Happy birthday, my sweet five year old! It’s incredible that you’re five years old already, and incredible that it’s only been five years since you made me a mommy. You redefined my life; you enabled me to begin fulfilling the purpose for which I was created. You enlarged my heart in a way I never imagined possible. Your intelligence, intensity, and keen interest in the details of life are mind-boggling. You have changed the lives of all who know you. Your name means “my father’s joy,” and while you are definitely your father’s joy, you are also the joy of all who know and love you, just as we have prayed you would be. Your role in life has definitely changed since you made grandparents on both sides of the family and had complete control of the attention in almost every setting, but you have accepted your little co-stars with grace and love, and you now revel in your role of big sister and cousin. I absolutely love teaching you, although you have mostly taught yourself, and I cherish the time that we have together each day to spend one on one reading and learning. I love watching your mind grow. It’s so fun to watch you flip and stretch and move at gymnastics, and sometimes it’s funny to watch your emerging social skills. You have one of the most tender hearts I’ve ever seen, and you feel the emotions of others as if they were your own (watching Moses’ mother place him in the river on Prince of Egypt makes you cry every single time). Your daddy and I pray that God would take that compassion, and your intensity, and your amazing mind, and use them to help you accomplish great and wonderful things for His kingdom. Oh God, may this be the year that you save our little girl, and give her a new heart that loves You, so she will love You and serve You for her whole life, just as we’ve prayed almost every night of her life. Thank You, God, for my precious girl Abigail. Happy birthday, Abba. I love you so much.