How did this happen? Yesterday you were 5 with your big LL Bean backpack heading into school. Having all you can do to get the door open. Now you are almost a teen with your own mind, your own opinions and your own choice in music. You are stronger than you realize. You are braver than you know. You are more beautiful than you see. You are loved unconditionally by more than just dad and me. You have a whole tribe behind you. Praying for you. Fighting for you. Loving you. Wanting the very best for you. Happy Birthday, Little Girl. I count it a privilege to be your mom and watch you grow!