Once upon a time a baby girl entered my life and I absolutely adored her.
She was this tiny little sunbeam, always smiling and happy.
And talking (she talked a lot!!).
The years have slipped by, one by one by one.
Today she is thirteen.
Parenting her this far has been my utter joy and privilege.
She is still a sunbeam.
Happy, Helpful. Diligent. Determined. Whistling-while-she-works.
And I know I am her mom and all, but I find her pretty amazing.
Marissa Grace, my heart is kind of bursting today as I think about the little girl you once were and the young lady you are now. You have been by my side these last 13 years and I have gotten to pour as much as I can into your thirsty little head. I love the conversations I have with you. I love your heart for Jesus. I love the evidence I see that you are THINKING. I love your unabashed desire to walk different from the crowd. I pray that you keep growing in these ways. Not only are you fun to have around for a daughter but I find you fun to have around for a friend! I praise God that He entrusted us with you to raise--you are a blessing!! I hope this 13th birthday is so special for you . . . you have always been and always will be MY most favorite birthday present ever.
My sweet girl SHINE ON!