Happy 12th Birthday my sweet flower child!!
It doesn't seem that long ago that you were born. At dawn. In a flower garden. With only your daddy and I there. Here you are with daddy and big sister Haley just a short time after your birth.
This has been a very big year for you!! You started middle school!!
You decided to try new things with you hair.
You tried out for the school play.
You learned some very hard lessons about what it means to be a good friend, and how you deserve to be treated by those people who claim to be your friends.
But most importantly, you stayed true to you.
You continue to love animals and developed an INTENSE and DRIVEN desire to fish. All the time. Fish.
You love crafting and and were even featured in the newspaper!
You ran Gasparilla and Disney Dark Side!
This year also found you obsessed with Zombies. You read the Darren Shan Zom-B series, you watched the entire series of Z-Nation and even dressed up like a Zombie for Halloween.
You are giving me signs of the type of young woman you are becoming. You don't take BS from ANYONE; you don't need other people to make you happy. You are independent, funny, smart, athletic, but most of all, you are kind.
I am so proud of you Ella and I am excited for you as you embark on your 12th year of life!
Happy birthday my Sweet Ella.
I love you,