Happy Birthday Beautiful Jenni Girl!

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Today my beautiful daughter Jennifer Susan Dietel turns 33!  I am so grateful to God for being her mother.  I treasure the million hugs and “I love you” texts from her. Each one is etched into my soul. I have tried and failed this week to write down how I feel about my daughter. . . it is very difficult to find words that can express the deep love I have for this young woman . . . so I  pray this letter speaks from my heart to yours Jenni girl.

My precious daughter,

When you were born, I was so taken by your tiny and beautiful body . . . I couldn’t bear to look away. You were perfect . . . beautiful hair, your little toes and fingers . . . my little miracle. I forced myself to let go and let the nurses and doctors care for you. 

I now find myself having a similar experience. While you have grown from a helpless infant to an independent young woman, I have often held my breath, hoping I would know when to hold your hand, when to stand behind you with a little push, and when to let go. I look into your eyes and I still see that strong spirit that fought to stay alive. My wish for you today is that you be bold and full of peace and joy knowing  that “All things are possible if you Believe” . . . 

I am so incredibly proud of you! You are a beautiful soul, full of compassion and love. Because of you dear Jenni I have experienced such joy. There is nothing that compares to a mother-daughter bond (and no one can make me laugh like you do)! I know I am a better person for having you in my life . . . Happy Happy Birthday dear Jenni . . . wishing you days ahead that reflect endless possibilities.

I love you with all my heart, Mom