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Monday, January 04, 2010

"A child gives birth to a mother" * (... and a father, grandparents, aunts, uncles...)

[a guest post by Zahava]

16 years ago today, at exactly 7:04 pm on a snowy Tuesday evening, we got to meet the sweetest, most delicious little girl in the world.

Ariella, you blessed Abba and me with the first precious gift of parenthood, and in one blink of your big beautiful eyes, turned an extended group of people into a family of grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Ari, with your sweet disposition, rose-petal skin, and magical gaze you captured everyone's hearts – and to this day, you continue to impress and enchant us!

Ari_Sweet 16 

Happy Sweet-16!   Abba and I love you very, VERY much, and can't believe our good fortune to have had so special a person make us parents for the first time.

* Quote by Vithal Venkatesh Kamat

Posted by David Bogner on January 4, 2010 | Permalink

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The trip to Brooklyn the next evening to see this beautiful baby is remembered as if it were yesterday... :)

Happy Birthday, Ari! Love from your cousin Sophie and Auntie Val & Aunt Linda.

Posted by: val | Jan 4, 2010 1:54:32 PM

Another beautiful post Zahava. Happy birthday Ariella.

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Jan 4, 2010 3:05:42 PM

Happy Birthday Ari! Hard to believe how fast time flies and, Zahava, even harder to believe we were her age when we met.

Posted by: Rachel | Jan 4, 2010 3:16:44 PM

Zehava, one of these days your enchanting 16-year-old is going to bump into mine--and I bet they'll turn out to be great friends.

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Baila | Jan 4, 2010 3:46:03 PM

happy birthday!!!!

Posted by: roberti | Jan 4, 2010 5:21:45 PM

Yom huledet sameach to Ariella! Sweet 16... amazing!

Posted by: Elisson | Jan 4, 2010 7:44:20 PM

Sweet 16 indeed! Happy Birthday from New Zealand!

Posted by: Noa | Jan 4, 2010 7:53:36 PM

Look at those photos. It is mamash a miracle. How can anyone say there is no G-d? Happy birthday!

Posted by: Lady-Light | Jan 4, 2010 9:37:53 PM

val: i remember that visit vividly as well! feels like someone hit "fastforward" in a big way...

ilana-davita: it helps when the material is so inspired! :-)

rachel: even harder to believe we've surpassed twice that age and then some.... sigh.... but like us, our friendship seems to better with age! :-)

baila: i want in on that bet -- it's a certainty that they'll be fast friends!

roberti: can you believe this is the same child who took her first steps in your family room one long-ago shabbat afternoon?!

elisson, noa, and lady-light: i will be sure to pass on your enthusiastic and kind birthday greetings to miss ari! thanks on her behalf!

Posted by: zahava | Jan 4, 2010 10:01:30 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Ariella! So sorry I missed seeing you guys on my trip :(

Posted by: SaraK | Jan 7, 2010 5:15:04 PM

Oy blimey, when did she turn 16? *faints* A belated happy birthday!

(SIXTEEN?!)

Posted by: Lioness | Jan 18, 2010 1:50:28 PM

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