You are one.
I never thought this day would come.
Your life from the very beginning has been over shadowed by death.
Not yours, but by your sister’s.
You, my beautiful life filled Zoe, with sweet tooth filled smiles and wrinkled nose giggles, were born out of the shadows of darkness and brought me into the light, like a lotus flower reaching for the sun through the black mud.
You. Zoe. I have feared for your life since before you were even conceived. From the day your sister died I was afraid you would too.
I also worried that you would be a replacement. A child whose identity would be tainted by loss and forever live in the shadow of the older sibling never to be.
Oh but my sweet, sweet jovial Zoe! I know now that this was my story and no longer has to be yours. You may have been the life that sprouted from death but my dear darling daughter that does not define you.
You adoring daughter, you! You are ZOE! Not your sister. Not Nora. Not a replacement and not a shadowed life lived tainted by loss.
No. You are LIFE, not the result of a death that happened before.
There is so much to you.
You are the girl who laughs through her teeth when her daddy chases her around the furniture in the living room.
You are the girl who smiles at me with a crinkled nose and bright wide hazel eyes when I tickle your toes.
You are the girl that gives hugs and kisses to those she knows and stares with a watchful eye at strangers who have not made their loved deserved.
You are the girl who steals socks from her doggy George and babbles with mama and dada when you walk across the kitchen floor with knobby knees and a stick waddle.
You are the girl who put back together the pieces of my heart when they were broken, shattered, and thrown widely across the hard wood floor of life and scattered beyond repair.
You Zoe girl! You are the girl who brought colors back to life again. Who made the days less dull and the nights full of laughter instead of tears. You Zoe girl! You are the girl who made hugs feel fuller and kisses seem sweeter and my life beautiful again.
You Zoe girl! You! You are the girl who brought me out of the depths of darkness and back to life.
You. Zoe. You are life. You are you and only you.
You are one.
Happy Birthday Baby Girl!
Love Always & Forever,