As I sit to write this I can hardly believe that is has been twenty five years since I held you in my arms for the first time. I can still recall the big brown eyes and tons of hair as I beamed down at you with pride and amazement. There was no handbook given to your dad and me as we took you home, but I knew if our home was filled with love that everything else would work out.
I thought how fitting it would be on your 25th year to share with you 25 things your dad and I love about you.
1. Big brown eyes
I can still remember those big, almost black eyes you had as a baby. They were so dark that we could hardly see your pupils.
2. Sense of independence
From a very young age you began to show both your dad and I that you could do things yourself. Your dad still recalls the time that he had you in the pool and you were determined that your dad did not need to hold you. This was just the beginning of the independence you would show us along your life.
3. Love of books
Your dad and I instilled the love of books with you by reading bed stories every night. The love of books still continues although your dad and I no longer read them to you.
4. Love of music
Although I love music I think your love of all music came from your dad. The sharing of music continues to this day between you and your dad.
5. Sense of humor
Your dad and I tried to fill our home with laughter. The sense of humor you have comes through both your dad and I. Laughter is always the best medicine.
There is no denying the beauty you have both inside and out.
7. Love of cooking/baking
I tried to always provide your brother and you with home cooked meals at home and always a homemade birthday cake. It gives me great joy to see your love of cooking and baking.
8. Our time together in the kitchen
I love when you come home and we spend time together in the kitchen trying out new recipes.
9. Unending love
Your unending love for you dad and I fills our heart with joy and we love when you leave and send us note reminding us of it.
Your dedication to your studies in college and receiving honors at graduation gave your dad and I great joy and it reminds us of how intelligent you are.
11. Free spirit
You have always been your own person and in a world where conforming is encouraged it is refreshing to know that you embrace who you are and what you believe.
I can still remember the days when those little arms wrapped around my neck to give me a hug. Although your arms are much bigger now the feeling that is in my heart is the same.
13. Sense of adventure
You are always willing to experiencing something new and out of the ordinary, never judging it before you give it a try at least once.
14. Sense of style
I often marvel at your ability to put things together. At a very young age you had a sense of your own style and your dad and I always encouraged you to be your own unique self.
15. Love of the park and feeding the ducks
I can still remember the Saturday afternoons taking you to the park so that you could run free and always bring bread to feed the ducks. It is one of my fondest memories.
16. Way with words
I know that your dad always enjoyed proof reading your papers for school, often so impressed by your way with words. You’re totally blessed with the ability to express in words your thought and feelings and the many years of writing in your journals only helped to foster that for yourself.
I always enjoyed your creations from the covering of your journals to the makeup you wear. Your creativity and uniqueness is one of a kind.
18. Amazing knowledge of pop music
Your dad is always so fascinated in your knowledge of pop music, often stating you know more than him and that is truly a huge accomplishment.
19. Ability to have lasting meaningful friendships
Often friendships come and go but you have been able to keep many meaningful friendships in your life. Many of those friends we consider part of our family.
20. Social butterfly
You so often are going to concerts, parties and gathering to stay connected with the people you care about and possibly meet new and interesting people along the way.
Your energy and zest for life if often contagious and it wonderful to see and be a part of.
22. Not afraid to stand up for what she believes
I love to see your dedication and commitment to the things that you believe in no matter how much others may disagree.
23. Overcome obstacles
Life is not always easy and often times things must be sacrificed in order to do the things you need to do but don’t necessary want to do. But I know that your dreams and desires are still there and will come to fruition
24. Kind and compassionate
You are kind and compassionate with your words and actions often doing for others before doing for yourself.
25. You are a showcase of the love, support and guidance your dad and I have given you the past 25 years.
We love you Sara for all that you are and all that you will become!