Today is Julia's 8th birthday. I can't believe how fast the time has flown by. I remember being pregnant with her and just knowing she was a girl. When she was born I was not surprised to find out she was indeed a girl. I remember the first night in the hospital with her sleeping next to me - happy I could look at her and hold her in my arms but missing that connection I had when she was inside me. I will not soon forget the many sleepless nights of her crying and crying when we put her to bed in her room as an infant. I asked her recently why she cried so much when she was a baby and she told me " I just didn't want to be alone ". If only they could talk at such a young age. Now I see a beautiful, talented and intelligent person emerging. Such a pleasure to watch in slow motion how a seed becomes a beautiful flower. She has compassion for others that I wish I had. A confidence that is unique at such a young age. A longing to be close to people and immeasurable love for others. She strives for perfection in herself which sometimes causes her pain. A challenge she will hopefully overcome. Her imagination and talent will take her far in everything she does. She is an example to me and I learn from her everyday.
Julia, I love you more that words can say. I would do anything for you and will try my best to be the mother you deserve. Please forgive me if I fall short. You are my beautiful rising star, my angel and my baby - no matter how old you get. I know you will do so many amazing things in your life and become everything you want to be. I pray that God will watch over you and protect you. Keep you safe and healthy. I pray that he covers you with His wisdom, protection and love.
Happy Birthday Baby Girl!