My beautiful Katie,
Sweet baby girl, you’re turning four today.
Four fantastic years old.
I’m not sure how that is even possible.
Mommy and Daddy waited so long for you, Katie.
We worried that you’d never come along. But you finally did.
And that waiting was so worth it…you are exactly the baby we were meant to have.
I thought I knew what it would be like to be a mother.
I thought I knew what it meant to love.
Then, you arrived and taught me that I knew so very little.
You taught me that once you have a child, you are more vulnerable than you ever dreamed possible.
You showed me watching you sleep was the most important thing that I could do on any given afternoon.
Loving you has shown me that I can’t control everything…that sometimes the most amazing moments come from letting go just a little…that sometimes it’s better to let life guide us just a bit.
You have taught me to laugh at myself, because nothing makes you laugh harder.
You have helped me to realize that throwing caution to the wind every once in a while doesn’t have to be scary.
You have taught me that the amount of love that the heart can hold is endless…that just when I am certain that I couldn’t possibly love you more, you make my heart nearly explode.
You have shown me that life passes so quickly.
I don’t want to waste a single moment of this time that I’ve been given to share with you.
You have brought me more joy than I ever dreamed possible.
Happy birthday, my beautiful baby.
With more love than you can possibly imagine,