Thirty one. She may think that's a lot of years but not I. Those years seem so short. Is it possible that it was thirty one years ago I first saw her sweet face and fell in love with her? Because that's exactly how it was - thunk. Hard. But so sweet. As I write this evening I remember laying in the bed after she was born and all was quiet. Only new Eden and I in the room. I looked at her face as I held her close and felt overwhelmed with joy to have this daughter, to feel the power and gentle warmth that is Eden. She had a presence even then - so distinct that both David and I felt it clearly - and it has never wavered. What a privilege to be her mother, to have the joy of learning with her, to see her grow into a most amazing woman. She is one of the very best things in my life - and so today I "share" her, a little bit.

She is beautiful in every way. Most often behind rather than in front of the camera, she sees and captures the beauty in others. I am so proud of her talent. She is fun, sensitive, warm, strong, firm, spiritual, faithful, loyal, loving, witty, stylish, clever, thoughtful, careful, .... I know I am her mother but I am also her friend . I know her well and see her clearly - she is all of those things and more. If you are blessed to know her, you know that too.

Happy Birthday Sweetie. I love you....so much!!


Jamie said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful ladies! Happy Birthday Eden!

Anonymous said...

What great pictures. Who took them? and what a great tribute to a wonderful young (from my perspective) woman.


Cheri said...

Thanks Roz. My sister-in-law took the first one (I think), I took the next two and a friend of Jonathon's took the last. I love them all.

nathaliedelakim said...

Great photos and what a lovely tribute! Happy Birthday Eden! :)

Eden Lang said...

Aw, I'm crying. thanks so much for such a lovely post. I love you too. so blessed to have such an amazing roll model as you.

Jan said...

that was a beautiful tribute to Eden and also to you Cher as I remember back to your memorable birth and the thrill that your father and I felt as we welcomed you into our lives. Now each one of your precious family add so much to us. I count myself most blessed, thanks for all you are

love from mom

Anonymous said...


I have been told I am too close to my children. Thank you for showing me that is impossible. Beautiful tribute to a beautiful young woman.


Jonathon said...

Eden is pretty special. I don't know anyone as incredible as my sisters and mother. We're a very lucky family. And who told you you were too close to your children?! I know none of us would have it any other way.
Beautiful post mom.

Anonymous said...

Pres. Joseph F. Smith said: "I have learned to place a high estimate upon the love of mother. I have often said, and will repeat it, that the love of a true mother comes nearer being like the love of God than any other kind of love."
TO close to our children? I don't think Heavenly Father would have it any other way! Hope you had a Happy Birthday Eden! LOVE the blog Cheri!!
love DeEtte