I love you but I don’t get to claim you.
You don’t come from my gene pool.
I don’t know what your cry sounded like at birth or what your favorite baby food was.
I missed first steps, first days of school and five hundred other firsts, but I am grateful that I get to be here today.
Watching you transform into this confident, funny and thoughtful young lady is one of the greatest gifts of my life. I can’t take credit for a single second of who you are becoming, but I get the profound privaledge of watching life unfold for you.
I know sometimes our relationship must feel awkward. I am this woman that walked into your world at 10 and upended life as you knew it.
Thank you for forgiving me for my failings. For understanding when I don’t say the right things or how I sometimes serve raw meat for dinner. Thank you for teaching me that love comes at different times and in many different packages.
I am so happy we get to do life together.
For your thirteenth year I wish for you more late nights laughing with your sisters, more inside jokes and crushes on boys, more stargazing, more growing in grace, more tiaras, more tutus and less worrying about what others may be thinking of you.
I get prouder of you with every passing year.
Happy birthday beautiful girl. I love you more then words can say.
P.S. Can I say I am patting myself on the back with this year’s pick? Couldn’t have said it better myself.