(Picture taken by Laura Patrick Photography.)
I noticed the first time I held you and marveled that I had a daughter!!! That was so surprising after having three sons. I had to change your diaper extra times, just to make sure you were “still” a girl.
I noticed what a beautiful little girl you were, even as an infant.
I noticed how in awe your “big” brothers were of you.
I noticed how you love princesses, dresses, fancy shoes, and jewelry but also love to collect bugs with your brothers.
I noticed how you love to try on my shoes and parade across the bedroom in them.
I noticed how delighted you were to wear my necklace to preschool one day.
I noticed how you are not afraid to jump on top of a pile of wrestling brothers.
I noticed how you love to pick dandelions and to hand them to me to put in a vase.
I noticed how you love when Daddy takes you on dates.
I noticed how you loved when I painted your nails for the first time.
I noticed how you lovingly say, “my boys.”
I noticed how protective and nurturing you are of your little brother.
I noticed how independent and yet sensitive you are.
I noticed how you love Jesus and talk about Him.
I noticed how spiritually-sensitive and aware you are.
I noticed how you love to help me cook and clean.
I noticed how you love to have me rock you and how perfectly you fit on my lap still.
I noticed how tall you are getting and how I want to treasure these moments as much as possible.
I noticed how accomplished you are at helping me put together puzzles and how you won “Candyland” and “Chutes and Ladders” when we played last.
I noticed how your preschool teacher said you would be a great mother because you were protective and nurturing of everyone in your class.
I noticed how your preschool teacher said that when you grow up, you want to be a princess and marry the king — not just the prince.
I noticed how you have a great sense of fashion and color-coordination.
I noticed how you are quick to apologize when you do wrong and to give hugs.
Precious daughter, I treasure these times when I can watch you enjoy the sweetness of princesses, dolls, and tumbling with your brothers. I love the fact that you are my daughter — in all of your femininity and strength! I love your courage and your kindness! You are and always will be, a princess to Daddy and me! I love you.