We had a small family celebration this weekend at our house and Paige's response was that she couldn't imagine a better birthday and doesn't know how she'll top this one next year. This comes after she was feverishly helping me the night before (after a school event and having the kitchen tore up for 2+ days) to prepare because she literally felt bad (read: thankful) for the effort I was putting in. And this is where the major change in the past year has become apparent. I love her gift of gratitude and, unlike many of us, she remembers to verbalize it. Whether it is an article of clothing washed in time to be worn or a dinner she particularly liked (which is most), she is always the first to say thank-you.
She is a great communicator. She is a pleaser. She is thoughtful. She is happy. She is excitable. She is beautiful. She is open-minded and caring. She has become so much more than I ever could have imagined in that time of anticipation in 2002. Happy birthday, Paige Michelle!
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