Today I watched you turn nine years old. I watched as you came tiptoeing into our bedroom with the innocence of a child and giggle when Daddy announced that we had the birthday girl coming into our room. I watched as you came over to the bed and I wrapped my arms around you never wanting to let go because letting go means just that. I saw you climb into our bed and snuggle up to Alyson, being that amazing big sister that you are. I watched as you went down the stairs, into the living room and waited for all of your birthday wishes to be bestowed upon you.
I looked into your deep brown eyes and wondered how I ever lived my life without you in it. I don't ever remember feeling love the way I felt when I first held you in my arms. I don't ever remember feeling pain until I heard you crying when you were sick or hurt and worry was not even a word I should have been allowed to use until I had you.
Destyni I don't know if you will ever understand how much you changed my life, changed who I was. You made me into a person that I love. My firstborn, my Princess Buttercup--Happy Birthday!!
On the night you were born,
the moon smiled with such wonder
that the stars peeked in to see you
and the night wind whispered,
"Life will never be the same."
Because there had never been anyone like you...
ever in the world.