15. July 2014 16:01
Yesterday you turned 9 years old. NINE. I apologize that I didn't get your letter up in time, but we were on Jekyll Island, I broke my phone, and well, you were there, so I don't need to explain.
I'm so proud of the little lady that you became this year. This was a big year for you. I watched as you grew not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Physically you grew like 4 inches and you are now about "*" this close to being taller than your older sister. You also gained nearly 10 pounds this year!! You are long, and lean, and fast, and strong.
Mentally you are as smart as a whip, and you really got into computers. You impress the heck out of me and your dad, and we hope that you love your brand new computer that we got you for your birthday. You did so well on your 3rd grade FCAT test, earning a near perfect score in reading/writing, and just a point off in mathematics. So proud.
Emotionally you have always been a gentle, kind soul. But this year we've watched as you have become even more kind not only in regards to animals, but about people and the tragedy that you see going on around you. You keep asking for world peace, and I hope that it happens in your lifetime.
Spiritually you have really begun to question "why" and "what if." Why are we here? Who made us? Is god real? What if there is a heaven? What if there isn't?
I don't have the answers for you Ella, but I will continue to guide you on your path.
Happy 9th Birthday, Ella. I love you so much!
Photo taken on Jekyll Island, GA on 7-14-14, Ella's 9th birthday.