A Letter to My Daughter

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Dear Annabella,

When you were born, my entire life changed forever.

When I looked at your tiny, newborn face, my heart filled with joy. I felt like I had been missing you my whole life, and then suddenly you were here and my life was complete.

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Watching you grow up for the last two years has been my greatest adventure. To celebrate your 2nd birthday, I want to share 4 things that I want you to know.

1. I love you...

And I will always love you, no matter what. There is nothing that you can do or say that will change that.

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2. I will always be on your side. 

I will protect you, I will fight for you, and I will be cheering for you on the sidelines of whatever you do.

3. You are your own person. 

Even when I dress you like me and make you wear frilly dresses, I understand that you have your own personality and favorites. You're amazing, Belle. Don't ever let anyone tell you who to be, or what to like.

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4. You can do anything and be anything you put your mind to.

I have never seen anyone else more determined than you are. I have seen you climb onto the counter to get a bag of cookies, even when you were told no. I have seen you go down the tallest slide at the playground all by yourself. I taught you to say "I'm strong!" instead of "I can't," because you are so strong and determined.

I love you, Annabella, and I am so blessed to be your mommy. 

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Apple of Our Eye Birthday Party

Apple of Our Eye Birthday Party

don't look back, you're not going that way

don't look back, you're not going that way