hope you never you lose your sense of wonder, may you never take one single breath for granted. God, forbid ever leave you empty handed. I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. When ever one door closes, I hope one more opens. Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance and when you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I HOPE YOU DANCE.” ~Lee Ann Womack
Bailey turned 16 on June 3, 2012, yes, June and yes, I am just now posting her birthday blog. Time, their never seems to be enough of it. I tend to put a lot of things first before my personal photos. I guess I pride myself in customer service, but, the other day and some current moments in my life I was quickly reminded to cherish what I have right here in front of me. A couple of weeks ago when I was shooting Kristie’s wedding, I glanced over at her mom during Kristie’s dads welcome toast, as I watched her mom I could not help but notice how she was looking at Kristie, embracing and maybe remembering moments of her baby girl. I, of course photographed that moment, but, I also took a minute to myself and quickly memories of Bailey filled my heart and tears welled up in my eyes, I was thinking to myself, one day that will be me proudly embracing my beautiful Bailey on her wedding day. That night, at Kristie’s wedding, I hugged her mom and told her I was going home to post this blog. I didn’t, I was tired and had “stuff to do”.
So, here I sit, literally more than two months after her “Sweet Sixteen” at 1:06 a.m., finally posting her amazing day. I think back to the day I finally got to meet her and as soon as she was put into my arms I just knew she was going to be a strong, a little stubborn and incredible being. I know you all might think I am crazy, but, that little baby girl, she grasped onto me, looked right into my eyes and stared, not a blink, not even a tear, now, I had plenty of tears, but not Bailey, it was crazy she was ready to take on the world and that she has, in her own “Bailey” way. Boy, has she kept me on my toes and you know what as she gets older, I realize, this little spark she has, it might be a bit much right now and through her childhood years, but, this girl is going to go places. Bailey, you take that energy to the depth that it is meant to go. I smile thinking of your future.
Baby girl, you have been dealt some GREAT cards, some tricky cards and a bad card. But, you are a fighter and you may not think this right now, at this moment in your life, but, these cards that you are dealt, it is what builds YOU and this YOU has so much to look forward too. This, I promise YOU!!
Little did I know that 16+ years ago, when you were born, that YOU would bring me so much strength. That your smile would continuously melt my heart, your spirit would lift me when I was down and your honesty would open my eyes; WOW, you are incredible. Take all that you are, grasp it, embrace it and be YOU!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU! I am proud of the woman that you are becoming and to think the best is yet to come.
The photos below are from Bailey’s surprise party that her good friend Taylor and Savannah planned for her. Grateful that Bailey has such great friends to give her these precious memories. THANK YOU so much to The Horton Family for loving Bailey liker your own. I also have to give a shout out to Sweet Cheeks for making Bailey the PERFECT cake. You girls ROCK!!! ~Michelle