Double digits

Ten.

Ten.

I can still remember being in college and finding out I was expecting for the very first time.  I can remember the phone call from the doctor.  I knew the second the nurse said, “Hello.”

“Do you want to hear some really great news?” he asked me.  I hung up and told Matt and our lives changed forever.  I remember that I could feel how special she was, long before she was born.

She is our firstborn.  She is the one we rely on day by day, minute by minute, to keep our family working together.  She is kind and tenderhearted.  She is brave and completely unique.  She paves the way for her sisters, and I know I can count on her.

The weight on the shoulders of the firstborn is really hard.  It’s often a very difficult task.  I am grateful for her every day, and I cannot imagine how we would ever make it without her.  She is a crucial, special, wonderful piece of the Richmond puzzle.

There are moments that I step back and literally gasp, when I see how she is growing and maturing.  Her childhood is like water slipping through my fingers.

Blessed am I to have her!

4 Responses

  1. Debbie Domenici

    She is so beautiful! I remember when she was born and watching her grow for that first year. Such a cutie! I love that our daughter, who you helped bring to us, shares a birthday with her. Such a great way to remember those who helped us become parents too. You are right that it is hard for the oldest, but they are a great example to their siblings. You have done a great job! Can’t wait to see her again! Love you all!

    May 30, 2013 at 5:57 pm

  2. Sarah

    Ah yes, the plight of the oldest child. Something I think about all the time. Being the oldest off 6 myself it has really shaped the way I parent Madelynne. I just don’t wont her to think I take her help for granted. Hope I’m successful :)

    May 31, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  3. Jessie

    Love her! Happy Birthday Ashley! We love you!

    June 1, 2013 at 3:41 am

  4. happy (belated) birthday!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2013 at 8:02 pm

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