Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter. You were my first...the one that gave me this mommy hat, that I wear so proudly. You are my girly-girl...my sweet, smiling, daughter that has loved to wear dresses and look "pretty" from the very beginning. In fact "pretty" was one of your first words. You went from here...
...to here, in a blink of an eye.
Here you are all grown up...such a beautiful woman, with a life of her own. I could not be prouder of you. I have been privileged to watch you become a mommy yourself...and not just a mommy but the best there could be. You worked hard to graduate from high school and college, all while you had your precious daughter. You proved to everyone watching, what you are made of. You have shown that there is more to you than a pretty face and that this beauty you have from within, is what true beauty is all about.
I have watched you mature as a teacher...have been privileged to help in your classrooms and watch you with this amazing gift you have to teach young children. I recall the moments that I had to fight off tears, as watching you teach brought back those memories of your days as a young girl, playing school with your siblings. Every day you touch children's lives,not just by teaching them the things your suppose to teach, but by going above and beyond, with all the love and care you pour into your students. Some day when you watch your own daughter, you will understand the pride that fills my heart in watching you.
I celebrate you. I celebrate the loving, giving, caring, kind and beautiful woman, that you are. I celebrate that you have chosen a life of forgiveness and grace over a life of bitterness and hate...and you and I both know, that with everything you have went through, you very well could have chosen that path. I celebrate the path you have chosen. I celebrate that you have never forgotten the One that truly created you..."for I am fearfully and wonderfully made". He gave you to me as a gift and I will never stop thanking Him for the gift of you...for letting me be your mother and now your friend.
I hate the distance that separates us, but I love the spirit that keeps us close. No matter how much time or distance separates us, you are always in my heart. I love you my dear sweet daughter...always and forever. Mom