Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Dear Madeline,

Today we are celebrating sixteen years of being parents, sixteen years of having children, sixteen years with you. You have taught us so much about patience, and joy, and hard work, and unconditional love. We can't imagine life without you and in just a few short years, when you move away, the house will be a little more dull because you are a bright light here. Your jokes, your funny voices, and your laughter help make this home feel alive.

We believe in you. We believe that you have the strength to conquer whatever mountains lie in your path. Thank you for being who you are, for teaching us so much, and for being so patient with us.

We love you to the moon.
Mom and Dad