22 January 2012

To Ainsley, the Day AFTER Your Fifth Birthday

Dear Ainsley,
This should have been posted yesterday.  But someday you'll understand that life gets crazy and good things sometimes don't get quite as done as we'd like them to be.  That's no excuse, kiddo - it's just the way life is sometimes.

It seems like we're always running to one place or another right now  That's part of the reason I didn't get this finished yesterday.  But the bigger, far better reason is this - I got to spend all day with you yesterday, away from the computer, with you and Mommy and Alanna and your Grandma & Grandpa, and it was one of the best days I've had in a LONG while. 

I'm so very proud to be your Dad, because you are an incredible young lady.  Your Mom and I have come to treasure so much about you - your infectious grin, your happy spirit, your sensitivity to the emotions of people around you, your love of all things pink and purple, your artistry, your giggles, and your love of giving and receiving hugs, kisses, and "I love you." 

You don't know this, but you've been a wonderful rock of love and faith for Mommy and me over the past few years.  It's a lot for a little girl to manage, and we've tried to make sure you don't know how much we depend on you for the love you give, but you've continued to make our days brighter just by being yourself.   Thank you, Ainsley, for being who you are and how God made you.  Don't you ever stop.

I'm going to keep this short and sweet, because I'm at a coffeehouse finishing up Sunday night stuff and I'd like to get home to you, your sister and Mommy.  Happy belated Birthday.


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