My daughter turns four today. It's almost impossible to believe that it has been four years since she entered our life. In so many ways it seems like just yesterday. To look at her and see this person is sometimes otherworldly. It's even more difficult to think about a time when she wasn't a part of our lives. I couldn't imagine my life without her, nor could I have asked for a better daughter.
She's funny and smart and makes me laugh daily. Deep, guttural roaring laughter. But more importantly she makes me proud to be her mom. When others look at her admiringly or compliment me on her vocabulary or her compassion while I graciously say thank you, inside I am bursting with pride for the blessing I have been given.
It has been so exciting to see her grow from this tiny baby into this walking, talking, joke making, pre-schooler. I cannot wait to see what the next four years bring. I have no doubt that the years will be interesting and definitely keep me on my toes.
As I have been cooking and cleaning and decorating for her birthday party I just keep looking over at her in amazement, still picturing her as a baby even though she is anything but. So, to my sweet, beautiful, incredibly bright daughter on her special day I wish her a happy birthday and a lifetime of happiness.