Friday, April 16, 2010

Old and Grateful


Meazi loves birthdays- hers, mine, yours, everyone's. Today is my birthday. About two months ago she asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and what I was going to wish for. I had to pause and fight back tears. I looked into her eyes and said,

"Meazi, every year, for the past ten years, I have wished for one thing. I have that now, and there is nothing else that I want, nothing."

"What did you wish for Mommy?" she asked.

"I wished for children."

"And now you have us?" she said.

"And now I have you and Melese, and there is nothing else that I want."

She smiled. Then she said, "Mommy, your wish came true. I will make your wish for you this year."



I am guessing my new wish involves a certain statue, in a certain big city.

Just a suspicion.


Meazi and her baby brother Melese....

Truly the best gifts I have ever received.

Lucky, lucky me.

44 comments:

  1. warmest birthday wishes! some wishes DO come true! and if i was a rich, rich women, off to Dr Labootie you would go.

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  2. Bawling! Happy birthday, lucky one. You deserve every happiness and then some...

    Heidi

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  3. Happy birthday, Julie. May all your wishes always come true.

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  4. Happy, happy birthday, Julie. I could not relate more to this post. Every birthday for the past six years felt like I was slipping closer to some childless abyss. Now, I say, bring the b-days on! We are moms, at last. And you are a most wonderful one, with two most amazing children. Happy day, soak it up, you deserve this happiness so very much!

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  5. Oh... crying!!!!

    Just so beautiful.

    Just so happy for you.

    And for them.

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  6. Happy Birthday, dear blogfriend! Thanks for always reminding me of the essentials. You are so beautiful. xoxo

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  7. Great post. Your daughter is amazing!

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  8. Your cup overflows. Happy Birthday! And I hope your new co-wish comes true about the lady in green. ;)

    Theresa

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  9. This made me cry! You are blessed :)

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  10. So very glad your wish was granted. Happy birthday!

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  11. amazing. happy birthday. your happiest yet, i'm sure. i'm so glad that you have gotten all (and more!) that you've always wanted.

    i actually have a little birthday present for you. well, it's really for meazi and melese, but since it's your birthday you can have it. i hope you don't feel like i'm too stalkery. if you feel okay with it, could you send me your address to my email missydot
    kollar at uscm dot org?

    i understand if you don't feel comfortable with it.

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  12. Sweet and beautiful -- the post, your kids and you. Happy Birthday!

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  13. Just like you to lodge a behemoth lump in my throat.

    Here's to your birthday, your gorgeous children, and your future trip to visit Her Royal Grandiose Greenness.

    (Blogger is being a butthole and will not let me comment with my Google ID.)

    Cindy of Los Cazadores

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  14. Melkam Lidet, sweet mama.

    Here's to all you've ever wanted (and more) to celebrate your trip around the sun.

    xo

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  15. So, so sweet. I know that feeling - the constant wish for the birthday - and I look forward to that first birthday with my children! Happy, happy birthday to you!

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  16. Your posts are always so beautiful, your words so elequent. Happy Birthday. May all of your dreams keep on coming true!
    ~Anne

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  17. Happy birthday, girl! They are very sweet gifts. I hope you get your daughter's wish to see Dr. LaBootie and therefore, I might get my wish to see your daughter and son, and the parental units, of course. Enjoy your day!

    p.s. you are not old.

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  18. I know that wish.
    It's been a long long time since I've cried but you got me today.
    Happy Birthday.
    A

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  19. Happy Birthday Julie! So sweet that she would volunteer to pick your wish for you and so very smart.

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  20. happy birthday Julie... what a beautiful story.

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  21. this brings such joy to my heart.
    happy birthday!

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  22. You are so lovely, Julie. Happy birthday.

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  23. Happy Birthday most beautiful Julie!!!

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  24. Made me fight back tears. Unsuccessfully. MELKAM LIDET! HAPPY REST OF YOUR LIFE!

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  25. coming out of lurkdom to say
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    i am sitting at my desk crying reading your words today.
    such a beautiful post. your little miss meazi is so awesome.

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  26. how absolutely beautiful!! What a precious daughter you have... God has blessed you immensely!!

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  27. Happy Birthday! Loving your perspective on this day.

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  28. this is my third year reading your birthday blogs. this year is by far the best...

    wishing you all the best!

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  29. Getting teary... Our children are all proof that dreams and wishes come true. Lucky us forever.

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  30. Happy birthday friend! (Is that a birthday crown on Dr. Labootie's head?)

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  31. Awww, such a beautiful post and sentiment!!! SOOOO happy for you!! :)

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  32. I too wish for a Dr. Labootie for your birthday. Happy Birthday Julie. Thanks for keeping us all on target. You are a gift!

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  33. Aww, Happy Birthday!! It seems like is was a lifetime ago that you were waiting (and waiting and waiting) for your babies. I am so lucky to have been able to follow the beautiful and moving story that is your life.

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  34. I love this. Happy birthday!

    (Oh - and on my 33rd birthday we were in Ethiopia. Pretty much best birthday ever - finally with our babe in my arms.)

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  35. Julie, I can very much relate to that post!! My birthday is this month too and when I looked back to what I posted last year on my birthday, it brought back so much sadness. I can't possibly ask for anything better than what I have this year.

    And if you decide to come to Dr. Labootie, let us know. We're only a few hours drive from NYC!!

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  36. Happy Birthday, Mama. They are so beautiful. I just got my birthday wish: assigned a court date. :)

    Remember to tell us east coasters if you end up going to Dr. Labootie, because we'd love to congregate and welcome you with open arms.

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  37. Nice, Julie. I'm just trying to cruise through my morning blogs and enjoy the sweet sentiment...and this post. I am now crying, husband is curious, and I am so filled with emotion. What a lovely post! Your wish for so many years has come true and the absolute wonder and kindness of Meazi's little soul to offer to make a wish for you just sent me over the edge. Your family inspires me every day to look forward to the bright sunsets and sunrises of motherhood. Thanks for being so real and honest and heartfelt. For showing that motherhood isn't all rosy perfection but it is everything that a mom would wish for. I hope your birthday was oh so merry!

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  38. Happy birthday to you. What a wonderful birthday wish for you.

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  39. Yikes, I don't know how I missed this one...but great way to start the day with tears...beautiful post Julie. You are right, who could ever want more than those angels of yours?

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