For my little girl as you turn 4

Dear Adrienne,

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl.  4 years ago I was blessed to have you come into my life and it has been quite the ride ever since.  I remember the first time I held you in my arms…how small you seemed then.  I wondered what you would be like as you got older.  What you would look like.  What your voice would sound like. Image

Now, 4 years later, I am still learning so much about you, and from you, every single day. Image

You have grown into such a beautiful little girl, both inside and out.  You are still a spitting image of your Daddy which I love, but also like to complain about.  I like to tell your Daddy that looking at you there is no proof that you are actually mine.  Your personality though is a nice combination of both of us.  You have the stubborn independent streak of your Daddy with the kindhearted, loving, intelligent side of both of us.  You get your feelings hurt easily.  That is something you get from Mommy.  

This year you have learned all of your ABC’s, all of your numbers, and countless other things that surprise me everyday.  Just a couple of days ago you told me that Mercury is the first planet in the solar system.  I’m pretty sure I didnt learn that until 5th grade!  You love to dance and sing and I pray every day that you will carry the musical inclination of your daddy and me (plus all of your extended family).  You love The Goddard School where you go every day and I can’t believe that in just a little over a year you will be heading off to Kindergarten.  YIKES!  You also love your best friend Riley.  I have watched the 2 of your cultivate a friendship for the past 3 years and I can’t wait to see your friendship blossom over the years.  When you read this later in life – Mommy and Daddy have already decided you will marry Riley.  Just ask Miss Courtney and Mr Andy.  Keep that in mind.  🙂Image

This year you have also blossomed into an amazing big sister.  You love Conner completely and love helping me with him.  You like to show him how “not to be scared” in situations that you know but he doesn’t.  He loves his big Sissy and I cant wait to see how you two grow together.  

Sweet Adrienne…I don’t know how to put into words what you mean to me and your Daddy.  How you have made my life infinitely better.  You make me laugh every single day.  This past year has been a little hard for Mommy but you have been a beacon of light that has always kept me on course.  You challenge me every day.  I hope to continue to let you so that you can grow into your own independent person.  Keep thriving little girl.  Keep bringing smiles to the faces of others.  Keep your stubborn attitude and don’t let others walk on you.  Keep your soft spirit and your loving ways.  Keep making your friends happy and keep feeling sad for others when they are sad.  Empathy is a wonderful trait (painful sometimes but beautiful, and rare).  Keep wanting to give out all the random hugs and kisses that you can.

I love you more than I can put into 1000 words.  You are my 1st little baby and you will always be my little girl.  Image

Happy Birthday Adrienne Carter!  4 is going to be an AMAZING year!



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