My darling Aubrey on your 3rd birthday,
So many feelings and words and tears are spilling forth and it is hard to put everything in the right place. I am so lucky to be your Mama. Every day you bring new joys, new reasons for smiles, new reasons for laughs, and new reasons to learn something new.
Daddy and I were so excited when we found out you were going to be part of our family. We had so much fun trying to find the perfect name, find the perfect clothes, and blankets, and books, and toys. In the last three years we have learned that none of those things were as important as we thought they would be. What is important is the time we spend with you and the consistency and love we try to give you.
You are an amazing daughter. You are loving, inquisitive, a voracious reader, and you have the most amazing imagination I have ever known. Every day there is a new story that we are acting out and a new song that we are making up together - although more and more I am hearing, "No Mama, I can sing it myself". And that makes me a little sad and a lot proud.
I have no doubt that you will continue to challenge daddy and I everyday and that everyday you will continue to grow and learn and become who God intends you to be. You have very special gifts that I hope daddy and I can help you learn about and grow into.
I love you more than you could know. You have given me strength and vulnerability both - to a degree I never knew I could have. Everyday I am a better person because you are in my life.
I love you,