It has been exactly 10 years since you were born, and every moment since then has been filled with more love and happiness, laughter and hugs than I could have ever imagined. You brighten every day with your snorts, giggles and silliness and your helpfulness brings tranquility to our home. The way you bring about resolutions between your brothers makes me think that someday you'll be an international peacemaker. Watching you have conversations with full grown adults, as you believe they are every much your friend as mine, helps me see the confidence you have in yourself. You shine a sink like it was nobody's business and your prowess at Tae Kwon Do makes me afraid. Very afraid. Gone are the days when you would repeat over and over, "But I'm too shy to do that". Now, you only hesitate a tiny bit when I send you to the counter to get your own ketchup for your fries!
Having sat through seven surgeries with you makes me wonder what extra special ingredient God blessed you with to be able to tolerate all the crazy stuff life has already thrown your way. The week after your mastoidectomy - when we thought you were so sick you might die - was probably one of the most traumatic times of my life! Having to assert myself and tell the doctors that something was wrong, and I was sure you had an infection that they must not be able to see, was a HUGE growing up time for me too. I am not used to telling educated professionals that I think they are wrong, but boy was I right!
It also threw us for a loop when we found out you were nearly blind in one eye. How you turned out to be one of the best readers in your class is a marvel! Then, when you learned you'd need to spend time at the orthodontist, you didn't even bat an eye. It seemed so easy to you by then that I think it made the doctor wonder if he hadn't explained himself enough.
You are so brave and so grown up. I enjoy watching you blossom before my very eyes and I am SO proud to call you my daughter. I am pleased that you love Jesus. And, I am eternally grateful that you have a great sense of humor - that way I can giggle at you when you fall down pretending to be a dreidel during charades and then you can snort at me when I trip going up the stairs pretending to be graceful.
I Love you baby girl!