Today is Kayci's 9th birthday. It's a little hard to fathom that it's been nine years since she came into our lives and changed everything (for the better.) It seems - literally - like another lifetime ago. We still lived in Houston, I was doing freelance work out of the house, Kristi was still in the classroom teaching and, upon looking back at some of the photos of when she was born, both Kristi and I both look so much like kids.
Since then, we've moved to a new town, gotten new jobs, family members have passed away and we've been blessed with others. In fact, it's tough for us to remember much about our lives - what we did with our time - before Kayci came along.
And it's been a great nine years. We've watched our little Bitty grow and blossom into a Beauty - a young lady who is smart and determined and just simply amazing. It hurts the heart how big she is. We find ourselves trying not to think about how old she's getting and what that means. We just want to savor every moment with her and relish her youth and, as the words to the song say, "let her be little."
So Happy Birthday, Beauty. Somehow, that just doesn't say what's in our hearts. Mommy and I love you more than you can possibly imagine and we're so proud of who you are and who you're becoming. Somehow, you find new ways to amaze us and to make us more proud every day.
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