You, my sweet girl, are 4! 4, in my mind, if officially the year where you are a "big girl"; gone are the days of being a baby/toddler. You are now a preschooler! While my heart breaks a little to see you getting so big, it also explodes with happiness. I love to see how much you are growing and changing. You are a very different girl than you were last year, and I have loved seeing you grow and change.
You have had a big year, sweet girl! You have gained a baby brother, started school, made tons of friends, and become more of your own person. You have handled becoming a big sister better that I ever could have dreamed of. I knew that you would be great at it - I didn't know that you would be AMAZING at it. You love Cooper so much, and he absolutely adores you. You can make him smile faster than any one of us, and his eyes never come off of you when you are in the room.
You also had the chance to start preschool this year. While you were nervous and a little apprehensive at first, you now LOVE it. It has been amazing to see you grow this year in school. Your have grown in your confidence, your sense of humor, your friendships, your academic knowledge, and your artistic side. School has been great for you!
The one thing that I really want you to know from this year, sweet girl, is how much I love you. I can't tell you the number of times recently that I have found myself just staring at you in awe. In awe of how special and wonderful you are. In awe of how caring, funny, and care-free you are. In awe that God chose use to be your family. You have been the best thing that has ever happened to us. You changed our worlds for the better, and I couldn't imagine life without you.
Over the last year, I've seen so much of the girl that you will become. A MAJOR love for animals. A caring heart. A silly personality. A stubborn streak. You are more than I ever could have asked for, and even better than my biggest dreams. You are my best friend. My sweet girl. My mini-me. My silly goose. And my best girl.
I LOVE YOU. To the moon and back.