Dear Anna Claire,

Monday, October 14, 2013

Just yesterday, your Daddy and I were listening to "Dreamin' About Babies," as we anxiously rolled into Knoxville at 5 am.  Neither one of us truly prepared for what was in store for us on that Friday, October 13th, 2006.
We couldn't wait to meet you. 
But you....true to form, had other plans. 
You made us wait...
And wait....
And wait...
Until finally, you decided to throw some drama in, drop your heart rate, and make us come get you. 
And then....There you were. 
Your cry, your skin, your face.
Those eyes. 
I'd never seen anything more beautiful.  Never seen a newborn more alert, more ready to meet the world. 
Despite all your best efforts to stay inside....You were ready.
And you were an atmosphere changer from the get go. 
I'm so so proud to be your Mommy.  You are my right arm, my heart. 
You are so bright.  And I'm not just saying that.  You can read off the charts....and your math skills....not bad, actually advanced.  Your Daddy and I have prayed since before you were born you would get the recessive gene since neither one of us ever excelled in that area.
You are always planning something.  Whether it be for later today or 10 years from now.  I would love for you to live in the moment sometimes, but who am I kidding??  You are just like me. 
You love to dance, to put on a show, are live in a world where you think all eyes on you all the time.  You are an atmosphere changer.  When you walk in a room, it changes.  Your eyes, your smile, your laugh, your ability to talk in circles (much like your Daddy) changes people.  And it captures people.  It always has.  From the moment you were born those big blue eyes have captured hearts. 
Your way with words, your beauty inside and out, your kindness, your love for Jesus, your heart, your love. 
It's really indescribable. 
Your laugh, your smile, your imagination, even the way you argue. 
It's all effortless.
You are one of a kind, my dear daughter.
I love you to the heavens and back times infinity. 



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