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Today she turns ten–so of course we had a little birthday photo session!  As you can imagine, today will be a big day for us.  She and I will go out for lunch.  Then maybe we’ll get a pedicure or meet up with Dad at his work.  Our family will eat one of her favorite meals for dinner, followed up by Oreo ice cream cake and presents.  And somewhere in there she and I will talk.  We will reflect on the decade past.  Of the day she was born with those juicy baby cheeks.  Of all the sweet memories I could never forget.  And we will talk about the decade to come.  Of the changes that will come all too quickly for this mama as she watches another daughter cross over into another 10 years.  And I will have the same discussion with her as I did with her sister when she turned ten–authentic beauty.  What is it?  And who will she allow to define it for her?

My husband was very opinionated about what name she was to have back when I was just months into my pregancy.  One look at her the day she was born and I couldn’t have agreed more.  Abigail Grace.  Named after a strong, wise, and beautiful woman of centuries and centuries past.  So a few months ago I couldn’t help but chuckle when her oldest brother reported back to us what will be my favorite quote coming out of our family this year.  After a long, drawn-out argument with a group of older boys at her friend’s house, Abby finally piped up and yelled, “Oh yeah?!  Bring it on!  ‘Cuz I’m a Rauch–and Rauch girls are strong and brave and FIERCE!”

Then she went on to prove that she was.

Strong and brave and fierce.  And gentle and kind and wise.  In this crazy world of ours, I couldn’t ask for a better combination for my daughter.  Happy, happy birthday, Abby girl!  I couldn’t be more grateful to be your mom!

(How about you?  Would you like to book a milestone session for your child’s birthday or other occasion?  If so, I have just added a Petite Session that is designed specifically for individual children.  You can check out my pricing page HERE and/or contact me HERE for more details.   If you book a Petite Session for a child you love in the next 48 hours of this post, you will receive 10% off all final purchases in honor of Abby’s 10th birthday.  Just mention this offer when you get in touch with me!)

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