For Eva on your 6th Birthday

Eva,

How are we here again so soon? Another year gone in the blink of an eye, just twelve short months since I sat here writing to you on your fifth birthday. For today you are six and, as proud as I am that you have grown so beautifully, I can’t help but swallow the lump in my throat that you will never again be five.

It’s funny because six years ago, before you came screaming into the world at 7.45pm, just as Manchester United was about to kick off (something your big brother still holds against you all these years later), I found it impossible to imagine a life with you in it. After the most terrifying 35 weeks carrying you, when I was so convinced that you wouldn’t make it, I simply could not allow myself to believe that you would be ours to keep.

And now, six wonderful years later, I find it impossible to imagine a life without you.

And despite all of my worries and fears that I wouldn’t bond with you as I should, so desperate to protect myself from any more heartache, the moment you opened those big blue eyes and looked into mine, I knew that everything would be okay. And it was.

Six years on and I find it so hard to see the four of you grow so fast, to accept that the older you, Lewis, Megan and Harry get, the more redundant I become. And yet with you, I feel wanted, and needed, every single day. You are the one who will always rush into my arms, slip your little hand in mine, snuggle up beside me and tell me, a hundred times a day, “I love you Mama.”

Your favourite thing to do is to write, just like Mummy, and I have hundreds of notes you have sent me this year, all kept safely in the front page of my journal, literally bursting at the seams. And one day when I am old and grey, and you are preoccupied with a family of your own, those notes will be my most treasured possession I’m sure, and for that reason I can’t bear to part with a single one.

This year has been tough for you Eva, something which broke all of our hearts . Seeing you struggle to settle at school was the hardest thing I have ever faced as a parent and, although I tried my hardest to help you with your fears, I spent so much of this last year feeling that I had failed you. For every morning you cried into my arms, and every bedtime you sobbed into your pillow, I felt every single one of your worries and fears, and I would have done anything at all to take them away from you.

And yet now, after the most amazing efforts from your teacher, you have finally discovered that school can be a whole world of wonderful. You have started looking forward to seeing your friends, learning new things, and every single day you amaze me with something new. Just the other week you stood on stage in your class assembly and, for the first time in six years, you found the confidence to say your line out loud, so lovely and clear, and I have never been more proud of you.

I guess that’s a word we use a lot when we talk about you – proud. And I am proud, the proudest mummy in all the world, from the moment you were placed into my arms and every second of every day since. Not only are you breathtakingly beautiful but you are the kindest, most loving, clever and intuitive little girl in all the world. Every time somebody stops us in the supermarket to comment on your big blue eyes, or to marvel at your hair, right down to your waist, I feel ten feet tall. Every night when you sit down and read to me, or present me with your latest masterpiece, I burst with pride a thousand times over.

We’ve had the most fun together this year haven’t we? So many days out and family holidays away, and you have adored every single one. From our Summer in Devon to Autumn in Scotland, our days have been filled with so much adventure, and yet my favourite memory of you this year is from our camping trip to Anglesey, a last minute bid to enjoy the last of sunshine, and quite possibly the best holiday we’ve ever had.

I have genuinely never seen you look as happy as you did sat there, crabbing on the pier, the sun on your face, a twinkle in your eye, your whole face lighting up with excitement every time you reeled in a crab. “I can teach crabs to dance!” you told me, “They do it just like this!” And dancing up and down the pier, moving your arms and legs from side to side, hysterical with laughter, is one memory I will cherish for always.

Because five was a wonderful year for you in so many ways Eva. It was the year you discovered a love of the theatre, the hot tub, and “going out for tea”, the year you rode a bike, built dens and cardboard forts.

Five was the year you searched for fairies in bluebell woods, played at princesses in lavender fields, climbed trees, splashed in streams, ate picnics with grubby hands and a wet bottom.

Five was the year you picked strawberries and pumpkins, made daisy chains in the garden, whizzed down the zip wires at the park, the year you woke every single morning and asked “Where shall we go today?”.

Five was the year you went camping, built sandcastles, jumped waves, rode donkeys, dug holes, played football, felt the sun on your face and begged me, “Can we please stay here forever?”.

Five was the year you learned it’s okay to be silly and lose your inhibitions; the year you, Megan and Harry joined forces to cause mayhem, run riot, and spent your days filled with laughter….and often tears!

Five was the year you welcomed Meggy to school each day, when you skipped down the road holding hands, played gymnastics at play time, and rushed into each others arms at pick up.

Five was the year when Megan was your bestest friend in all the world.

Five was the year you learned to protect Harry, the year Lewis was your absolute hero and Joseph was never far from your thoughts.

Five was the year we went back to Lapland, when you were utterly certain of Father Christmas, of fairies and magic; when you dreamed of owning a pet unicorn and believed that anything was possible.

Five was the year you climbed trees and rode rollercoasters, flew down water slides and shed your arm bands. Five was the year you found your voice, your feet, and your courage.

Last night I asked you, “Will you still love me when you’re six?”, and, as you threw your arms around my neck, you told me, “I’ll love you more because there will be more of me to love you!”. And as I sniffed away my tears and drank in one last hug of being five, I willed with all my heart that you will always love me just as much as you do right now.

Happy 6th Birthday to my beautiful little rainbow, you have brightened my very darkest days.

Love you all the stars in the sky.

xxxxx

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178 Comments

  1. February 23, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    A beautiful letter asalways, so so glad that school is going better. I think six is going to be a wonderful year x

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:24 pm

      Thank you, I really hope so! xx

  2. February 23, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    Aww this is such a beautiful letter, what an amazing thing for you both to look back on in the future and remember all those things that were loved and learned in the year.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:24 pm

      Thank you Sarah! xx

  3. February 23, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    Happy Birthdayday Eva! What a fantastic year of pictures and memories. May the next 12 months be just as phenomenal!
    C x

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:23 pm

      Thank you Charli! xx

  4. Helen
    February 23, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    Happy Birthday Eva, I hope your 6th birthday has been amazing.
    This is so beautiful Laura, I’m so glad she’s settled in to school now. I was heartbreaking to read last year so cant imagine how it must have been for you guys.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:22 pm

      Thank you so much Helen. Ahh it was just awful, I can’t tell you how amazing it is to see her enjoying school! I’m so proud of her! xx

  5. February 23, 2018 / 9:49 pm

    Oh such a beautiful letter you have penned to Eva. She will love reading this when she is a lot older. Here’s a big huge birthday wish for the beautiful princess. Hope she has had an amazing birthday and will continue to enjoy the year.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:22 pm

      Thank you so much. I really hope she enjoys reading these when she is older! xx

  6. February 23, 2018 / 10:11 pm

    Aw, she sounds like a really loving little girl. Hope she’s enjoyed her birthday

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:21 pm

      Thank you Emma, she is such an adorable little girl. I’m very lucky! xx

  7. February 23, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    This is just so lovely to read . – I hope you can look back at this post together when she is older and she can see how much you love her! So many beautiful and happy pictures, made me smile.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:20 pm

      Ahh thank you Rachel, me too! xx

  8. February 23, 2018 / 11:33 pm

    Happy 6th birthday to this cutie pie! I hope she has a lovely day today. This post couldn’t be more sweet and heartfelt. They grow up so fast and sometimes it’s tough to keep up.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:19 pm

      Thank you so much Alison, she had a great day! xx

  9. February 24, 2018 / 12:21 am

    Happy birthday Eva! I hope you have the best day ever! I think this letter from your mom is really very sweet, you’re both lucky to have each other. It feels as if time just flew by!

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:19 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Carol. xx

  10. February 24, 2018 / 8:16 am

    Happy Birthday Eva, so glad to hear that you have finally settled at school

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:18 pm

      Thank you Kara! xx

  11. February 24, 2018 / 8:57 am

    Aw bless, they grow up so fast. Enjoy this time while they’re young! Happy Birthday Eva!

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:18 pm

      Thank you Elizabeth! xx

  12. February 24, 2018 / 10:41 am

    When I read that her question of will you still love me at six almost brought you to tears….the first thing I thought was that one day she’ll look back and read this letter one day and it will probably bring her to tears. Beautifully written.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:17 pm

      Ahh thank you so much, she is such a special little girl to us. xx

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:16 pm

      Thank you so much. xx

  13. February 24, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    Oh my goodness, talk about wistfulness! This is absolutely precious and Eva is a little doll! This is one for the baby book, Mom because she will come to cherish reading this as she gets older. Happy Birthday, Eva!

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:13 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Kristi. She’s a very special little girl. xx

  14. February 24, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    Oh my what a beautiful letter to your daughter. She will cherish it forever.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:12 pm

      Thank you Tammy xx

  15. February 24, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    What a truly sweet letter. Little Eva sounds like a magical little girl.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:12 pm

      Thank you Amanda. xx

  16. Sheleen Johnson
    February 24, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    This was a beautifully heartfelt letter, I felt the love you have for your daughter. You have a lovely family.x

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:11 pm

      Thank you Sheleen. xx

  17. Komal
    February 24, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    This is such a beautiful letter and such a wonderful idea. I wish to do this one day for my child and to give them something remember.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:11 pm

      Thank you Komal. xx

  18. February 24, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    aww what a sweet post. Such a beautiful letter. Loving the idea of this post. Kids grow up so fast! My mum always tells me how she feels like i was still a baby not so long ago! And that how weird it was to so me leave for uni! xx corinne

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:11 pm

      Thank you so much. Yes I think it’s only now I have children that I realise how my Mum must have felt too! xx

  19. February 24, 2018 / 5:23 pm

    That was absolutely precious. What a beautiful little girl inside and out. I pray she has many, many wonderful years with you as her mommy. You look like a wonderful parent.

  20. Chris Wong
    February 24, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    This is lovely! I love the idea that your kids can read this blog when they’re older. It reminds me of the ‘time capsule’ concept.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:09 pm

      Thank you Chris, I really hope they enjoy these letters when they are older. xx

  21. February 24, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    Happy birthday you little gorgeous princess ! wishing you the best in life and may all your wishes& dreams come true
    Congratulation darling 🙂 you have such beautiful children

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:07 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Denni. xx

  22. Laurence
    February 24, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    Wow that was a heartfelt letter you’ve got for your daughter. Time flies so fast . That was an achievement for your girl to overcome her struggles to settle at school. Good job for her. Happy six birthday to your daughter. She’s lucky to have you 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:06 pm

      Thank you so much Laurence, and I’m very lucky to have her. xx

  23. February 24, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    Happy birthday to your little girl, she is gorgeous! And your letter to her was so heart warming! What a beautiful family you have!

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 6:01 pm

      Ahh thank you Joanna! xx

  24. February 24, 2018 / 10:46 pm

    Such beautiful letter! And I absolutely love the photography.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      Thank you so much xx

  25. February 24, 2018 / 10:50 pm

    What a beautiful way to tell her story. With pictures and narration, I was pulled in from the very start. Y’all have a beautiful family.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      Thank you so much xx

  26. February 24, 2018 / 11:28 pm

    What a lovely way to celebrate 5 years. Such a nice post, you have a lovely family.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 5:58 pm

      Ahh thank you so much. xx

  27. February 25, 2018 / 8:56 am

    Our girls have the same birthday! My eldest just turned 7. Oh how time flies! Your girls really could be mistaken for twins! Happy birthday Eva!

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 5:55 pm

      Ahh happy birthday to your daughter! It’s definitely a great day to celebrate a birthday. xx

  28. February 25, 2018 / 10:41 am

    What a beautiful letter and what a beautiful daughter you have I loved this

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 5:54 pm

      Thank you Vicky xx

  29. February 25, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    Your letter is heartwarming, I wish I have written a letter too for my daughter each year from the time she was born. For her to remember how happy I was as a father. Happy birthday to you Eva.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 5:53 pm

      Thank you so much. xx

  30. February 25, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    Aww what a lovely blog post, you must be so proud of your little girl.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 5:53 pm

      Thank you xxx

  31. February 25, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    You have so love family. Love reading your beautiful letter to Eva.Happy birthday and my best wishes!!

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 5:52 pm

      Ahh thank you so much xx

  32. Autumn
    February 25, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    You have a beautiful family. Happy birthday to your little cutie!

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 5:51 pm

      Thank you Autumn. xx

  33. February 25, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    This was beautiful. How lucky is she! She will be able to read this back later on in life. What a beautiful gift.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 5:51 pm

      Thank you Emilie. I do hope one day they all read back these letters and remember how loved they were. xx

  34. February 25, 2018 / 5:09 pm

    This is heartwarming. I feel exactly the same with each of my kids. And now that my youngest is turning three soon. I feel like I’m always looking at baby pictures and videos and always feeling nostlagic. You have a beautiful family.

    • Laura Dove
      February 25, 2018 / 5:50 pm

      Ah thank you so much. Time goes away too fast doesn’t it? xx

  35. February 25, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    Stunning photos as ever Laura. Eva seems to have crammed a lot into this year and Caitlin will be so jealous that she met a live parrot x

  36. February 25, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Aw this is such a lovely memory, great to look back on for years to come. Your little family is adorable! Your two girls are clearly the best of friends and they always look so happy in your photos! Happy 6th birthday Eva!

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 3:10 pm

      Thank you Olivia. Oh they are the best of friends, it makes me very proud! xx

  37. February 25, 2018 / 10:56 pm

    Aw wow what a beautiful post. Such a fabulously written piece that’ll be great to look back on in years to come and remember all the little things xxx

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 3:08 pm

      Thank you so much. xx

  38. February 26, 2018 / 12:34 am

    This post brought me to tears, happy ones. Your writing style makes me feel so close to you as you are so open and you give words such a higher intensity.
    Eva will definitely become a writer, I can see it from now. She is so beautiful, inside and out and always seeing pictures with her on Instagram brightens my day as I feel she emanates so much (pure) Joy.

    Happy birthday, blessed child ! ♥

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 3:07 pm

      Ahh Catalina, thank you so much, that’s so kind of you to say. She is a very special little girl, she absolutely helped to heal my heart and I will never stop pinching myself that she is really ours to keep. xx

  39. Emma Steve
    February 26, 2018 / 5:40 am

    Wow this is such a beautiful letter! You have a little adorable family. Stunning photos.

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 3:06 pm

      Thank you Emma. xx

  40. February 26, 2018 / 7:23 am

    This is so stunning! It’s hit me really hard as my girl is five, almost six and everything you said is so true! The love of life that five year olds seem to have is amazing and while watching my own daughter makes me proud every day, it does, like you, make me a little sad that my baby is growing up. Anyway, this is a truly beautiful piece. Really!

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 3:06 pm

      Thank you Laura. Its so hard to see then grow, but also lovely as they develop into the most amazing little (big!) people! I just wish that time would slow down a little! xx

  41. February 26, 2018 / 7:27 am

    What an absolutely stunning letter! You’re children are blessed to have a mother filled with such love!
    Happy 6th Birthday to your beautiful daughter!
    Siobhan x

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 3:05 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Siobhan! xx

  42. Tracey Abrahams
    February 26, 2018 / 8:44 am

    So many beautiful pictures here and beautiful memories. This is a wonderful way to record your little girls years. #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 3:05 pm

      Thank you Tracey. xx

  43. February 26, 2018 / 9:27 am

    This was an absolutely beautiful post, here is to six being the best year ever x

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 3:05 pm

      Thank you Charli. xx

  44. February 26, 2018 / 10:16 am

    She has really had a wonderful year of adventures and memories!! Happy Birthday Eva!! #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 3:04 pm

      Thank you Heather! xx

  45. February 26, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    “I love you Mama.” is the best feeling ever, whenever my son says this to me, I feel I am top of the world and yes, your writing style is just awesome!

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 3:04 pm

      Best three words ever aren’t they? Thank you so much. xx

  46. February 26, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    What a beautiful post Laura! LP is growing up fast too – he’ll be 8 in April and I still can’t believe it. He does still like to hold my hand when we’re walking to school and I have to admit to clinging to him for life because I’m afraid of the day he chooses not to!
    I hope Eva has a wonderful birthday!
    #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 3:03 pm

      Thank you Morgan. It’s always hard to see them grow, Lewis is 14 in April and I’m sure he was just four!! xx

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 3:02 pm

      Thank you so much! xx

  47. February 26, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    Happy 6th birthday Eva, what a beautiful post and what a beautiful little family you have there. Enjoy your special day xx #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 3:02 pm

      Thank you so much, she had a wonderful day! xx

  48. February 26, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Happy birthday, poppet. don’t the years just fly in 🙂 your family is just so gorgeous Laura. I love reading your families post, always so much thought put into them and they are so heartfelt 🙂 xx

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 4:44 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Lynne, I’m a very proud Mummy. xx

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      Thank you Lynne. I love writing these posts each year, I so hope that one day she looks back on them and remembers just how special her childhood was. xx

  49. February 26, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    Such a beautiful girl. and such a lovely, heartfelt post for her 6th birthday 🙂 hope you have a brilliant day Eva xx

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you so much Becca. She is the most special little girl, totally biased I know! xx

  50. February 26, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    Oh. So sweet. I love your letter, so beautifully written. I can imagine how you are as a mom. Am sure, Eva will enjoy every moment of her 6th. Happy birthday Princess. By the way, lovely pics.

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 8:50 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Nathan. She is an absolute dream and we have been so lucky! xx

  51. February 26, 2018 / 6:41 pm

    Stunning photos and a couple of places I recognise I think…Chester Zoo, Beaumaris Pier (going crabbing is the law if you visit Beaumaris – just watch out for those seagulls!). I got very emotional reading and was keeping it together until I got to the bit when she said that when she turned six there would be more of her to love you. That is just priceless. Lovely post #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 8:49 pm

      Ahh thank you Mel, I cried writing this, just as I do every year!! And yes, Beaumauris is my absolute favourite place we have ever been. That week away was a spur of the moment decision, it cost next to nothing, but it was the best few days we have ever spent together. I am so excited to go back there this year…although yes! The seagulls were vicious!! Than you for your lovely comment. xx

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 8:48 pm

      Thank you Tracy! xx

  52. February 26, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    This made me smile lots 🙂 Happy 6th Birthday Eva

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you Jenni. xx

  53. February 26, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    Beautiful tribute for a beautiful girl and what gorgeous photos capturing some special memories too #BigPinkLink

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2018 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you Kate! xx

  54. February 26, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    Ah this is beautiful and has inspired me to also write a letter to my daughter – she is turning four in a few weeks. Fantastic photos! #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      March 1, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you so much, I love to write their birthday letters each year. xx

  55. February 26, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    What a heartwarming letter. Eva is a beautiful child. God bless

    • Laura Dove
      March 1, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you so much xx

  56. February 26, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Such a lovely letter. It’ll mean so much to them all when they’re older to read these words. Hope this year is full of good things for you and yours.

    • Laura Dove
      March 1, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you, I really hope so too! xx

  57. February 27, 2018 / 6:47 am

    I swore I wasn’t going to cry, but I did. Beautiful post, amazing pictures, wonderful girl, special love. Hope she had a fab birthday. #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      March 1, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      Ahh thank you so much for reading, I had a little (okay a big) cry writing this. There is something so emotional about birthdays isn’t there…even more so when your babies have grown so fast. xx

  58. February 27, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    Beautiful as always Laura. I have a tear in my eye. Hope she has a wonderful birthday. I always remember when Big turned 6. He burst into out bedroom on the morning of his birthday ran straight to the full length mirror and catching sight of his reflection looked completely crestfallen. When i asked him what was wrong he said “I thought I would be bigger now I am 6”!!! #BigPinkLink

    • Laura Dove
      March 1, 2018 / 8:31 pm

      Ahh that’s utterly adorable!! It’s funny how children see their birthday isn’t it, as though they will have grown over night rather than just one day older. That one day is pretty huge when you’re a child. Thank you for reading my lovely. xx

  59. February 27, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    Oh Laura, this is so beautifully written. You have captured a whole year so wonderfully with your words and pictures. You can see there is such a wonderful bond between everyone of you and that is something I really hope flourishes with us, the twins and Ben.
    Happy Birthday Eva, may your Sixth year be as wonderful and eventful as your fifth!
    Thanks for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

    • Laura Dove
      March 1, 2018 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you so much. Eva was so long awaited by so many people and she was everything we dreamt of and more. There is nothing more amazing than seeing your children together, you are going have the most amazing adventure with your three boys! xxx

      • March 9, 2018 / 12:45 pm

        oooo I really cant wait to see them together! If its anything like Ben is with one of our cats, he’s gonna bombard them with affection! #sharingthebloglove

        • Laura Dove
          March 9, 2018 / 7:33 pm

          Ahh that’s so lovely. One of my best friends is pregnant with twins so I’m super excited about it too! xx

  60. February 27, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    Happy Birthday Eva! Such a beautiful girl, inside and out. What a wonderful trip down memories made. xx

    • Laura Dove
      March 1, 2018 / 8:28 pm

      Thank you Beth, she really is very precious! xx

  61. February 27, 2018 / 11:34 pm

    This is beautifully written, it made me cry! I love those photos of your daughters together too, there is so much love in them.
    #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      March 1, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Louise. I cried writing it, its been a wonderful year in so many ways. xx

  62. February 28, 2018 / 6:37 am

    Happy birthday to your sweet little girl!! She is so beautiful!!

    • Laura Dove
      March 1, 2018 / 8:22 pm

      Thank you so much Dee! xx

  63. February 28, 2018 / 11:54 am

    You have me in tears I am so happy you got your rainbow baby, it must have been terribly scary wondering if she would be born safely and she was! She is amazing and I love that she loves to write like you that is super sweet! Happy birthday to your sweet girl xx #dreamteam

    • Laura Dove
      March 1, 2018 / 8:18 pm

      Ahh thank you my lovely. She really is the best thing that happened to us as a family and everyone adores her. I also love that she wants to be a writer like Mummy, I was exactly the same at her age! xx

  64. February 28, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    Such a beautiful letter and such a wonderful year. I’m so happy that she is settling into school much better and can now start to enjoy it. Bless her little heart

    • Laura Dove
      March 1, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      Thank you Stephanie. It’s so lovely to see her thriving! xx

  65. March 1, 2018 / 10:32 am

    A wonderful and heartfelt tribute as always. I’m sure Eva has a fantastic year ahead of her.

    • Laura Dove
      March 1, 2018 / 8:07 pm

      Thank you Nadia, I’m sure she does! xx

  66. March 2, 2018 / 11:15 am

    She’s beautiful! This is beautiful! What lovely memories you have made in the last year and I’m sure there will be alot more to come! Well done and I look forward to reading more.

    • March 2, 2018 / 11:16 am

      #DreamTeam

    • Laura Dove
      March 2, 2018 / 12:41 pm

      Thank you Nita, I’m sure that six will be wonderful! xx

  67. March 2, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    What a beautiful post for lovely Eva. I’m so glad to hear she is more settled at school. Your photos are stunning; I especially love the unicorn one! #thatfridaylinky

    • Laura Dove
      March 2, 2018 / 10:06 pm

      Thank you Sophie. Ahh that was daddy working his magic, there’s nothing he won’t do for the children! xx

  68. March 2, 2018 / 9:35 pm

    Happy birthday Eva beautiful letter and fantastic photos Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

    • Laura Dove
      March 2, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you Nige! I’ll be back next week for sure! xx

  69. March 2, 2018 / 9:49 pm

    Your letters are always beautifully honest and make me feel the emotion as you write! What a year you’ve had and I’m so happy for you all with how school has improved! Happy 6th Birthday #TriumphantTales

    • Laura Dove
      March 2, 2018 / 9:56 pm

      Ahh thank you so much, its a huge relief to have our little girl back! xx

  70. March 3, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    This is a truly delightful post to your daughter. #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      March 3, 2018 / 1:27 pm

      Thank you so much Helena. xx

  71. March 4, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    Such a lovely post- one that Eva is going to love rereading when she is older. Such a beautiful little girl.

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

    • Laura Dove
      March 4, 2018 / 4:31 pm

      Thank you Nicola, I would have loved to have these letters to look back on from when I was small so I hope the children really enjoy them! xx

  72. March 4, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    Awww this is beautiful! Such a wonderful selection of pictures and memories. I am so glad she has conquered school and will love you more now since there is more of her to love. I love the way they see things. An oh my all that hair when she was tiny so cute xx

    • Laura Dove
      March 4, 2018 / 10:32 pm

      Thank you Claire, she was the most adorable baby wasn’t she? I can’t believe she is SIX already! It’s been a whirlwind! xx

  73. March 4, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    Aw what a gorgeous letter. Happy Birthday Eva! What amazing memories #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      March 4, 2018 / 10:29 pm

      Thank you Laura, she’s had a wonderful year! xx

  74. March 4, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    Beautiful words, beautiful pictures, beautiful daughter that you’re rightly proud of. Beautiful post Laura! #kcacols

    • Laura Dove
      March 4, 2018 / 10:29 pm

      Thank you Carol, I’m a very proud Mummy! xx

  75. March 5, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    Beautiful Laura and I’m so pleased that the biggest thing has been the turnaround for her (and you) with school. I know what a difference this has meant for you both. She sounds just like Alice, she is always the one to hug me constantly and tell me she loves. Constantly writing and I too have so many little notes from her. Aren’t we lucky to have such beautiful girls? We have to make sure we all meet up this summer. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  76. March 5, 2018 / 2:18 pm

    What a stunning way to capture such a precious year of memories. Your photos are simply breathtaking Laura. Happy birthday Eva. Thank you for sharing this with us at #DreamTeam x

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Dawn, she’s a very special little girl that’s for sure! xx

  77. March 5, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    Oh Laura, this is BEAUTIFUL! What a year of gorgeous memories, truly the stuff that childhood is made of. I’m so pleased that she’d finding her way with school, and that you’re finally seeing her shine there in the same way that she shines at home. And it’s so clear in your photos and your writing just how much she shines! Happy birthday Eva, I hope it was a brilliant one! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Laura Dove
      March 5, 2018 / 9:01 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Katy. I waited for such a long time for Eva to come along and I genuinely can’t tell you how she took away so much of my heartache. We are so lucky to have her, and to see her happy really does mean the world! xx

  78. March 5, 2018 / 10:23 pm

    Oh Laura, you always make me so emotional when I read your writing! This is just so lovely, and so full of love. Gorgeous collection of photos too! x #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      March 6, 2018 / 6:42 pm

      Ahh thank you so much! She is such a special little girl to us. xx

  79. March 6, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Aw Laura, this letter got me all emotional! Happy Birthday Eva! What beautiful photos and beautiful children. #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      March 7, 2018 / 12:47 pm

      Ahh thank you Becky, I had a little cry writing it! xx

  80. March 8, 2018 / 9:28 am

    What a lovely letter and pics, it’s heart wrenching when your children are unhappy and you can’t seem to fix it for them. Glad she’s settling into school now x #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      March 8, 2018 / 11:42 pm

      Thank you Frankie, its been a huge relief! xx

  81. March 8, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Happy Birthday to your (big) little lady! my eldest daughter is 6 next month and honestly I just want to freeze time (with her anyway, I wouldn’t mind the baby growing up a little and sleeping a bit more! :-)) #SharingTheBlogLove

    • Laura Dove
      March 8, 2018 / 11:39 pm

      Ahh its so scary isn’t it? SIX!! It feels so grown up all of a sudden! xx

  82. March 8, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Happy Birthday to your (big) little lady! my eldest daughter is 6 next month and honestly I just want to freeze time (with her anyway, I wouldn’t mind the baby growing up a little and sleeping a bit more! :-)) #SharingTheBlogLove

  83. March 8, 2018 / 11:24 am

    Gorgeous, and so many lovely pictures, i am so glad that it is working out with school, I know from my Eva it is so very tough when they are struggling x #SharingTheBlogLove

    • Laura Dove
      March 8, 2018 / 11:36 pm

      Thank you Laura, I’m SO relieved that things have turned around for us. xx

  84. March 8, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    That is the cutest picture of newborn Eva. Happy birthday to her. #kcacols

    • Laura Dove
      March 8, 2018 / 11:19 pm

      Ahh thank you so much. xx

  85. March 15, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    Ahhh Laura!! You always make me tear up!! I’ve been reading your letters to your children for a while now and I agree, the time goes so fast, it’s terrifying! So pleased that Eva has settled into school now and seems to be loving it. What a lovely letter for her and you to look back on in years to come. xxx #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      March 15, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      Ahh thank you Cheryl. I cried writing this if I’m honest, six seems so grown up doesn’t it? She’s had such a journey this year, I can’t quite believe the change in her in 12 short months. xx

  86. March 16, 2018 / 11:19 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! Happy birthday Eva! #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      March 18, 2018 / 7:37 pm

      Thank you so much! xx

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