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!

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