I am so, so proud of you, my darling daughter. Today, on your fifth birthday, as my heart overflows with love and joy, I wanted to share my thoughts..
Just a few short weeks ago, you made the most important decision you will ever make, and that is to ask Jesus into your heart. At first I thought you were too young to understand, but then as we talked more and more, I realized that you were indeed ready, and you grasped what it meant to start the most important relationship of your young life. I have never felt such peace as I did in that moment, knowing that one day, no matter what happens here on earth, we will be reunited in heaven. I can admit that even today I still cannot fully comprehend the amazing grace and sacrifice of Jesus, but that first moment of surrender to Him is but a beautiful starting point of a lifelong journey.
Although everything else that has happened this past year pales in comparison to that decision, you have done some incredible things as a 4 year old. This year, I gave you a reading placement test with our school's new reading program. I knew you were reading, and reading well, but I was shocked to see that you tested at a 3.5 grade level. I am simply amazed by your intellect. Your daddy and I have always known that you were incredibly bright, but to see your performance at school this year, I am so proud. You are also quick to smile and laugh, you tell hilarious stories, you still sing praise songs at the top of your lungs, and all of it is beautiful music to my ears. Your quick-witted answers keep us laughing constantly, and your compassionate heart often melts mine. You know who you are, my child. You have never been one to follow the crowd, and I see evidence that you never will be. Even more important than that, you are always confident in your choice to stand out in the ways that matter. You teach me things every day, and even at your young age, you cannot imagine how often those teachings point me to Jesus.
Your daddy and I love to speculate on your future career each year, as I know that someday it will be so fun for you to look back on our musings. I still see your love of animals, and you still love to pretend to be a vet, but if I had to pin down a prediction this year, I would say you are going to be a teacher. You have the sweetest spirit when helping younger kiddos, and you love to help me grade and organize things in my room. However, earlier this year, when I asked you what you thought God might want you to be when you grew up, you exasperatedly said, "Just a grown up!" It reminded me that even though I have so many hopes and dreams for you, right now you are still simply my little girl. And I have never been more grateful.
All my love,
All my love,