7 years ago, you and I were born - you, with the soft cry and puffy eyes... and me, a nervous wreck of a new mother. I felt like I waited my whole life for us to emerge, instantly in love.
(5-week-old Amanda with Momma, Apr '03)
As delightful as motherhood is in itself, it is you that has made the journey meaningful.
(15 months old, Jun '04)
You inspire me to conquer my fears, both silly and substantial, because when I see you, I want to protect, cherish, nurture, and inspire you.
(3 years old, Sept '06)
(smitten big sister Amanda, Feb '07)
(At her first 5K, Sept '07 - mad at Mom for making her do this. But she really ended up enjoying it! The second year she was ticked at me too)
How thankful I am that God granted you to me. This I don't take lightly.
(At the OMSI, Aug '09)
I can't wait to see which mountains you scale in your lifetime. Happy birthday, my dear eldest daughter.