I knew you before you were born. I watched you grow inside your mom's ever extending body.
I was blessed to see you emerge from that body and it was love at first sight.
It continued being a love story as I witnessed your tender feelings conflict with a strong will to persevere.
I loved you as the organized, orderly, everything-in-its-place side of you developed while trying to accept a life that wasn't always so balanced.
It has continued to be a love story as I have watched you emerge ever so carefully into the gorgeous butterfly you are today.
You finished High School early and set goals for your future.
It has been a time of learning to trust your wings and now is the time to test them.
You used to say you would never leave your mother.
But, look at you now. A University of Texas sophomore!
You have proven that those wings are capable of carrying you to unexpected heights and we can't wait to see what comes next.
HAPPY 19TH BIRTHDAY
And the love story continues!