Born the baby of 5 girls, I will never forget the day I found out about you. We were all sat up on the bed in an Arizona motel like little stair steps and one by one our parents relayed how blessed they were by each of us, and then then finished and we all looked at the blank piece of bed and knew a new baby would be there soon. And we all cried bad tears. Oh but you were oh so very needed. You were born into a time of extreme turmoil and pain in our lives and you my darling sister could have very well been burnt up in the fire but you have instead come out a diamond.
Your sweetness and love for those around you is a beautiful thing to behold. You choose to smile even when things aren't worth smiling about. You are a scrappy little thing, always proving that you belong with the big sisters.
Senior portraits are always a little hokey to me. Awkward and forced and in limbo...just like that time of life is. But I knew it wouldn't be like that with you. Your curious little soul shone so bright and your eyes sparkled with a genuine, unforced love of life. Feminine but so very brave.
I love you.
My heart bursts with pride of you, my little darling.