Happy 19th Birthday! It seems like we just met you last year. OK, so we really did just meet you last year. But the truth is, you have been on our minds and in our hearts a lot longer than that. I don’t think a day has gone by since I met Mike that he hasn’t thought about you, and I would regularly find myself wondering what your life was like as well.
Over the last year I have come to know you as a beautiful, strong, determined young woman. I have been able to see small snippets of your life that show how much you love your family and how deeply you care for your friends. I’ve been able to learn more about your dreams and see you begin to shape the rest of your life. There’s no denying that you are capable of doing amazing things.
Our relationship is a bit of an unusual one, I don’t think there’s any name or definition for it, but it means the world to me. I just love having you as a part of my life. I love getting to share some of the happiness and love that you bring to those closest to you. I hope you don’t think I’m too weird for wanting to share a small piece of my life with you occasionally as well.
As you move on to bigger and better things I hope you will always remember that Mike and I love you. Your younger sisters and brother love you too. We are all so glad to have you as part of our family and hope that you will always feel welcome here. Thank you for sharing your light with us.