Ten is more than a Pearl Jam album.


Harper loves thin crust cheese pizza and Cool Ranch Doritos.

Her favorite book is When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

She could spend hours building elaborate chicken houses on Minecraft.

Last week this song shuffled in the car and she put down her book (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and listened to every word.

Harper was pulled from me exactly ten years ago (the photo is here!) and I celebrated her first decade in the most traditional way: With a caramel latte and a clematis.


This clematis will (hopefully) reach up and around our pergola to remind me of how Harper used to be—glued to my side.

Happy Birthday, Harper Rose. I can’t wait to see what the next decade brings. You are the knees of the bees.

(Also, Happy Birthday, Harper Lee. I hope people are treating you kindly.) ‘ ‘ ‘text/javascript’>

14 thoughts on “Ten is more than a Pearl Jam album.”

  1. Happy birthday, Miss Harper Lee. Hope you had a wonderful day!

    My own baby girl was pulled from me 23 years ago yesterday. I celebrated with Mega Peanut M&M’s.

    Thank you for the song. Lovely.

  2. Wonderful song!

    I remember when you sang “Rattle Snake Bit the Baby” to her, and now she is TEN! Treasure each and every day of her life.

    Happy Birthday, Harper Rose!!

  3. Happy birthday, Harper! May 10 be both kind and exciting for you in all the best ways!

  4. This is late, but I hope Harper is as happy to be “out of the ones” as my own daughter was. It’s such a special age for such a special girl. This will be the best year ever, and the next will be even better, and that will continue because it just must. Happy number TEN to you, Harper Rose.

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