Today we celebrate this girl, and what a privilege it is to do so.

Tia grows more beautiful every day, much to her dad’s chagrin, and she is increasingly fun to be around.

I could say a million things about her – about the fact that she’s both sweet and spicy, she’s funny, and compassionate, and tenacious, and she is by far the hardest worker I’ve ever known.

But mostly I just want to say how very grateful I am to be her mom. She’s a tough kid, and parenting her keeps us on our toes. Thank God for that, because life would be wretchedly boring otherwise.

Happy Birthday to my nine year old daughter.

Only 365 more days until she hits the double digits.

I know this because she told me last night before she went to bed.


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