Six years ago this olive skinned, blue eyed, black headed, beautiful baby girl made her entrance into the world and changed our lives forever. She made us parents. She has taught me so much about selflessness, sacrifice, kindness, and love. She encourages me, makes me laugh, and has brought so much joy to my heart. I’ve never met a more kind little girl. She’s never turned away the opportunity to play with another child and always tries to be someone’s friend. She has the biggest heart and sees the good in everyone without reservation. I want to be more like her and I’m so excited about all of the amazing things she will do on this Earth and for the Lord. We’ve had our moments and hard times and there will be more. She’s not perfect and I’m not a perfect mom-I’m very far from it. I fail a lot, I lose my temper, I don’t do all of the things and am past the point of trying to be put together all of the time. But I feel like I’m doing something right 80% of the time. I tell her when I make mistakes. I apologize and I try to do better than I did the day before. I’m so thankful I get to be her and Scout’s mom. God’s blessed me more than I could ever describe and I’m grateful for each day. I never want to take my time with them for granted. It’s too sweet. Someday you’ll read this blog. It’s my journal for you and Scout to have and I want you to look back on these memories. To look at the way I see you. What I think about you. I want you to know how special you are right here at the age of six. Not when you do something monumental or impressive later in life. Just right here. This age is so much fun, as they all have been. But these last two years since you’ve started school have been extra special. You’ve changed so much and have become you’re own little person. Your Dad and I talk about how creative your mind is. The vison you have for a broken cardboard box and using that to turn it into a robot, buzz light year costume, pinata, or valentine box is amazing. You can make horse noises better than most horses can. Ha! You LOVE Jesus and have never questioned who He is, if He exists, or if He loves you. Sadly, I have at times and during trials in my life. Your faith in Him makes mine bigger. Not many six year olds can do that for their mamas. I pray that you lean on Him and always go to Him for the rest of your life. It’s the most important relationship you will ever have. And those are just a few things that I see daily. Your sister whacked you with a wooden kitchen toy in the eye two days ago and you freely gave forgiveness instead of retaliating. No, that doesn’t always happen but you’ve started to realize that you’re teaching her too, Pais. And I know she’s going to grow up to be her own person but also like you. That’s pretty neat and it’s been fun to watch your sister relationship blossom. I love hearing those giggles when you’re supposed to be sleeping. The animation in both of you as you play pirates, battle it out with sword fights, and dig for buried treasure. These are the days.I hope you always know how special you are. How much kindness is worth in this world. That at times you may think we are unfair but we love you more than anyone on this Earth could. That His love for you is even greater. I hope you always see yourself the way I do. That in ten years when you are getting a drivers license, I’ll still see you as my six year old and it will be hard for me to let go.
You are precious to us baby girl and I hope your day has been special. You’ve given me so much purpose and it’s been a privilege to raise you. I hope I can pass on love and wisdom for you to do the same someday. Happy Birthday.
I love you.