Monday, July 11, 2016

It Was 20 Years Ago Today...

Monday, July 11, 2016

Phoebe Linnea Thompson came into this world 20 years ago today: July 11, 1996. It made me a father and it was—hands down—the best thing that has ever happened to me. I never knew what love actually felt like until I held that precious little redhead in my arms.

It would be humanly impossible to share with you all of my feelings of pride, wonder, joy, and blessed good fortune at being Phoebe's dad. Her mom Julie did a doggone good job of it on her blog yesterday—a day before Phoebe's actual birthday. Gotta spread these things out... extend the celebration.

Our red-headed rocket ship is way out West this summer, studying the ocean currents and making new friends. 

She might be a bit sad at not being surrounded by family for her birthday (a first for her), but, like always, she will rally and end up making her own weather.

It seems like only yesterday that we were sending her off on her first day of pre-school.

And then moments later, we were sending her off to the West Coast to study oceanography.

Phoebe, you are so many things...
A beautiful dreamer...

Great leap (and photo) taker.

Grasper of the moment, appreciator of what is special about home.

Perfect partner-in-crime with your brother, Liam.

 And the living laugh track to his crazy antics.

 Yet you were the one who introduced us to face-swapping in SnapChat. Silly girl.

 Of course, we all want you to continue to grow, and thrive, and spread your wings...

 but I hope you'll always save a spot in your heart...

to be Daddy's girl.

Watching you make your way in this world is our great privilege, Phoebe.

Happy 20th birthday, sweet girl.

p.s. LET'S GO BUCS!!!


On July 11, 2016 at 2:31 PM Julie Zickefoose said...

PERFECTION!!! The face swaps are horrifying. My stomach hurts from laughing. You say it so well. Thank you!

On July 11, 2016 at 3:20 PM Kate O'Neill said...

Bill: Is your favorite bird pick inspired by your favorite girl? The coincidence is just hard to ignore. Thanks for a beautiful post.

On July 11, 2016 at 4:00 PM Teresa Norris said...

Loved your pos, Bill!! So sweet and heartfelt!

On July 12, 2016 at 11:25 AM robin andrea said...

Such a sweet birthday to post for your beautiful Phoebe.

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