My Dearest BookGirl,
Happy 9th birthday! I am so proud of you. I have seen you change so much over the past year. You have matured in ways I never expected this soon. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we greeted the day—your first BIRTH-day—shortly before 6:00 a.m., with your dad and grandmother in attendance. It was a fitting end to a long night, and I am thankful for every moment of the time I’ve had with you since.
This birthday is a bittersweet one for me. I feel like it’s the end to one chapter of your life and the beginning of another. It is a year of firsts:
- going away to church camp
- spending your birthday away from home (at camp)
- asking for no toys for your birthday
- spending birthday money and gift cards solely on books and a camera case for your new camera
And it has been a year of growth and change:
- showing an inclination toward science and medicine
- developing closer friendships with other children your age
- entering the tween years, that region between childhood and teenage years
- experiencing a lot of changes, especially emotional ones, which are all part of growing up
I am thankful every day that I have the privilege of being your mother. Thank you for opening up to me and sharing your life with me. I pray that the lines of communication will stay open and that we will continue to enjoy our talks in those quiet moments we carve out each day.
Again, happy birthday! I love you!