Today you are 5 years old! It is so hard to believe that you have been blessing our lives for so long. You have brought so much happiness into our lives and you have a major role in this family. You are the daughter, the stepdaughter, and the big sister. You are such a big help around here and you are always amazing us with your intelligence. Sometimes you and I can just sit and talk for a long time and then all of a sudden you'll ask, "are we having a conversation?". Ha! I love our little chats on the phone and our Girl's Nights. My favorite thing to do with you is to cook or bake. It is a great oppertunity for me to teach you things and you're having so much fun that you don't even realize that you're being taught. You have become quite the cook! Before I know it you'll be cooking dinner and baking cookies for me instead of the other way around. You recently started kindergarten and so far you're off to a great start! Your teacher told us that it is a joy to have you in her class and that you are very sweet. I'm so glad she sees those qualities in you because those are two of my most favorite things about you. You are a very loveable little girl and you would let us love on you all day if we could. You have become very independent over the years and that leaves your Daddy and I with mixed emotions. We are so glad and excited for you to do new things on your own, but it also makes us sad to know you don't need our help anymore. You are a constant joy to be around, and we are so lucky to have you as a part of our family. We love you more than you'll ever know, and we hope you have the best birthday ever!