On this day at 9:59 in the morning, 9 years ago, my life was changed forever. Your daddy and I had only been married for just under 10 months, and this was certainly not what we had in mind when we said "I do" at 20 years old, but when you came into our lives, our hearts melted.
Everyone told me I would know exactly what to do when you came - I knew they were crazy. But they were right. From the moment I first held you in my arms, with that tiny scratch on your right check that still scars it today, you were the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. We took you home to our tiny, one bedroom apartment, and you slept in the cradle that Pepaw handmade for you.
Slept through the night at 8 weeks, scaring me to death! I remember waking up at 5 am shaking your daddy, "did you feed Ashton??" Sure enough, there you were, sound asleep. Beautiful as ever.
You were such a wonderful baby. So smart. So happy.
Where did the time go?
Well, this year it went to my baby girl spending a little "girl time" with mommy.
Also, you went to your first ever summer camp - for 4 days! Boy did you have fun!!
And then we can't forget that this was the year that you showed the world that Jesus was your Lord and Savior and Papa baptized you. Yeah, that was a big one!
Ashton, you're growing up so fast, and so often I wish I could stop the clock, but when I look at you, I can't help but feel overwhelmed with pride. You are the most beautiful, talented, smart, loving little girl. I'm so blessed that God chose me to be your mother. I'd be lost without you.
I love that God gave you a piece of me and I can't wait to hear you sing on Sunday. You will do great and everyone will be amazed. You are so gifted.
Keep drawing, keep reading, keep laughing, keep believing.
I love more than you could possibly ever know - until you have a Punkin of your own. Then, Ashton, then you'll know.
Kisses baby girl. Mommy loves you. Have the happiest of birthdays!