As I wake early on this particular day, my heart is bursting with pride. My gorgeous daughter is now 21! You make me proud in many ways, and I love watching you grow into the beautiful, strong young lady you have become. I say it every year, but I can not believe my baby girl is now a young adult! Another lap around the sun, another year older and another year of loving you.
It feels like yesterday when we found out I was pregnant and the joy in your father’s eye when we were told the baby moving around on the screen was, in fact, a girl. I knew at that moment that you would always be daddy’s little girl. Things haven’t changed much since then, you will always be the apple in his eye, and even when you have children of your own, you will always be daddy’s little girl.
For me, you have always been exceptional; from the first time I laid eyes on you, I knew I had fallen in love, and I knew I felt I needed to protect you forever, even if you and when you no longer need it.
As years have passed, you have developed into a kind-hearted, loyal, considerate friend, caring sister, and loving daughter. You stand up for what you believe in and never shy from competition. Your strong-minded beliefs and passionate energy makes me realise how lucky I am to call you my daughter.
Your huge smile lights up a room, and your infectious laugh ensures everyone around you is along for the ride. So don’t change for anyone! Just keep being you.
Although we may not always see eye to eye, you will always have my support in all that you do. I believe in you, and I look forward to seeing where this journey will take you. So keep reaching for those stars because someday, I know you will get there because you deserve everything that comes your way.
If I could give you three things today, it would be the courage to face all that comes your way, the confidence to love yourself during all stages of your life and the wisdom to understand how much we love you.
So happy 21st birthday to my beautiful, talented, warm-hearted daughter. May today and every day moving forward be full of love and laughter surrounded by those who love you the most.
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