Miss G’s 4th Birthday Photos

September 25, 2011 by Victoria Strong
This week we took Gwendolyn's 4th birthday photos with the incredible Jennifer Foster from Z's the Day Photography. Yep, in just a little over a week our baby will be a big four-year-old -- and she knows it. Miss G has been so proud of herself lately. She loves helping plan her party. She lights up when anyone mentions her birthday. And she was so excited to have her pictures taken, especially when we said they were her big girl four-year-old photos.

When I look back on Gwendolyn's first birthday photos, her second, her third, it is impossible not to see the mark SMA has left. Her cheeks are no longer strong enough to smile the big gummy smile she had at one. We no longer see her sly playful grin from two. But I look at these photos and I don't feel sad because I see life and joy and fulfillment. Gwendolyn's tenacity to try new things, her gumption to want to be part of everything, her courage, her strong will, her complete faith in us to help make her desires attainable has sparked a fire in us we did not before possess. And as she demands for more, she forces us to figure out how to give her the life she wants. And, in the process of living this way over the last four years, something else has changed in us, too -- we are no longer scared.

With an illness like SMA and all of its impossibilities, sometimes knowing your time is limited can be a gift. It isn't the chosen way, but knowing that each day is precious allows us to not take them for granted. We don't wait to experience things. We don't put important things off. And we definitely don't pass up an opportunity to celebrate Gwendolyn's life because her life is now. She will never be 3 years and 356 days again.

I look at these photo and I see possibility...the start of a new year with so much fun, so much new, so many more adventures ahead of us.

These are just some of the images Jen from Z's the Day took, so head over to the Z's the Day blog to see the rest (and we'd love if you'd leave a comment on her post so we can receive a special gift smile).

Talk About It

Let the celebrating begin!!!! 4 is a big deal!! The photos are beautiful....Miss G is getting so big! What a little beauty!!
Posted by Tammy Duke on 2011-09-25 11:05:03
Beautiful family! Like you, it's difficult to look at what SMA has taken visibly in pictures but also a reminder four years later that she's still here and has so much potential! smile Hugs! Happy Birthday G!!
Posted by Sarah Turnbull on 2011-09-25 11:49:53
Gorgeous. All of them and certainly all of you. Love to you my sweet friends as you begin the countdown to Gwendolyn's big day! Each day, each moment a true celebration.
Posted by Zoey's mom on 2011-09-25 12:42:11
What beautiful pictures smile They made me both smile and cry at the same time <3
Posted by Lindsay on 2011-09-25 14:52:29
I was off facebook a couple of days and so much incredible stuff has been happening with you all! The game pictures are awesome, and the 4 yr old photos are even more so. You are such a beautiful family!!
Posted by Marcela Vallarino on 2011-09-25 17:03:42
Way to go Gwendolyn!!!! Your incredible desire to do more and conquer the world is such a testiment to the power of a positive life. Mom and Dad will always help you achieve and reach the stars.......... You inspire us everyday to stretch and grow.......... Big hugs! Penny (aka your biggest fan)
Posted by Penny on 2011-09-25 19:01:31
Stunning photos as usual! I know Miss G's extended birthday celebration will be perfect for such an amazing little gal and her red slippers smile Sending birthday hugs to all of you from the mountains of NC - 'Lucy'
Posted by Helen on 2011-09-26 08:40:00
I just love this! Your family is so awesome! Wish every child was as loved as yours. Thank you for sharing how precious life is to those who are not walking in your shoes.
Posted by Karen Kuntz on 2011-09-26 14:34:30
xoxo So happy she is doing so well!!! Happy Birthday, Gwendolyn!!!!!!
Posted by Corinne on 2011-09-26 15:44:54
I looked over the pictures and had to comment again. G is a stunning, stunning little girl! The light from her eyes in unbelievable. And her parents ain't too shabby, either!
Posted by Corinne on 2011-09-26 15:47:31
Oh my! I'm so proud of you Gwendolyn you're such a big girl! You are so amazing Miss G! She is such a beautiful girl her eyes are so stunning. Happy Birthday Gwendolyn!!!!!!! Love, Danika
Posted by Danika Cito on 2011-09-26 18:39:06
Happy 4th Birthday Gwendolyn. Your photo`s are lovely, what a gorgeous girl you are. You have some gorgeous outfits. Wish i could meet you and your amazing parents, since i can`t do that i`ll make sure i read your blog. Love to you all.
Posted by Carol on 2011-09-26 20:39:29
WooHoo to turing FOUR Miss Gwendolyn! She is becoming quite a little lady and a gorgeous one at that! Happy birthday to you and many more! Love, The Gustafson Family
Posted by Jessica on 2011-09-26 21:23:54
Such beautiful pictures!! I love the one with the butterflies and her long pretty princess hair. Its as if they are coming to give her kisses. And her beautiful eyes are always so stunning. Gwendolyn, we are so proud of you BIG SUPER girl! Tons of BIG love for you from us!
Posted by Jennifer Calafiore on 2011-09-26 23:34:28
A very Happy Birthday to Gwendolyn and much love to all of you.
Posted by MT Grandma on 2011-09-28 05:42:14
Oh my goodness, Gwendolyn is so beautiful! Her hair. Her hair. Beautiful long hair, and I am a tad envious of her beautiful hair. It seems like just yesterday I happened upon your blog and now Miss G is turning 4. It has been such a joy and an honor to get to know you all in the past 4 years.. Happy Birthday to Gwendolyn. We love you so much. --Mari
Posted by Maril Roll on 2011-09-29 22:19:23
LOVE!!!! Beautiful!!!!
Posted by Devon on 2011-09-29 22:53:01
HaPpY 4th BiRtHdAy Miss Gwendolyn! I hope your day is an amazing one, just like you!!!!!!
Posted by ivy on 2011-10-04 04:08:47
Happy Birthday young lady. So beautiful inside and out. Such a sweet spirit and a passion for adventure. Butterfly kissses and princess dreams from Sailor and Savannah hearts to you!
Posted by Lisa on 2011-10-04 14:55:31

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