My baby girl is turning seven today. The last seven years have been filled with laughter and joy, surprise and revelation. When I was a gooey mess in high school, I swore I would never have a daughter. I just couldn’t imagine wanting someone else to endure the challenges of growing up an emotional and out of place girl like I was. Well, Maliea has taught me that you don’t have to be that way: that it’s ok to be tough and unflappable and let things roll off your back and still be a deeply emotional and caring friend. I’ve changed so much since she was born and I am forever grateful that she came to our family to stir things up and keep us on our toes.
Happy Birthday silly, talented, ambitious, beautiful, goofy, caring, happy baby girl. We love you so much!! Even if Merrik sometimes says he doesn’t.