My baby girl. My Tootsie. Are you really TEN years old now? Oh my gosh! You're growing so fast. Just 8 more years...

I can't even think about it. It makes me want to cry.

You have become such a responsible young lady. I feel so blessed to be called your Mama.

I love you. I hope you know that I will always love you. Even when I'm frustrated with you; I still love you. Even when we're butting heads; I still love you. Even when you've disobeyed; I still love you. Even when you're being just as stubborn as your mama (wonder where you got that?); I still love you. I will love you until the day I die.

I am so proud of you.

You're my baby girl. I remember when I found out you were in my belly. Daddy & I were so excited. I couldn't wait to hold you in my arms. Now, you've grown so much. I used to hold you in my arms. Now, you're borrowing my shoes.
You're so precious to me. I love your smile. I love your laugh. I love to hear you call me, "Mama". You're the one who started calling me that, and the others followed suit. (As is usually the case. Your brother and sister look up to you so much.)
You have such a good heart. You're always wanting to give to someone or help someone. I pray that you hear God's voice as He directs that giving spirit. You've always been that way. When you were little, you'd offer me a bite of your food. When you were 5, you heard someone at church say that they didn't have plates...and you wanted to give them some. So we did. Today, if you hear a need, you're the first to rush and fill that need...even if it means sacrificing of yourself.
Just remember to keep God first in your life. The Bible says to seek first the kingdom of God and all His righteousness. His word will light your path as you seek Him daily. There's nothing I love more than hearing you talk about Jesus. I love hearing you sing about Him as you go about your day. I love your heart and desire to get to know Him more by reading His word.
I am excited to see how God continues to grow you as you turn into more of a young lady.
I love you, sweetie! Happy birthday!

P.S.-For those who don't know yet, you can hear Tootsie's thoughts at her new blog.


Bill said...

Kirstie, I hope that you have a great day. You are my oldest grandchild. I hope th get to see you very soon. I hope that you have a very happy birthday.

I Love You,

Grandpa Bill

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

Grandpa Shoemaker-I hope I get to see you soon, too...and mommy's sister too.

Thank you for the birthday wishes.

I love you, too.

Also, did you know I have my own blog now? It's at www.thoughtsofatootsie.com. I got it for my birthday.