Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Four Years!!

Dear Rachael,
We're here in Rexburg visiting Grandma and Grandpa Russell and it is bringing back SO many memories of this day four years ago. The panic that I felt when the doctor told me I needed to be induced TODAY, the anxiety I felt getting checked into the hospital, the relief I felt at receiving my epidural :), and the indescribable joy I felt when I held you for the first time. That first time was such an amazing moment. I felt no panic, I felt no fear, I only felt love for you. You were the perfect first child, and seeing you grow and learn has been the most fulfilling thing I've ever experienced. Yesterday we went to a pizza restaurant and you were acting crazy, seriously insane, but your dad and I couldn't help but smile and laugh at our spunky, gorgeous girl. Your dad said to me, "Have you had fun with her these last four years?" Of course I have, more fun than I've ever had. Its been rough, and you've been upset with me a fair bit, but we've made it through. You are so kind to others, so polite to everyone you meet, so sweet with your baby sister, so patient with your mom and dad when we're trying to understand you. Every day you learn and improve, and I couldn't be more proud of you. I hope and pray you continue to be the sweet, caring girl you are now.

We love you, kid!