these five years have been the most amazing years of my life. never would i have imagined how much a heart could be filled up with one little girl’s love. your spirit is a gift. since you were a tiny baby, you have made even the grumpiest of people smile. lately you have befriended a woman who walks past the shop everyday a couple of times. she has always seemed sad and i have often wondered her story. i have smiled at her before, but have never said hello or asked her how she was. you gave her candy on halloween and now whenever you see her, you run up to her and say hello with a huge smile and without hesitation. i have noticed she now has a slight bounce in her step and holds her head a bit higher when she walks past. you have also begun carrying around a brite orange paper bag for the past two weeks that is filled with shells we have collected over the years. you give one to everyone you come across, you call them your friends and they now are. you are the epitome of unconditional love. you seem to see through the exterior and look straight through to the heart and soul of people. what a blessing. thank you for being an example to me. and oh my goodness, do you make me laugh. your vocabulary has been amazing since you were 1 year old. . . always shocking us with the words that come out of your mouth and your seeming ability to know exactly the proper time to use them. your sensitivity is a beautiful gift, as well. . . i love that i will hear a whimper in the back seat of the car and when i ask what is wrong, you tell me that the song that is on is so beautiful that it is making you cry. or when i look in the mirror and see a reflection of you with your eyes closed just listening. and when you dance, you dance from your spirit. . .i LOVE the mad face you make when you dance hip hop. you are filled with grace, emotion, joy and beauty that just is. you don’t even have to try to be. i hope and pray that your strength and confidence in the way you know yourself never leaves you because you touch people’s lives just by being you. you have changed me forever and i will eternally be grateful to the Father for giving me the opportunity to be your mama. happy birthday to my baby girl.
love always, mommy