When I was a little girl, I had this dream. That someday I would grow up, be swept off my feet by my prince charming, get married and have a little girl of my own. She would be sweet, kind, loving, with a sprinkle of precociousness for good measure. I even had her name picked out, Madeleine. And lucky for me, my dream did come true. Not exactly as I had planned — she doesn’t have dark curls like me, and she didn’t come first. But she is so much more than I could have planned or even dared to dream. So full of love and all things lovely.
She is my second child and like most second-born children, she doesn’t always get a lot of alone time with mommy. So not too long ago, we headed out just the two of us (and her bestie Hippo, of course) to pick wildflowers, play in the sunset and eat a special after-dinner treat. It was a special time for us, and especially for me, as she invited me to enter her magical world where hippos talk, fairies fly and dreams really do come true. I love you, Madeleine.