Dear Siri,

Happy 5th birthday! Five years have flown by in the blink of an eye. But each year with you gets better and better. You are such an amazing girl. The words in this letter won’t even touch the surface of just how truly amazing you are.

You are a light in our lives. You shine so bright and everyone who meets you sees just how special you are. You are strong, funny, loving, confident, a talented artist, a wonderful big sister, a great story teller, a good listener and so much more. You are my best friend. I love the time we share together at night after Cas and Elin go to sleep. We talk for a little while or I’ll tell you a story or draw letters or recipes on your back. This is our special time and it means the world to me. You love me so much and when I’m home you want to be where I am and go where I go. I know this won’t last forever but I hope we’ll always have a special bond. 

Earlier this month we went for frozen yogurt and you burnt your hand on the glass of a fireplace. It was so sad, you were crying and saying how it was an accident and it broke my heart. I brought you to the ER that night so they could look at it and because I wanted to be sure you were OK. You were such a trooper. All of the doctors and nurses loved you. A different one would approach us and ask what happened and you would tell the story. You’d include that you were there with Cas and Elin and you’d tell them their ages and then how old you were and you’d say “Elin is my sister and Cas is my brother and I’m the other sister – I’m the big sister.” You’re always thinking of them. A nurse gave you a little coloring book with crayons to take home and you were asking about one for Cas and Elin. You’re always looking out for them. I can’t say enough just what and amazing big sister you are.

You love to draw. I’d say you spend most of your day drawing, using stickers, or doing some type of other art project. You’ve been saying lately how you want to be a drawer when you grow up. You’re a REALLY good artist too! I’m amazed at the things you draw.

I can’t believe you’ll be starting kindergarten in the fall! I know you’re going to love it. Although its bittersweet, I’m excited to see your growth. I know from here on out you’re going to take off. You’re ready for sure. You make us so, so proud. I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that you’re dad and I don’t say something about how proud we are of you or tell the other something wonderful you did that day. You are really, really special, Siri. I am so, so lucky to be your Mommy.

I love you.