Charleigh Tatum October 23, 2009. Only a few hours prior your first mother made the most selfless and loving choice of giving you a Mommy and a Daddy. She chose for you. She chose us. She gave you life. She gave us your life. She's our hero.
For sure though I know you will always fashionable.
Charleigh, our world hasn't been the same since you entered it. Actually since the day we began praying for you, it's been a journey. It's not always been easy, nor has it always been tough. There are moments I just look at you in wonder and awe of our amazing God. When I see you with your birth mom it delights my heart. I am thrilled beyond what makes sense because before we knew of you it was a little scary to think of you having a birth mom and a mommy. But it works. It's not always easy but it's wonderful all the same. She loves you immensely, and I know because I see it in her eyes when she holds you. We love you immensely and I know this because I feel it, know it, believe it, trust it. I am so thankful that this was the Lord's plan for our lives, for you life. God gave me you. I am so glad He did.
You are beautiful Charleigh. People from all over talk about you, even when they just get mere moments with you. There is something special about you. You talk every single day more than most 5 year olds. Your vocabulary is astonishing. I can't believe what all you can do. You've known your ABC's for some time now, you can count to 10, you know most of your colors very well, you know your animals sounds, you are learning shapes, you can repeat anything (even when it's really inconvenient :)), you adore your Daddy and stop EVERYTHING you are doing when he comes in the door each evening, you love to sing and dance and have memorized the words to SO many songs it's actually very impressive, you can laugh at the right moments as if you have an amazing sense of humor you obviously didn't get from me, you have an attention span much longer than it should be at 2, you have a deep understanding of many things no one would believe....you are just amazing at every turn. You constantly on the move, unless of course, you want to watch "punzel" which I have no idea why you still like that movie, but you do...and you want to watch "teebee" all the time. You are spoiled beyond belief and since you are my baby, I'm okay with it. :) You are super sweet on one hand and very independent, stubborn, and already sinking into the "terrible twos" on the other. You keep us busy and on our toes as you constantly think you can do ANYthing and everything your brother and sister do. I love your sweet voice, except when it's not sweet and you scream in the highest octave known to man...I don't really love that, but we're working on it. You are growing like a weed, but still seem some days so little. Since you are most likely the last one, I'm trying to savor every moment I can with you (and then some). You are a delight to our family Charleigh and we all love you dearly. Thank you for who you are, for loving us back, and for making me a better mommy!
I love you,
Happy Birthday Sweet Charleigh Tatum.