Updated on July 4, 2016
If you ever decide to become a superhero, may I suggest your official name be Sister-Girl? Katelynn, I am incredibly proud of you. Nine was a very hard year for you. I was so busy praying for your brother before the move and knew that you would rock any situation with the confidence you’ve always shown, that I totally forgot to worry about you starting a new school too. But you did…and man it was harder that we thought it would be.
Nine year old girls are not as welcoming as we had hoped. Nine year old girls who are not held accountable for their actions can make the day at school hard and overwhelming. But those nine year old girls didn’t break your spirit. And you found some other nine year old girls….you found some good ones.
You are an incredible person. You have always been so kind and compassionate with people. You can see someone struggling and have the forethought to help and seek out ways to improve the situation. For years, you have wanted to be a special needs nurse or teacher. You’ve taken hard classroom experiences and used them to help your classmates and your cousins.
Thank you for sticking it out! Thank you for showing up for school and being a great student even when things were super tough socially. Thank you for sticking up for yourself when the adults around you refused to address the situations appropriately. Thank you for talking to me and telling me how I can help you and when I need to sit back and let you handle it. You are so confident in who you are!
Thank you for being the best (only) girl cousin in our family. Thank you for responding to Carter every time he calls for his “Yak Yak” (even the 47th time). Thank you for playing and caring for all of our family. Thank you for waitressing and crafting for us. Thank you for always remembering birthdays and knowing what would be the perfect present.
Thank you for your smile. Thank you for giggles. Thank you for spending the year with braces and for being so tough when all the things were happening in your mouth.
Thank you for being our dancing queen. Thank you for always having the perfect moves for every song you hear. Thank you for practicing and performing with a smile on your face. Thank you for being such a joy and a light for our family.
Congrats on making it to the double digits. I look forward to each and every morning when you ask for me to fix your hair and help you pick out clothes that you probably will chose not to wear. Thank you for being my sister-girl.
I love you to the moon and back Katelynn.
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear how much I love you.
Please don’t take my sunshine away.
Happy Birthday girlfriend! Love, Mom