Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Happy birthday to my daughter Miranda November 16, 2016

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WORTHY OF ADMIRATION. WONDERFUL.

Look up the definition of Miranda and those are the words that define the name derived from Latin.

Miranda, five days old

Miranda, five days old

But to me the name is much more personal. Much more meaningful. Much more precious. Miranda is the name my husband and I chose for our second daughter. Today our Miranda celebrates her birthday.

She fits the definition of admirable and wonderful. And here’s why:

Our daughter is incredibly caring, kind and compassionate. Not only in the loyalty of her friendship but in her care for others. While still a high school student, she went on mission trips to help hurricane survivors. She also modeled good choices, resisting peer pressure and more through theater and outreach at her high school.

She’s well beyond those years now. Still her compassion prevails in her work as a Spanish medical interpreter, in service projects at her church and in simply caring deeply about others.

Miranda in Valles Calchaquies, near the town of Cafayate in the Salta province.

Miranda in Valles Calchaquies, near the town of Cafayate in the Salta province during one of her trips to Argentina.

But there’s much more to Miranda. Beneath her external gentleness, she is incredibly strong. Rock strong. At age four, she walked with a nurse toward a hospital operating room, Big Bird in hand, neither crying or afraid. As a teen, she powered through wearing a back brace 24/7 for a year with focused determination. While traveling in Argentina, she fought off an attacker and come through stronger than ever. Not much rattles her.

As a little girl, Miranda was all girly girl, wearing only skirts and donning ribbons in her hair. She also loved horses, including her stick horse, shown here in a photo taken when she was 5 1/2.

As a little girl, Miranda was all girly girl, wearing skirts and donning ribbons in her hair. She also loved horses, including her stick horse, shown here in a photo taken when she was 5 1/2. She still has beautiful curly hair, although no longer blonde.

She has always been her own person. Independent and spirited in the way that she’s OK with following her own path. I admire that quality in her. At an amusement park, you’d find Miranda rocking the roller coaster, hands up. She’s that kind of adventurous. Seemingly unafraid.

Miranda and me. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo February 2016.

Miranda and me. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo February 2016.

I don’t see Miranda nearly as often as I would like; she lives 300 miles away. But I think of her daily, holding her close in my heart and my prayers. I love her with the same fierceness as the day she was born, even before she was born. The kind of love so strong it locks your heart forever to your child. The kind of love that can’t be defined by words, but rather by emotions and feelings and an overwhelming need to always be there for your child. No matter their age. To want the best for them—to be safe and happy and well.

Miranda is an adult now, has been for more than a decade. But that doesn’t change how I feel about her, how deep my motherly love.

She is beautiful in so many ways. And on this day, her day, I wish my daughter a most beautiful birthday. And I want her to know how very much I love her. Always.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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29 Responses to “Happy birthday to my daughter Miranda”

  1. Littlesundog Says:

    What a great photograph of the two of you! It is a wonderful thing to raise a child that is strong, resilient, adventurous and compassionate. It almost seems as if in some way, she has shown your family a thing or two. Two remarkable women in that photo, I’d say! 🙂 A happy birthday to Miranda.

  2. Happy Birthday to Miranda may all the wishes that you have for her come true!

  3. Jenny Says:

    Oh Audrey…you just made me cry. That was beautiful. And I remember a Valleyfair trip with Miranda many years ago…I hope she still loves the thrill of the rides! Happy Birth-day, to you both.

  4. Dee Bjork Says:

    Happy Birthday Miranda. You are blessed to have two wonderful parents, that is a gift!

  5. Happy Birth Day to You and Happy Birthday to Miranda – Beautiful 🙂 Enjoy the Special Day!

  6. Bernadette Thomasy Says:

    This has to be the best birthday card your daughter could receive. Hope you all have a lovely day.

  7. Cheryl Nagel Says:

    Beautifully written, happy birthday Miranda! Your mom obviously adores you!

  8. Virgil Says:

    Very beautiful Audrey

  9. Don Says:

    For mom and dad, watching your own children grow and mature is what makes growing older yourself that much more enjoyable!

    For Miranda HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, enjoy your special day!

  10. Valerie Says:

    What lovely words of blessing to your daughter.
    Happy Birthday Miranda!

  11. Dorothy Bowman Says:

    Beautiful!!! It is great to have chlldren and to share our love with them. Families are so special.

    Love to you my darling, Aunt Dorothy

  12. DeLores Johnson Says:

    Great Birthday Greeting to a beautiful daughter! Happy Birthday, Miranda! (I love your name)!

  13. Sue Ready Says:

    Oh my Audrey you totally outdid yourself with this very moving tribute to your daughter. I was quite taken with all the positive thoughts you penned. I hope Miranda has seen this post. Just lovely is all I can say!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Jackie Says:

    Such a sweet birthday tribute to your lovely daughter Miranda. So much love and admiration in your word. Happy Birthday to your sweet-sting-amazing girl


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