Mackenzie Louise - you are 9!

Daddy and I met you one night in April, nine years ago. You might say that meeting changed our lives. From that day onwards - into forever - we became aware of being a part of something far greater than ourselves. And that Something was You. We were knocked off our feet by the way you made us into a family and that way you just make yourself at home in our hearts is one of your best tricks.
You haven't changed - you are still funny, observant and philosophical. You are so clever with turning your thoughts into words and you coined many phrases that we still use. You have a grace and strength about you, diplomatic and generous with affection. Hugs are important to you, and back tickles make you nearly pass out with bliss. Books are your addiction, and you love warm bread and hashbrowns. You have beautiful fingers and gurgling laughter. You get easily distracted, your room gets messy quickly and your little sister delights in making you growl in frustration. You got glasses this year and you have cared for them so well.
You are helpful, instantly repentant and very reliable. You hate being alone. You often call me through the day just to check I am still around. Sometimes you come and check that you can see me. Once this year I left you in car with the baby while I rushed into the shops for some fruit. I was gone for 10 minutes. You were hysterical when I returned, and your fingers did not stop shaking for a long time after. It is so important to you that you feel secure. That you know who is picking you up, and when.
You do not like classically girlie things - and pinks have to be hot and not baby. You did not want chocolate cake, you wanted a vanilla birthday sponge. You enjoy soccer and it was a lot of fun to see you get your own golf clubs this year. You are happy to get on with other people and you are so easy to enjoy as a daughter. So far this year you have only said "Whatever" to your Daddy twice and rolled your eyes at Mummy once. That's pretty good. You sing clearly and with joy and you have compassion for those around you in need.
You are truly delicious; you are tall, have thick wavy blonde hair, wonderful blue eyes and such a smile! - it lights up the rooms of our hearts. You are a treasure to us Kenzie - we love you more than you will ever know. Happy Birthday Beautiful.

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