One year ago, right at this very moment, I was in labor. I could not have imagined how my life would drastically change at 4:00 pm that day. It was, by far, the most excruciating pain I have ever experienced since I had a drug-free birth. It was also, by far, the most joyous occasion of my life (at 4:01 pm).
Dearest Sweet Baby Girl,
You aren't really that much of a baby anymore. You are certainly becoming your own person very quickly. You are trying new things, like climbing the stairs, and new foods, like meat! You like to test how far you can go but you respond pretty quickly to us when we tell you "no".
You are one-year-old today. I cannot believe how fast this year has gone and how much we both have changed. You continue to amaze us every single day by how much you are growing and learning. You now clap your hands when we say "Clap Your Hands" and you are saying so many new sounds, although no real clear words yet. I believe you know who Dada is and who Momma is but you have yet to really label us with your words.
We love you very much. We are so blessed as your parents to have such a sweet, good-natured, and lovely person for a daughter. You have certainly lived up to the meaning of your name, which is "A Father's Joy". You are not only a joy to your Father but to everyone else around you as well. I'm sure that God is looking down on you today and smiling at the beautiful child of God that He created!