My sweet Mackenzie Claire,
Tomorrow you turn eight. EIGHT! How is it that 365 days go by oh-so quickly?! Your seventh year of life was splendid, spectacular, and oh-so sweet.
You thrived in first grade and took on a love of reading and chapter books.
You enjoyed your first year of league basketball and learned what it took to compete and play hard. You did the same on your coach pitch softball team, swim team, and your running/triathlon events that you enjoyed participating in all year.
You lost more teeth and gained a few permanent ones.
You started playing piano.
You had the courage to sing a small solo and hold a speaking part at various performances.
There were so many experiences - new and old - that you enjoyed this past year.
We now celebrate and look ahead to you, our beautiful baby girl turning 8. I pray that this year you grow more in love with Jesus - that your curiosity flows as you dig into His Word. I pray that you continue to grow in kindness, in grace, in love as your light shines so brightly.
Mackie Claire, I'm honored to be your mama. What a cherished gift God gave me 8 years ago when you entered this world on your due date - Aug. 13 at 10:02 a.m. - all 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and 20 1/2" of you. And now I look at this gorgeous, gap-toothed, gangly girl who loves hard, plays hard, sleeps hard, and lives hard. You are a JOY, my precious daughter.
Love you, love you, love you. Happy Birthday, sweet pea!