Today you are seven, it’s your birthday!! This day is all yours, but you should know that it’s my favorite day too. It’s the day you made me a mother. It’s the day when an amazing thing happened, in a busy and cold operating room, the whole world stopped for a moment. Those first sweet months feel so far away sometimes that I ache with a deep desire to go back just once, I’d kiss your tiny head a million more times.
On nights like tonight, when I’m reminiscing about that day, I can shut the world out and be right back in that moment. I’ll never forget how I loved you instantly with an incredible fierceness. It’s crazy how seven years can seem like an eternity and a single second all in the same thought.
You are everything I am not. So bold and confident, you can stand on stage and sing to a room of strangers without a second thought, you walk right up to a new person and make friends in any situation. You are the star of the show, if there’s a dance floor, we know we can always find you front and center.
At just 44 pounds and not quite 48 inches tall (you barely miss the height requirement for the Rockin’ Rollercoaster at Disney), you have so much heart and personality wrapped up in that tiny body. You’re sad when people are left out and you always want to make sure everyone is included and loved. It bothers you when people point out the bad in someone, because you’ve already focused on the good.
I know you think I’m teaching you, but in so many ways I’m learning from you. You love people unconditionally, extend grace without hesitation, and give from your heart. You’re adventurous, brave and confident, kind and sensitive to others, the perfect mix of everything that is good. You are wise beyond your years, my girl.
Your favorite color is purple and glittery things make your eyes light up with excitement. You love flowers and being outside. You never miss an opportunity to make a craft or paint a picture. You’re convinced I should let you be on Master Chef Junior.
Your rock collection is one of your most prized possessions. You are incredibly well-rounded. On any given day, I might find you dressed head to toe in princess attire or digging in the dirt looking for earth worms. You are a voracious reader, you speed through chapter books, you’re leaps and bounds above where you should be at this point. You write the best stories, and you tell the funniest jokes. Your curiosity is unmatched, your imagination knows no limits. You have a quick-wit and you love to make people laugh.
Happy seventh birthday, B. You are such a good and perfect gift from God and I can’t even remember what it was like before you, but I know that life is better because of you. Your daddy and I love you more than the world, or as you like to say to the moon and back.