February 17, 2011 | My Jottings

Today is Clara Pearl’s ninth birthday.

We were talking last night about how vividly we remember our first awe-filled glimpse of her. She was wrapped up in a hospital blanket, hair still damp, and she was quietly peering at me, trying to focus, as I held her in my first-time grandma arms.

This sweet photo was taken by her Auntie Sharon several weeks ago. Clara likes to read, draw, swim, build snow dinosaurs, and direct people. She loves her three younger siblings and takes delight in their cuteness and accomplishments.

Nine years have flown by. In another nine she’ll be eighteen; I can’t bear that.

Grandchildren make you rich. My life of lavish wealth began nine years ago today.


  1. Ganeida says:

    She is gorgeous! You are very blessed. ?

  2. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Ganeida….she is a blessing to everyone in her family. 🙂

  3. Dorothy Sooter says:

    Please tell her that great-grandmother Dorothy always seems to be late with birthday cards. Their Grandpa would never have let this happen. She is beautiful and am sure she is very smart and so very lucky to have you and Michael as grandparents.

  4. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Dorothy – wish you could see her. 🙂

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