February 27, 2013. Can it really be already? Wasn't it just yesterday that I was holding you in my arms in that cold operating room, gazing into those bright blue eyes as our surgeon rambled on about Billy Idol? I had never seen anything so beautiful, and it was love at first sight.
You put your daddy and I through the ringer those first few months. I never thought we would sleeep again and you loved the sound of your own scream. But I think God was preparing you and shaping you with a heart of tenacity for the plans He had already mapped for you.
The toddler years weren't exactly cake and ice cream either, as we searched high and low on how we were to help guide this strong willed child of ours! But even at a young age, you loved your mommy and daddy. You longed to be in right fellowship with us and your heart was becoming more teachable.
We have watched you welcome three of your siblings into our family and you never once showed a sign of jealousy or doubt. You were proud to be a big sister, and it suited you so well. God could not have picked a better first born than you, darling. You have just the right amount of leadership tempered with a merciful heart. Its as if God was preparing you for something BIG.
And mommy tried to be brave as you started kindergarten this year. I was fearful of the influences the world might inflict upon you and I worried that my voice would grow quiet in your heart as it would be replaced with friends, teachers, and culture.
But your daddy and I are so very proud of you, sweet girl. The choices you are making bring honor to the Ramsey family. Climbing out of our van, you put your people eyes on. You look for those who might need a friend and you speak kindly and obey your teacher. You were even awarded the character pillar award for your kindergarten class. You not only bring honor to our family, but you bring honor to your heavenly Father as well, and for that -we are so proud.
You get your sillies from your daddy. You still love to dress up like a princess, play ABCmouse.com, and take selfies on my phone.
Your daddy and I pray for your everyday. We pray that God would use you in a might way. This world needs more of Jesus, honey, and you have been given a special gift. A gift of mercy and a gift of wisdom - use them. Obey Jesus in everything you do and shine your light so bright that you change a world that is so full of darkness. The young girl you are growing up to be makes your mommy so proud.
"Don't let others look down on you because you are young, but set an example for other in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity."
Your mommy loves you, sweet girl, with everything that I am. I thank God everyday for entrusting me with you. God has BIG plans for you, and it is my prayer that you will stay full of life and energy, remain obedient to mommy and daddy, and keep your heart and mind pure. It is an honor to be your mommy, and even a bigger honor to be your friend.