Here we are again...another year, another birthday. You are growing up so fast! Too fast!! The time just melts away.
Each year you continue to learn and grow and generally amaze me at every turn! You have such an amazing outlook on life and you inspire me everyday. The way you look at the world and the people around you is truly incredible. You have the most positive outlook and look for the good in everyone, even if it's very hard to find. You're my little Pollyanna in more ways than one.
This past year you discovered your love of the ocean. Apparently that's genetic, because you most definitely got that from me! You had been to the ocean several times before when you were younger, but last summer we drove over to the beach for the day a couple of times and you were in your element! You were finally old enough to appreciate the environment and have a rocking good time! I love to see you discover new things.
As you get older you have so many things going on and sometimes I wish things would just slow down, but life marches forward. You started yoga and love your classes, your teacher and your friends you've made from attending. You continue to be involved with girl scouts and church, throwing yourself in to everything you do 150%. You've taken classes, you've gone on adventures, you had your first sleepover at your friend's house, you had your first sleepover at home...In short you've been busy living life to the fullest and enjoying it all as it goes by. I like that about you.
This coming year brings more adventures your way...a trip to Frisco, NC in September for a week on the beach, New York City in October to celebrate my birthday, just to name a few. I will continue to watch you meet the world head on, making friends and having fun along the way. It's fun to see you breeze through these things with ease and aplomb, smiling and laughing, making memories as you go. I like this about you too.
The most important thing to remember as you embark on 9 and steam toward 10 is that you should always hold on to your fascination with the world. Life will never be dull for you if you keep that interest in the things around you, and caring for the people you meet, that comes so naturally to you. You have an amazing spirit Love and you need to hang on to that. Don't let anyone ever make you be less you because they don't understand where you're coming from. Remember what they think doesn't matter, the only thing that matters is what you think, and you're such a good person deep down inside that you always, always have that going for you.
I often tell you that you're my favorite, and you in turn tell me, "But Mom! I'm you're only!" in which I reply, "It doesn't make it any less true!" and believe me it doesn't! You are the light in my world, the wonder in my existence and I love you with all my heart! Never forget.