Happy 16th Birthday Hailey!!

 Happy 16th Birthday Hailey!!
We were so worried about you when I was pregnant.  You were not growing and the doctors had a list of reasons why you might not be growing.  Many of the reasons were various birth defects with the leading one being Down Syndrome.  When you were born premature we were again worried about all the things that can go wrong with a premie.  But look how wonderfully you have grown.  You are a creative soul that is beautiful from the inside out.  A few people are lucky enough to be artistic and smart!  Most of us just get one strong side of the the brain, but you were blessed with both.  You are an old soul that swims in the deep waters of contemplating the meaning of life and His word.  You are a horse loving, desert mountain biking chick that plays in the church band, is a student leader, creates art, finds beauty in the ordinary, and still manages to get a 4.0 in school while taking college Spanish and AP world history.  I guess it is clear there are no lingering effects of your rough pregnancy and early delivery.  But I am not sure we will ever stop worrying about our kids. :)
We love you so very much and are very proud of the young woman you have become.  We know your future is bright and can't wait to see what you accomplish but oh, how I wish for just one night I could hold you tight like you were my 5 pound peanut again.  Love you HJ!

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