So I hope your dad will find this post today and show it to you, because -- especially today -- I want to tell you what an amazing person you are growing up to be.
I love your sense of humor: You see what's truly funny about the world we live in and the people we share it with.
I love your sense of fair play. You don't tolerate cheats or cruelty. You don't play stupid girl games.
I love your intelligence. You are one smart kid.
I love your athleticism. You amaze me with your derring-do.
In fact, you have amazed me every day for the last 12 years.
Happy Birthday, baby girl. I'm having fun with all my mommy blogging friends... but I can't wait to get home to you.