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Allie Girl

Allie Girl,

Its here! Today is your 14th birthday and I stare at you from across the room and still see our little girl. Even though I know you aren't so little anymore. I'm reminded of that daily in our conversations, our conflicting opinions, our interactions, and our time spent together, but still there are moments if I concentrate hard enough that I see the little in you. Its there and it comes flooding back to my mind through the memories I hold onto from years past.

Allison, I am so proud of you. You are truly a beautiful girl. I'm watching you find your way and figure out who you want to be. Its sooooo hard not to jump in and try to make you something I think you should be, but yet so amazing to watch who God is molding you into.

You make our home fun! You have so much of your daddy in you that life can't be anything but fun when your around. I love that about you. We laugh so hard at the things you say, the ideas you come up with, and the everyday, common sense that should come so easy, but yet is somehow so hard for you to understand. I love your innosence. I love your lack of understanding. I love your ability to laugh at yourself and your ability to make those around you laugh. You don't take life too seriously and that is one of my favorite thing about you.

You are the very best of both your daddy and I. How I wish I could be as fearless as you are my sweet girl. In so many ways I admire that in you. Nothing frightens you. No one intimidates you. No circumstance keeps you from doing exactly what you want to do.(That can be good and bad!)

I'll never forget the first moment I saw you. This rush of awe and responsibility flooded over me. I gently touched your tiny face and realized that God had placed in my hands the job of raising you to be an amazing young lady. I'm not so sure that its your raising that has made you into one, but I do see that you are becoming just that! It makes my heart soooo proud!

Allie Girl, there are going to be those days when you and I don't see eye to eye. We've had a few of those lately:), but I promise that at the end of those days I will still love you. I will still be there for you. I will still be on your side. There is NOTHING you can do that will ever change the way I feel about you. Our home is your refuge. I am your safe place. Your daddy will protect you. Your big brother will fight for you. Your baby sister will always adore you. Friends will come and go, teachers will not understand, boys will change their minds, teams will lose, and you may not always be awarded what you are trying out for, but...remember this...our God, your Saviour, and your eternal salvation WILL NEVER FAIL. I can promise you that.

I pray you have the BEST day today. I hear its already starting out to be and I'm so excited for you. Stay true to who you know you are. Keep working hard to achieve your dreams. Know we are all pulling for you. Today and everyday of your life. Happy, happy birthday my beautiful Allison Brooke. You are so loved!


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