Oh, my sweet Ileigh.
You give the best hugs. Seriously, the best hugs in the entire world.
You put everything you are and have into your hugs. I pray that you put everything you have into life and “squeeeeeze”.
You are the best and the most difficult thing I have ever done. You have, within moments, brought me to my knees and filled my heart with immeasurable joy.
That spunk. You are one spunky kid. And the dimples.
You are one very smart cookie. Every day you surprise me. Sometimes I feel guilty for not taking the time to really “teach” you the way I did Eli, but then, you just blow me away. You are a quick learner and super sharp. You can count to twenty- something your brother hadn’t mastered at your age- and are practically potty-training yourself. Your independent streak is a mile wide. It is like you just walk in and say, “Oh, that’s sweet. Now, watch me do it better”. Wozers.
You are our treasure. I love to dream about your future; I can’t wait to see where life leads you- and whomever or whatever is in your way better stand clear.
I pray for boldness and confidence for you, my love. I pray that you guard your heart, and at the same time are filled with such grace and compassion for others.
You are everything I imagined for my daughter and I am so proud of you. I am grateful for you every single day, my love.
You are beautiful and treasured. Happy 2nd birthday, Sunshine.