Today you turn 8 years old. This year has been one of immense growth for you. When I think of the little girl you were a year ago, when you turned 7, I'm amazed at how much you have changed. They say that 8 is the age of reason, the age at which kids start to really figure things out. That seems right on for you. You've come into your own this year. You've grown, you've changed, you've learned so much. You're your own person. And I am so proud of the person you're becoming. You're funny and smart and caring and sweet and bold. You're eager to learn and explore. You're the most amazing (and patient--most of the time) big sister. We love you so much.
And so, my beautiful little girl, my first baby, my heart, Happy 8th Birthday. Each day with you is a joy and a gift.