happy birthday, sweet harriet

The question we get asked most often of Hattie is:  Is she always like that?

And the answer: Yes!

Always fiercely passionate and dreamily pleasant.

Always unleashed in thought, action, speech, volume and laughter.

As comfortable in a crowd as she is on the couch at home.

Free as a little bird.

Gives the best compliments one could ever dream.

Spends over 60% of her time in her imagination.  And usually, in costume.

Makes up new songs everyday.  Forgives effortlessly.  Equally adores mud pits and pink tulle.  Never sees a bad side to anything.

She is a true character – one not easily forgotten.  And we don’t deserve her or the thoughtfulness, joy, enthusiasm, hilarity and sweetness that shines through her actions and into our lives every day.

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Here are some Hattie quotes in celebration of her 5th year!

– “When I’m not mad and I try to make myself mad, I just can’t be mad no matter what I do!  I can try and try like ‘errrgh!’, but it just doesn’t work.  I’m still not mad.”

– “Well, mom!  I have changed my mind.  I have changed it to choice that I am going to let myself grow up.”

– “Whatcha up to, boys?”

– “I know you are supposed to be old, like a grandma and everything, but you’re really pretty.”

– “That sure is  ‘fewph’!” (as in ‘a relief’)

– “When I grow up, I want to be a paleontologist.”

Gifted in hospitality, born to take chances – may the Lord we serve protect you as you rise to set changing foot in the world you so love.  Happy birthday, sweetheart!

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5 comments

  1. Awww..that black and white pic with her wearing the
    hat is too sweet! She’s the only other girl I know besides me who
    wanted to be a paleontologist when she was five….Yeah, I relaly
    did tell people that’s what I wanted to be when I grew up at that age!!!
    🙂

  2. Happy Birthday Hattie, happy celebration day whole Imboden family!! …. and I personally (as a fellow mom of four) think that mom should get a little extra bit more of cake and be celebrated, too! 🙂

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