Happy 3rd Birthday Gwendolyn

October 04, 2010 by Victoria Strong

My dearest Gwendolyn,

You are my darling buttercup

my little miss sparkle

my sunshine

my breath

my light

You are goodness and grace

courage and resilience

laughter and love

You are all that is right in the world

and all that is rare

the glittering sun rising

a special rainbow glimpse

the dew drop on a deserted landscape

You are my baby

my first born child

my big girl growing more every day

You are my special butterfly girl

Happy, happy 3rd birthday my darling sweetheart

I love you as high as the sky, as deep as the sea, to the moon and back...and even still farther!



First Birthday letter from Mommy, Second Birthday letter from Mommy


Dearest Gwendolyn,

This past year has been incredible...and I've cherished and savored every single second of continuing to learn the truly important lessons of life from you.

Over the past year, I've watched my baby girl mature and sprout into a beautiful little girl. And I mean sprout!

I've watched our picture books turn to storybooks.

I've watched you loving to learn your colors and numbers and start to learn your ABCs.

I've watched Elmo give way to princesses. Tons and tons and buckets full of princesses!

I've watched short videos turn to full-length big girl movies. Princess movies!

I've watched you conquer power chairs, sledding hills, iPads, swings, swimming pools, twisty slides, bounce houses, pony rides, standers, carousels, sailboats...

I've watched you go from needing me to pat your cute little bottom to go to sleep every night to requesting I leave the room so you can put yourself down. [gulp.]

I've watched you teach me how we can communicate volumes without ever saying a single word and I love every conversation we have together. I also love watching the ones you have with others.

I've watched you get excited about pre-school and I can't wait to see the joy you get from that experience.

I've watched you smile and giggle and cry and be shy and be firm and be stubborn and be happy and be sad and be challenging and be an angel...and, while a few of those I could live with a little less of smile, I'm so glad that I get to be part of all of those things.

I've watched you continue to teach me what you want most out of your life, experiences and adventures and interactions, and I've pushed myself to provide you as many of those as humanly possible. I promise my push will never end.

I've watched you continue to fight valiantly every single day and demand that we focus on what we can control, not what we can't.

I'm so proud of the little girl you are, I cherish our unbelievably special bond, I admire your fighting spirit and unending zest for living life, I savor every second we have together, and I am so, so, so, so, so proud to be your daddy.

Happy birthday my little princess! Let's go light up Disneyland! smile



First Birthday letter from Daddy, Second Birthday letter from Daddy

Talk About It

Happy, happy birthday to a very special girl!! In 3 short years you have already touched so many peoples lives. I hope it is a wonderful day!
Posted by Hil on 2010-10-04 07:13:19
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Posted by Miss G is 4! � Gwendolyn Strong | Gwendolyn Strong on 2011-10-04 09:24:36
Happy Birthday Gwendolyn!! We think the world of you and hope you know how special you are! Have so much fun celebrating in the Happiest Place on Earth!!! Lots and lots of hugs!! Love, Jonas, Maggie, Lindsey, and Whit Coleman
Posted by Lindsey Coleman on 2010-10-04 07:20:39
Feliz anivers�rio garota!
Posted by bruna on 2010-10-04 07:23:53
Happy Birthday Gwendolyn!!! You are truly one extraordinarly special little Princess! Love, The Wehrkamp Family and Baby Angel Violet
Posted by Allison Wehrkamp on 2010-10-04 07:24:02
Happy birthday to a special 3 year old. What a fantastic girl you are! Enjoy!!!
Posted by Nicole on 2010-10-04 07:28:27
Tears of joy fill my eyes.... Happy birthday Gwendolyn! You have become such a beautiful little girl, both inside and out! We love you very much!
Posted by Jaime Gooden on 2010-10-04 07:44:40
Happy Birthday Sweet Princess Gwendolyn!! I can only imagine the excitement of going to Disneyland, meeting the princesses and doing those things with your amazing parents.....have a fantastic time! You have taught so many of us about life, about love and what 'strength' really is. Thank you for being you, an amazing, incredible, strong little girl who is wise beyond her years! Love nad hugs and a huge Happy Birthday To You! Love Em
Posted by Emma on 2010-10-04 07:57:31
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GWENDOLYN! Three years're such a big girl now. I hope you had a great time at the magic kingdom, as if that wouldn't be possible. I look forward to hearing about it and seeing pictures of the good time.
Posted by Jon Ricotta on 2010-10-04 08:36:58
Happy, happy Miss G's birthday to ALL of you smile 'Lucy'
Posted by Helen on 2010-10-04 08:45:26
Oh the tears are flowing! What a beautiful tribute to your "Big Girl!" (who will always be your baby, even though she will hate being called that!!!) Happy Birthday Gwendolyn!
Posted by Lisa on 2010-10-04 09:08:35
what an amazing love story, pure and simple. such amazing parents and princess. xo
Posted by Barbra Mousouris on 2010-10-04 09:12:46
Simply beautiful! Happy Birthday Gwendolyn! We hope you have a fantastic day surrounded by princesses and magic! The best is yet to come!
Posted by Debby St. Onge on 2010-10-04 09:32:35
Happy Birthday Princess Gwendolyn!! May magical wishes abound!! Bug sends BIG birthday hugs to you. Tony, Kristin & Jadon
Posted by Kristin on 2010-10-04 09:34:20
Happy Birthday, Princess Gwendolyn! Hope you all have the best birthday and enjoy the best present of all--love and togetherness!
Posted by jillian steigauf on 2010-10-04 09:37:45
Happy Birthday Gwendolyn!! Such a beautiful milestone to celebrate. Wishing you the best day at Disneyland and many more happy times <3
Posted by Laura Ashley on 2010-10-04 10:05:39
What beautiful letters! Happy Birthday Beautiful Gwendolyn! Thank you for being such an inspiration to those of us who get our priorities mixed up. You are the epitome of courage, grace, joy, strength and beauty. I may not know you in person, but I love you just the same! Have a blast in Disneyland sweet girl!
Posted by Misty on 2010-10-04 10:23:58
Happy 3rd Birthday Miss Gwendolyn!!! What an amazing milestone!!! Disneyland!?! Amazing!!! And Victoria, that song at the end of the video is incredible!! What a beautiful way to celebrate 3 years of your little miracle smile
Posted by Tara Smith on 2010-10-04 10:31:21
Happy Birthday, beautiful Gwendolyn! What a gift you have been to so very many of us! Wishing you the best day ever!
Posted by Megan Morseth on 2010-10-04 10:46:58
happy birthday Gwendolyn!!!! what a special day it is today.. ENJOY today with your mommy and daddy--you are so very loved ! xoxo
Posted by Melodie on 2010-10-04 10:53:13
Happy birthday big girl Gwendolyn! You continue to inspire us and we love to watch you change and grow! We are all celebrating your very special day!
Posted by Kristen on 2010-10-04 10:57:24
Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday Gwendolyn!!! I hope you and your mommy and daddy have the best day ever and you enjoy every second of it! You look so beautiful in your newest pictures...I can't believe what a big girl you are now smile. Sending you lots of happy thoughts on this special day! My little girl just turned 2 on Saturday and it is just amazing how time flies by!
Posted by Emma B. on 2010-10-04 11:20:19
happy birthday little girl, you are the original "Little Star!" and I am honored to carry on the spirit of your name to all who pet me! God Bless on this special day! Love, Little Star Pony
Posted by little star on 2010-10-04 11:32:19
happy 3rd birthday beautiful girl!
Posted by maggie on 2010-10-04 12:15:56
Happy Birthday Gwendolyn!! Hope you are having a blast on your birthday!
Posted by Tammy Duke on 2010-10-04 13:54:01
Happy Birthday 3rd Birthday Gwendolyn!!!
Posted by Jessica on 2010-10-04 14:10:55
Happy, Happy Birthday to Gwendolyn!!!
Posted by emomatic on 2010-10-04 14:41:22
Happy Birthday Gwendolyn!!
Posted by Camila on 2010-10-04 14:44:05
Happy Birthday Gwendolyn. You and your family are an inspiration.
Posted by Jack on 2010-10-04 14:48:46
I wish you a very very very happy birthday Gwendolyn. Enjoy your stay Disneyland. Hug and kiss Mickey Mouse for us and take tons of pictures with all the Disney Princesses!
Posted by Jhari on 2010-10-04 15:12:56
Happy Birthday Gwendolyn! We hope that your birthday is spectacular. MJ & Brenda
Posted by MJ & Brenda of B4SMA on 2010-10-04 15:25:38
Happy Birthday Gwendolyn!!! Love, Scarlett
Posted by Scarlett Landefeld on 2010-10-04 15:43:37
Happy 3rd birthday Gwendolyn. Hoping so much that you and your wonderful Mommy and Daddy can share many more birthdays. Much love
Posted by MT Grandma on 2010-10-04 15:53:25
Happy Birthday, Gwendolyn!
Posted by Justin Morseth on 2010-10-04 16:45:55
Wow, what a beautiful picture of my 'lil princess. Enjoy your fabu Disneyland vacation!! Happy 3rd Birthday!
Posted by Auntie Weez on 2010-10-04 16:55:49
Happiest of Birthdays to you Gwendolyn!! You are such a ray of light to so many. You encourage us to stretch and push ourselves past our (known) limits just like you do everyday! Sweet sweet girl, you have changed me forever. I hope you enjoyed your princess day!! So much fun in store for you this year!!!
Posted by Penny on 2010-10-04 17:54:23
*****Happy*****3RD*****BIRTHDAY***** Princess Gwendolyn!! What an amazing birthday you will have at Disneyland! We wish you a very Happy Birthday! Aubriana sends hugs to you!
Posted by Shellie Lopes on 2010-10-04 17:55:22
Happy 3rd birthday, sweet Gwendolyn! We hope you are having an absolutely amazing day. Big birthday hugs from Winnipeg.
Posted by Colin C. on 2010-10-04 19:42:35
I am wearing my TEAM GWEN shirt today in honor of G's birthday today!!! Can't wait to hear about D-land. We need advice for our first time next week. I need to know what G liked, LOVED and what we should stay away from. xx, R
Posted by Ronda on 2010-10-04 20:45:30
Happy Happy 3rd Birthday Miss Gwendolyn!!!! I have been happily reading all of the pre-birthday blog posts and can't wait to hear all about Disneyland! You are all amazing! Much love and hugs
Posted by Dria on 2010-10-04 21:55:23
Happy Happy Happy Birthday Gwendolyn!! It is such a blessing to know you and to watch you grow into such a beautiful big grl. I hope you are having a fabulous time at Disneyland and meeting everyone Disney. Lots of love, Mari and Phil
Posted by Mari aka "Thorney" on 2010-10-04 22:01:48
Happy Birthday Princess Gwendolyn! We are thinking of you and hoping you are having a wonderful time with the other princesses at Disneyland. With love, Owen and Mimi
Posted by Holly on 2010-10-05 09:22:07
Happy 3rd Birthday!!! Disneyland is the perfect place for a perfect big girl princess like you, Gwendolyn!!! I wish you a very fun and princess-filled 3rd birthday. You are amazing and always bring a smile on my face !!!! Love, Deirdre
Posted by Deirdre on 2010-10-05 15:11:17
Happy birthday to you.....happy birthday to you...happy birthday sweet Gwendolyn.....happy birthday to you!!!!! May all of your wishes come true on this oh-so special day smile Love, Marilynn, Roland, Diego & Lorenzo
Posted by Marilynn on 2010-10-05 16:38:55
I hope that you all had the most wonderful day celebrating such a special big girl! Thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us - you are ALL truly an inspiration!
Posted by Legally Fabulous on 2010-10-05 21:21:09
Happy Birthday Princess Gwendolyn! Hope you are having a blast in Disneyland. Can't wait to see the pictures. May all your wishes come true - you are such an inspiration! Love, Meike, Sophie and Andrew
Posted by Meike on 2010-10-05 21:54:16
Happy, Happy Birthday to our sweet Gwendolyn! We love you and your parents so much and we are honored to know you all! You inspire us all and we send a ton of hugs and kisses your way for your birthday! Love, Chad, Cherisse, Dallin, Jocey and Lucy
Posted by Cherisse on 2010-10-06 14:19:40
Beautiful! Gwendolyn, I know you don't know how much of an inspiration you are to others--not yet, anyway--but you are beautiful and bright. Happy happy birthday!!!!
Posted by Devon on 2010-10-07 18:44:45

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