My dearest Hannah,
Today is your 7th birthday. I can hardly believe it. You are growing up so fast. It seems like just yesterday I told you that you were getting so big, and to slow down a little. Oh wait. It WAS yesterday.
It's not that I don't want you to get 'big'. I know that you will.
It's just that I am so enjoying who you are right now, that I can wait for you to grow.
Since the day you were born, you have brought JOY into our world. Your enthusiasm for life is contagious, and you daily remind me to find that JOY in the little things. You have an intense amount of your fathers passion inside of you. I love that.
One of my favourite things about you is that you are your own person. Although you like current fads, and appreciate others approval, you consistently make up your own mind and ideas. At times, there may be some who would be embarrassed to go 'in public' with what you had chosen to wear, but I simply LOVE IT! Knowing you feel confident in who you are is rewarding to me. I pray you always feel this assurance in who GOD has made you.
You show genuine care with your siblings, and will often do without if it means that they will benefit. You are a 'little mother' -- if only I had $1 for every time I have had to say "I am their mother Hannah, not you". You are tender and compassionate. You love with everything you have.
You are fiercely independant. A tad stubborn. You get that honestly. You seem wise beyond your years some days. An 'old soul' grandma says. You live with respect, and hate to see anyone breaking the "rules". Just remember that we have no control over what others do. And always remember that, ultimately, God is in control.
We waited so long for you, your father and I. We are so so glad you are here.
Our love for you is immeasurable. We love you deeply.
Happy Birthday Hannah Joy!!