Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Letter to My Daughter

Dear Evelyn,

Today you are five years old.  I should say something like:  "Where has the time gone?" but the reality is that it seems like you've always been here.  I am so proud of the young lady you're becoming.  You are kind to your little brother, patient with Mommy and Daddy, and always a very hard worker.  You try so hard, and no matter what challenges you face, you meet them head on.  After every struggle, you pick back up and keep going, usually joyfully.  I know that you will be amazing in kindergarten; you're ready, and you will love it.

In the last year you have accomplished so many things.  Full days at school, new friends, a new trach, and an even more fully developed personality - complete with an excellent sense of humor.  Speaking of personality, yours really shines right now.  In the last year you've picked up the beloved 'tongue wiggle' which has shown us so much more of who you are and how you think.  For a five-year-old, you certainly know your mind.  From choosing an outfit to telling us what you need medically, you make decisions in a very mature manner.

You've been through a lot in five short years, which is probably why I catch myself thinking you're much older.  I think the strength within you shows in the mature way you handle yourself - so rarely do we see you complain, or cry or have a bad attitude about anything.  I think that your attitude towards life is why, even though from the outside your life seems filled with struggle, we see it as wonderful.  You show us every day how happy you are - and we couldn't be happier to be your parents.

Evelyn, today was YOUR day - and since we just can't help it - there are a few more surprises in store for you over the next few days.  We are so proud of you, and we love you!