Happy Birthday Princess. I Love You!

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Today is both a glorious and sad milestone.  On November 3rd, 1992, the Lord brought my wife and I an amazing gift – a baby girl as beautiful and precious as one could ever imagine.  It was a time where I was still grieving the loss of my dad, but God in His infinite wisdom knew that Kayla would bring forth an immense joy to our family and be a beaming light in a very dark time.

I still vividly remember the day Kayla was born and how the doctor shouted at me to catch our first child (not like a football but a baby) and the tears I cried when my little girl had finally arrived.  Years later, Kayla watched the video of me holding her while I was crying and thought I was sad because she wasn’t a boy.  I assured my little Princess that I it was tears of extreme joy and that there were never any regrets of her being a girl.

There are so many incredible memories that I’ve been blessed to share with my Princess…

Cuddling her on my belly as we both would take long Sunday naps. Putting her feet in the summer grass for the first time and watching her mind grasp this new sensation.  The first time she laughed while watching our dog’s tail wag. And who could ever forget “Super Baby”, where I would push her into the air with my feet while laying on my back and watching Kayla’s eyes light up with excitement as we both yelled “SUPER BABY!”.  There are so many memories that I hope and pray that I will never forget.

Today my Princess turns eighteen. The years have flown by way too quickly and they will never be lived again.  She will be heading on a new journey soon — something I knew would come, but was never prepared for.

I am proud of my daughter Kayla.  She is beautiful, compassionate, kind, and extremely talented musically.  I have enjoyed hearing her sing since she was two years old and listening her play the piano for ten years now. This Saturday will be an honor hearing her perform the National Anthem for Senior Day at our football game … a day I know I will cry just as the day she was born.  Kayla is also very smart like her mother and has been awarded as a semi-finalist for the National Merit Scholars program.  Then she is also just like her dad; sharing the same taste for music, individuality and a rebellious nature!  But the thing I love most about Kayla is that she just is who she is.

Happy Birthday Princess.  You are very special to me and I love you very, very much. I am blessed beyond words that God gave me such a wonderful daughter and I will always be here for you.  I pray that the Lord provides you with an amazing life and that you will continue to walk with Him all your days.  And even though you are eighteen, you will always be Daddy’s Little Princess.  I love you!!!

– Daddy

P.S. I really had fun cheering with you and the other girls this year for football!  Go Patriots!

6 Comments

  1. Mike Rohde on November 3, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Happy birthday Kayla! Congrats mom & dad! 🙂

  2. Randy Cantrell on November 3, 2010 at 10:19 am

    There’s nothing quite like the bond between a father and a daughter. Happy Birthday, Kayla. I’m rather fond of your dad.

  3. Kim on November 3, 2010 at 10:27 am

    She is as beautiful on the outside as you describe her on the inside. You truly are blessed and I’ve no doubt that the reality of this day brings some trepidation for you. However, it certainly sounds as if you have built solid ground for her continued walk on this journey – life. She is blessed as well. Happy Birthday Kayla!

  4. James Dalman on November 4, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Kayla thanks you all for the birthday wishes (gotta show her how to comment on blogs) and she had an awesome day.

    The bond we have with both kids is very strong. We’ve made investing into their lives a priority and have done our best to break the “generational curses” from both sides of our families. We may not be rich in the things of the world, but we are extremely wealthy when it comes to love and the things that truly matter.

    Thanks again for your wishes!

  5. Susie Jenkins on November 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    That was beautiful, James! She truly is a wonderful young woman. We are so blessed to know her and the fam. Wish we could be there but hope to see you all soon.

    • James Dalman on November 11, 2010 at 11:28 pm

      Thanks Susie! We miss you all very much!

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