Katelynn and Alivia:
It seems nearly impossible that out of the 365 days of the year, God chose both of you to be born on the same day. To honor the both of you, your letters will be posted on two successive days. Starting with Katelynn (she is, after all, the oldest) today.
While looking for a picture of you, I came across this one. I sat and stared for a while. No, not at my cute little guy, but at you. At how beautiful you have become. I think back to when you were born. You were a delight from the beginning. I think God blessed Mother with you because Aaron was so exhausting. He sent you to bring balance back into the family. You did and still do.
I've never told you this, but I felt a lot of guilt about your baby years. I felt I should have held you more, played with you more, and paid you more attention. I was sure that my selfishness had ruined our relationship forever. This idea held me back from basking in your delightful spirit for many years. I didn't think I was worthy enough.
I know it must be hard, smashed by 2 older brothers and 3 older sisters, but you have learned to hold your ground. Your voice is often the reasonable one amidst the torrents of nasty remarks. Your slick sense of humor can ease tense moments. Your calm demeanor helps us all to be more patient.
You might be younger than me, but I look up to you. Your courage in all situations stuns me. Your desire to do what's right no matter what makes me shiver. Your valiance. Your strength.
You are a strong young woman.
I have no doubt the Devil shudders when he sees you. May that always be the case.
With admiration and love,
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