Our Beautiful Bella Is Turning 5…..

I never knew just how much I could love someone until I met you.

Just when your dad and I thought we had everything figured out, and thought we knew our capacity to love …. you changed everything. You made me realize the depths of love that God created a mother to have. The mere sound of your cry as a baby- and still to this day- makes me want to drop everything just to rush to you. As our first baby, you carved a special place in our hearts that we can’t ever describe. We are nothing less than hopelessly in love with you.

You are the one who made me a “mommy”.  And although I can’t keep you this small forever {sniff}, I find more joy than you’ll ever know in the small day-to-day moments with you. I soak up every hug and kiss, every request to sit on my lap and cuddle with me, every high pitched giggle … I even have a special cupboard where I store away and cherish the artwork you draw for me. The mundane tasks of running errands or cooking dinner, are made more joyful when you are right at my side. I love our conversations, and the way you want to help me do everything.  I love knowing that I have a best friend for life.

You are an incredible big sister, a sweet friend, and the most wonderful daughter I could have ever asked for. And  oh-my-goodness you are gorgeous. There are moments during the day that I actually find myself staring at you, marveling in disbelief at how I ever deserved you.

This week you will turn five years old, and yet it still feels like yesterday that I brought you home from the hospital. I am torn with feelings of sadness to see you growing so fast- and yet I can’t wait to experience some of life greatest moments with you as you get older….  So happy birthday to you, our sweet Isabella.  We love you to the moon and back.

Please enjoy this little video tribute to our beautiful Bella …. I still can’t watch it without crying!

{ note: it should already be in HQ, so you don’t have to press anything. And it’s larger than the usual slideshows, so you may need to allow it to fully load before watching it }

We love you Bella!!       Enjoy!!

  • August 9, 2010 - 8:05 am

    Kim Bauer - Bri- Are you serious!! I have tears rolling down my face, this is absolutely beautiful… You are amazing :)

  • August 9, 2010 - 9:29 am

    Fay Marchal - WOW!!! I don’t even know what to say. Absolutely incredible:) She is so perfect and beautiful just like her mom.

  • August 9, 2010 - 9:37 am

    Shawna - Happy Birthday Bella!! You are so beautiful!!

  • August 9, 2010 - 9:45 am

    Christine Owens - So so beautiful! Makes me cry thinking how fast my Bella is growing already! She is just supermodel gorgeous Bri! The pictures are just so special and the video is great!

  • August 9, 2010 - 9:48 am

    Heather A - Oh my sweet Bella, happy birthday!!! We have loved watching you grow and love you so much! Beautiful pictures!

  • August 9, 2010 - 10:29 am

    Grandma - My sweet, sweet Isabella…you are the spitting image of your Mommy when she was 5! I cried and was transported back in time when I saw these pictures. I love you Breezy, you are a wonderful Mommy. If Isabella is even half the blessing you have been to us…you have wonderful times ahead! Hugs, Mom

  • August 9, 2010 - 10:39 am

    Papa - My beautiful Bella, you are so lucky to have a Mom and Dad that love you so much. I can’t wait to see you next week for your birthday. Maybe we can go swimming. I have an idea, let’s go fishing. Anyway, I can’t wait to give you a big hug.

    I love you!

  • August 9, 2010 - 10:53 am

    Erin McFarland - Oh Bri, your girl is stunning! And the words u wrote to her were so tender and beautiful! Happy birthday Bella!!

  • August 9, 2010 - 11:42 am

    Cindy Judy - Wish we could be there to help you celebrate your big 5th birthday. Watch for a package in the mail. We love you,
    Aunt Cindy, Uncle Brian, David, Melanie, Daniel, Michael and Matthew

  • August 9, 2010 - 1:04 pm

    Stephanie Wind - Oh my goodness! She is precious! And such a great little model for mama!

  • August 10, 2010 - 1:05 pm

    Emily Riolo - My Dear sweet and favorite niece Bella,
    You are so very special to me and will always hold a place in my heart. I’ll never forget the moment I first held you in my arms, looked into your big brown eyes, and became an Aunt. I will forever treasure the moments you make me laugh, the girls nights we have at my apartment, and the giant loving hugs you always give. Happy 5th Birthday… I can hardly believe your so big! I love you tons!!!

    ~Aunt Emily

  • August 10, 2010 - 4:48 pm

    Jenna Gough - I cried. The most vivid dream I have ever had was of Isabella. While you and John were engaged. I’ll never forget it. I knew she would be special. And its very obvious that she is. Love you guys. You are excellent parents!

  • September 28, 2010 - 12:17 pm

    Autumn - Awww your daughter Bella is so precious :) What a sweetie.
    Love the name Bella as well.

  • November 26, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    Missi - Bri,
    I cherish this video FOR you. Lovely. The little girl I’ve only seen in photos came alive with such a presence. What a gift.

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