Ten whole years.
A decade of having a daughter and loving her like no other.
Ten years of watching you grow, first noticing your resemblance to me and then seeing your personality peek out and reveal that you and I are indeed cut from the same cloth.
We love the same things. Pasta, movies and all things girly.
We get frustrated by the same things. Rules, restrictions and being told no.
We see the world in precisely the same way and yet often find ourselves staring at each other in wonder, trying to figure out which battle to pursue and which to let lie.
You have challenged me, sweet Hannah, to step up my mothering game and be fully present in each moment that we share. You have beautifully mimicked my desire to help others and have a nurturing soul that gives and gives and gives. I see a life of service ahead for you, perhaps as a teacher or maybe a doctor where you can open up that huge heart of yours and pour out love to those in need.
It's no wonder that Austin calls for you when sad.
Or that Sienna, who will fight you on just about every silly thing she can think of, will also cry for you when you're not around.
Or that Dad and I with well up with love when you show your Hannahness to someone in need.
You are a light. A light that will shine on and cast a shadow of hope and happiness and love wherever you go.
Go far, my girl and dream big. The world is yours for the taking.
Happy Birthday Munners.