Dear Isa…

Today was a good day. It always has been a good day. Especially for the past 8 years.

Why yes, it is our sweet baby girl’s birthday (I think I will always think of you as my baby girl, no matter how old you actually are=)

This date, today, it’s always a little bitter sweet. Time just goes by WAY TOO FAST. I cannot believe that you turned Eight, that’s a BIG number. Has it really been that long? I wish I could turn back time sometime, knowing what I know now, how fast it goes by. I would try to take it in more, when you were a tiny little newborn, making that little mosquito sound when sleeping so peacefully. I would just watch for hours. I want that back some days. Or when you were two and chattering away with that tiny little voice. Those chubby cheeks, that little voice, your cute antics, I miss it. So much.

But then I look at you and what you have become, a beautiful little (big) girl. Smart, witty and kind. Your laughter makes me smile, no matter what kind of day I had. You are one of the sweetest, kindest people I’ve ever met. You practically are a mini mother to your little brother! Your capacity to  love  and care for any creature on this planet, big or small, creepy crawlers or sweet puppies is heartwarming. Your ability to take in the world in all of it’s detail is beyond my grasp. I love that you like to explore your creativity, never stop creating. And I know you are barely getting started.

I am beyond grateful for this day, eight years ago. It changed who I am to the core. Above anything else I am a mom. And I’ve learned a lot about myself. How much I am capable of loving. How it’s really the small moments that count. How hard it is to let go a bit (still working on that one). My biggest desire is to always be able to protect you, so nothing and nobody will ever hurt you. I know it’s not realistic. So all we can do is try to prepare you for life and t’s challenges to the best of our ability. The rest is really up to you. And I just know you’ll be great! I am so proud to be your mommy!

So on your birthday, my sweet baby girl, this is my wish for you:

Always know that you are loved.

Always know that you are beautiful, inside and out.

Always stay true to yourself and follow your heart.

And above all, ALWAYS know that you are LOVED…

Googol infinity!

Love, mommy