Dayla, you turned 10 this year. This feels so big; double digits. You are now more than halfway through your years and life at home with us. The years of your dad and I giving training and guidance are shorter now…and we need to open our hands more and more as you start to stretch your wings..and you sure do love stretching your wings!
However those are not the only reasons it feels so big. When you turned 10, something big happened with you, in you, too. This summer, right before your 10th birthday, your eyes opened in new way. You have always been very introspective, kind,and thoughtful beyond your years….but this summer you became even more so. You started to see things in people…your eyes opened to their needs and their hearts. You started to see that your parents are not always fighting against you; you started to see our point of view for what feels like the first time. You started to laugh at yourself; we laugh together at ourselves so much more and it feels so good to laugh.
This new set of glasses are amazing. It is like your already big heart grew 10x bigger. It is a gift to witness. It is a gift to be around. I can’t wait to see the woman that God continues to grow you to be.
For your 10th birthday I wracked my brain for a way to make it special. You were already going to have a big birthday party with 12 of your friends, but I wanted to think of special beyond that…something to make this birthday feel special beyond the other years. I mean, double digits is big! Then it dawned on me, something I can give that IS special: a photo shoot! So we put on our makeup and our matching white dresses and headed out to Iron Mountain to take photos together. Your first photo shoot. I was given the gift of capturing how beautiful you are on the outside (I wish I could capture how beautiful you are on the inside too..but that is a gift that remains yours to give to those who know you well)
It was such fun. And when we were done, we headed to a Starbucks to spend that gift card your Aunt Kristy gave you. We had treats, relaxed in the sun, chatted about all things, and laughed a lot.
When we came home I let you paint your finger nails for the first time. You opened your gifts: the most amazing set of pens from Nana and Grandpa, a mermaid tale from us, and beanie boos from Grandma and Papa. Then Daddy took you to Poway Lake. You read and relaxed with him too (being quiet and mellow has always been more your thing) and then headed to a special sushi dinner. It was pretty much the perfect day for me and Daddy (and I think you too!)
Daddy and I both love you so much Dayla. We are so proud of you and the woman God continues to grow you to be. Happy 10th Birthday!