On a dark humid Florida night, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.
It was May 23, 1989.
And from the second that she took her very first breath, I have been there.
That was all that I ever wanted from the moment that she was born.
I wanted to be there for her firsts and for her lasts. I wanted to be there when she needed me and I wanted to be there even when she didn't.
I remember having a sense of urgency when she was born. Please God, I prayed. Please just let me be there. Let me be there for her. Please don't let me miss anything.
Please just let me see her grow up.
And He did.
And she did.
And I am so thankful. I am so thankful for every single day that I have been this child's mother. I am so thankful that I was there to put on her Band-Aids and stroke her hair. I am so thankful to have held her little girl hand and I am so thankful to now know her big girl heart. Through the good and the bad and the happy and the sad - my heart overflows with joy that I was there.
And as she whirled and twirled through her childhood and blossomed into a young woman right before my eyes - I was there. And as she filled our home not only with the melody of her sweet music, but also with the strong spirited melody of her soul - I was there.
Yes, I was there.
Thank you God.
My baby girl. My dream come true too. Look at you.
You are now 21 years old.
Go forth and live your life.
But most importantly - LOVE YOUR LIFE.
Dream and do and then do and dream. And remember to do this over and over again.
And please know that wherever we may roam or wherever we may be, I will forever and ever be your Mommy.
In my heart you will always be home.
Happy Birthday Shannon Leigh!
I love you,