Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Happy Birthday to You

My sweet girl turns 11 today. Eleven years ago, this deep blue eyed baby girl made me a mama. I didn't know then how much she would have me wrapped around her little finger, but I DID know the moment she was born, that I was put on this Earth to be a mama. She taught me more about love and life in the last eleven years than all of my 29 years combined.

She's taught me that it doesn't matter if you have the most money or the biggest house, but rather the most important thing is how much love is present in the home. She's taught me that life is made up of all the small ordinary moments more than the large, grandeur ones. She shows me what it means to give unconditional love and not only that, but she lives it daily. When I make mistakes or fall short, she's the first one there to tell me it's okay. She loves me anyways.

This little girl turning lady has so much creativity and love that blossoms into generosity and compassion for those around her. She brightens up the room just by being in it. She's silly to the max and knows how to make people laugh (even at inappropriate times). She's the best big sister anyone could ask for, and even if she won't admit it, she loves her brothers more than life itself. Her heart is soft and fragile but bigger than her body. She loves bigger than any 11 year old I know.

She was dealt a hand that wasn't typical or one that seemed easy, but in the ins and outs of every day, she rolls with the punches. She doesn't dwell on the unanswered questions, but instead, focuses on the heavy doses of love that comes from having more grandparents and aunts and uncles than her friends. She's constantly striving to understand others and offer help when needed.

I couldn't be more proud of this girl. Not even if I tried. I'm confident that anyone who crosses her path is a better person for knowing her, and on the days I feel like I've failed or fallen short of being a good mom to her and her brothers, I am reminded by her hugs and her love and her notes and her laughter that I'm raising a little lady who is going to do big things. She's going to change the world. She already is.

Jaedyn Grace, We love you so very much. Your father and I are so proud of you. We can't wait to see what year 11 brings for you!

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