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Happy First Birthday to My Daughter

On The Night You Were Born
by Nancy Tillman

On the night you were born,
The moon smiled with such wonder


That the stars peeked in to see you
And the night wind whispered,
“Life will never be the same.”


Because there had never been anyone like you…ever in the world.


So enchanted with you were the wind and the rain
That they whispered the sound of your wonderful name.

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It sailed through the farmland
High on the breeze…
Over the ocean…
And through the trees…

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Until everyone heard it
And everyone knew
Of the one and only ever you.


Not once had there been such eyes,
Such a nose,


Such silly, wiggly, wonderful toes.


When the polar bears heard,
They danced until dawn.
From faraway places,
The geese flew home.


The moon stayed up until
Morning next day.
And none of the ladybugs flew away.


So whenever you doubt just how special you are
And you wonder who loves you, how much and how far,
Listen for geese honking high in the sky.
(They’re singing a song to remember you by.)


Or notice the bears asleep at the zoo.
(It’s because they’ve been dancing all night for you!)
Or drift off to sleep to the sound of the wind.
(Listen closely…it’s whispering your name again!)


If the moon stays up until morning one day,
Or a ladybug lands and decides to stay,
Or a little bird sits at your window awhile,
It’s because they’re all hoping to see you smile…


For never before in story or rhyme
(not even once upon a time)
Has the world ever known a you, my friend,
And it never will, not ever again…


Heaven blew every trumpet
And played every horn
On the wonderful, marvelous
Night you were born.


Happy first birthday, our sweet baby girl.
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Blue-Eyed Bride said...

Well I'm boo-hooing over here. What amazing pictures and what a way to tell the story! I love that book so much, but seeing the night Waverly was born is just the sweetest thing. Happy Birthday, Waverly! You are loved! (And so is your mommy!)

Mommy Mandy said...

Happy birthday to your sweet girl!!!

Day Old News said...

Blue Ivy and Suri Cruise had nothing on Waverly! When is her baby Pantene contract coming through? ;) Happy birthday and happy momiversary!

Meaghan said...

What a beautiful post dedicated to your beautiful daughter! Hope she had a happy birthday and you & your husband celebrated your first year of surviving parenthood!

Jessi said...

Love that book. Still brings tears to my eyes!

Glitterista said...

This is just beautiful! I love this book, and the touching tribute to your lovely daughter. Happy Birthday to Waverly! :)

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