Years ago, you made your entrance as my tiny princess sitting Indian style. I prayed I would have a baby girl to love. I was granted my wish. It nearly killed me I could not hold you immediately upon seeing your little face but your dad held you near to me so I could gaze upon you (making sure you were swaddled and safe). As soon as the doctors allowed me to cradle you, into my arms you went. I can’t believe how fast the years have passed since that first meeting. I loved you before you were born and knew that I was given a gift straight from heaven. While it is difficult not being with you to celebrate your birthday (today), please know I am thinking about and loving you right where you are. When we are together, I am astounded that I must glance upwards to look into your eyes. I see a tall, hard-working, intelligent, young woman who has dreams and goes after them. You will achieve your goals because you are tenacious (even when life is rough). You are beautiful inside and out and I am proud to call you my daughter. No one could ever replace you! I love you up to heaven and back. Happy birthday, honey!