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Nine already. I wonder where the time went.  It was just yesterday that we found out we were expecting you.  Your Dad and I couldn’t have been happier.  From the moment we saw you, we loved you so much.

You’ve always had a smile on your face.  It’s a smile that lights up the room.  My friends started to call you “cheese” because you had this huge smile that would make your nose squish up. It was the cutest, most genuine smile I’ve ever come across.  You still squish your nose up sometimes and I flash back to when you were a toddler.  I hope you never lose that joy.

Making friends has always been so easy for you. You were always a little social butterfly, even on your first day of school.

You found a love for dance and gymnastics early on.  The passion I see in you when you dance, tells me that there is so much beauty and grace inside of you.

You care so much about others and love with your whole heart.  You are always talking about how you’re going to take care of your Dad and I when we’re old and I have no doubt that you will keep that promise.

You love to coupon!  I’ve never seen a child so excited about saving money, though I know that it’s less about the money and shampoo and more about the time we are spending together, just you and I.  I love it just as much as you do.

You are just as sweet as you are goofy.  You don’t care what people think. You are more concerned about how they feel and you will stop at nothing to make sure they are happy.

You are so sensitive.  When you cry, it breaks my heart but one day, I hope you’ll use that compassion to change the world and make it a better place.

You are scared of thunder and love to make a safe place for you and your little sister to sit and wait out the storms.

Your faith is inspiring.  You’ve worked so hard to learn and really understand your religion.

You’ve wanted to grow up to be so many things (sometimes all at once): a veterinarian, a singer, a teacher… This month, you want to be a pediatrician.  I wonder how many times that will change before you are an adult.  I know you’re going to choose the perfect career and change the world, no matter what it is.

Watching you grow up has been a pleasure and an honor. I can’t wait to see what the next 9 years has in store for you (but please, let’s not rush it, I want you to enjoy every single part of your childhood).

Happy 9th Birthday Iyla! Daddy and I love you more than words could ever say.

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  • Nicole
    May 25, 2018

    What a great age! My son will be turning two next month and time sure does fly, no matter what age it is you always want them to slow down!

  • christinewillgo
    May 22, 2018

    Happy birthday to your lovely daughter x

  • Julie
    May 22, 2018

    …yeah, I totally cried as I read this. UGH I can’t even think of when my girls will turn 9. She is beautiful <3

  • Waren Jean
    May 22, 2018

    What a good way to write your daughter a birthday message. I would do the same when I have one coz I know they can just open it in the web anytime. Your daughter sounds like a very sweet daughter. You are lucky to have her and she is lucky to have you too!

  • Nita Okoye
    May 22, 2018

    Happy Belated Birthday to her!! She looks amazingly gorgeous!

  • Gloria
    May 22, 2018

    Bless, what a beautiful way to show your love to your child. Happy belated birthday Lyla, lots of love from the Netherlands!

  • Ramesh
    May 22, 2018

    Wow..Really a wonderful post. Belated Birthday wishes to your little one. enjoyed reading it.

  • Elizabeth
    May 21, 2018

    What an adorable blog post! Our youngest is nine too and we wonder how the time has passed so quickly!

  • hartwanders
    May 20, 2018

    Happy birthday to your daughter! You should definitely keep this! So your daughter can read it in future.

  • Sondra Barker
    May 20, 2018

    Aw what a lovely post. Happy birthday to your little girl, time really do flies!
    xo, Sondra
    cuisineandtravel.com

  • Meagan Badore
    May 20, 2018

    Happy Birthday Iyla! This is a beautiful post and enjoy every moment before you know it she will be turning 18.

  • Kiwi
    May 20, 2018

    What a beautiful love note to your little 9 year old. Happy 9th bday to her!

  • Val
    May 20, 2018

    Happy 9th Birthday to your beautiful daughter! This was such a beautiful tribute post. It’s crazy how quickly time flies and children grow up

  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
    May 20, 2018

    Happy 9th Birthday to your adorable daughter! Time flies really fast and we have enjoy being with them while they are young.

  • Laura Dove
    May 20, 2018

    Oh happy birthday to your gorgeous girl! She is such a beauty and looks to be such a lovely kind spirit! Lovely post!

  • Alison Rost
    May 20, 2018

    Time flies so fast when you have kids! I feel like it was just yesterday when I was teaching my son and daughter to walk and suddenly they have little babies of their own! I think this is such a lovely message for your little girl! Happy birthday to her!

  • Toni
    May 20, 2018

    Happy birthday! My youngest just turned 1 and I can’t believe how fast that year has gone.

  • Lesley
    May 20, 2018

    Cheers to nine! I love her beautiful smile.

  • Kristy Bullard
    May 20, 2018

    What a beautiful letter to your daughter! I love all of your photos of her growing up. I have an 8 & 10 year old an the time sure does fly by.

  • paulo
    May 20, 2018

    You know as people says: “Time flies…”

    Happy birthday for your daughter 9th aniversary, be with her as long as you can because quite soon she will be an adult.

    Amazing post!

  • lina ray
    May 20, 2018

    Like mother, like daughter, a trio of all supers. And, I am sure they are going to be super grannies as well. No kidding!

  • Kita Bryant
    May 20, 2018

    Wow it is hard to believe how fast she has been growing, She is a really great kid for sure!

  • Kita Bryant
    May 20, 2018

    That girl is going to be a star, I swear. She better quit growing so fast.

  • Amy h
    May 19, 2018

    Happy 9th Birthday! It is so beautiful watching our children grow up! It just goes by so quickly

  • Hey Sharonoox
    May 19, 2018

    Happy 9th birthday to your beautiful daughter! Time sure flies and they’re growing up so fast. The message was beautifully written. Love it!

  • Eileen
    May 19, 2018

    Happy 9th Birthday to your little one! She’s grown up so wonderfully.

  • Ada
    May 19, 2018

    They sure do grow up so quickly!

  • Terri Beavers
    May 19, 2018

    What an amazing Birthday tribute. 9 is such a fun age, I can remember so many things about being 9 but mainly I remember my kids being 9. Happy Birthday.

  • What Corinne Did
    May 19, 2018

    I think when you’re a parent you do see time fleeing. I don’t think you realize as a kid either. Time goes by so fast and kids grow up so quickly!

  • Patricia-Ann Que
    May 19, 2018

    how sweet and inspiring is this! time passes by so fast i guess!

  • Kate
    May 19, 2018

    What a lovely post and such gorgeous photos too! Time flies doesn’t it – my baby is 12 now and I can’t believe how the time has flown… Happy 9th Birthday!

  • Sela
    May 19, 2018

    Your pics are great. When you have kids time starts to fly by , so it seems. Kids grow up so quick. I hope she enjoyed her B-day!!

  • Alaina
    May 19, 2018

    What a beautiful birthday tribute to your little one. My oldest just turned nine this year as well. Happy birthday to your little one.

  • Akamatra
    May 19, 2018

    Happy Birthday to your gorgeous daughter! Time flies and they do grow up so fast!

  • wendy
    May 19, 2018

    Oh, she is super cute! I love how you’ve captured each year like this. Priceless.

  • sambo
    May 19, 2018

    cute little princess. 9 years old passed like a breeze. How amazing that she is quite easy with making friend. My son is quite the opposite side:)

  • Karen Morse
    May 19, 2018

    Time really flies! I’m not a parent but I know how you feel. Especially when I see my students moving up. This is such a heartfelt post. I hope you had a great time celebrating her birthday!

  • Frances Beltran
    May 19, 2018

    So heartwarming. Your perspective really had me tearing up. I loved this!!

  • Franc Ramon
    May 19, 2018

    They really grow up so fast. It’s really good that she got good social skills. That should be a big plus in school.

  • Meeta
    May 19, 2018

    Happy 9th! My boy is 15 now but like you I have cherished every moment – they go by so fast so this is a great post to document.

  • Adriana
    May 18, 2018

    aww this is so amazing. happy birthday to your precious little girl. i hope she enjoys her special day

  • Tara Pittman
    May 18, 2018

    This is so sweet. Just wait until your first born has her own daughter like mine is this summer.

  • Heather
    May 18, 2018

    Ah! She sounds wonderful! Happy ninth birthday to your little girl. I too have a nine-year-old boy. He’s a handful, but he’s becoming so smart and thoughtful when he wants to be.

  • chubskulit rose
    May 18, 2018

    She looks like a star! Happy birthday, time do flies and glad you share these precious pictures with us.

  • Sarah Bailey
    May 18, 2018

    I hope you have the most amazing birthday! What a lovely post in celebration of it of it as well.

  • Lisa
    May 18, 2018

    What a beautiful way to tell her how much you love her. All of those pictures are so wonderful. Happy Birthday to your sweet girl.

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
    May 18, 2018

    Happy 9th birthday to your daughter! I remember when my girls were 9. They grow up so fast. I have one fixing to graduate Navy boot camp, and the other is almost an 8th grader.

  • Phoebe
    May 18, 2018

    Happy birthday beautiful girl! It looks like you have a great childhood. You are blessed to have an amazing mom. Enjoy your youth!

  • Nelson
    May 18, 2018

    Happy 9th Birthday Iyla! Your mom, sisters and I LOVE you so much!!!

  • Jenn
    May 18, 2018

    Awe, you have such a beautiful family. Nine is a really fun age. It’s been a while since my girls were that young, but i remember enjoying that time together.

  • Rachel
    May 18, 2018

    What lovely pictures! So cute and sweet. Happy birthday – time goes so quickly!!

  • Nikki G
    May 18, 2018

    This brought tears to my eyes as I reflected back upon my own little beauties. It was so wonderfully written and makes me think about all those little things I love about my children and not focus so much on the day to day things of being their parent. They grow too fast!

  • Ada
    May 18, 2018

    Omg she is seriously so precious! Happy birthday to your little one! Enjoy every moment with her!

  • Cassie
    May 18, 2018

    Time does go by quick. Your daughter is adorable

  • Amber Myers
    May 18, 2018

    This is so sweet. Kids grow so dang fast. I can hardly believe my son is 16 and my daughter is 11. I hope your daughter has a wonderful birthday!

  • Bibi on Board
    May 18, 2018

    One of the most beautiful letters the Mom can write to her child 🙂 She seems to be very smart, joyful girl with a great heart. For sure it’s also because of wise, loving Parents <3 Happy Birthday for your little Princess! May her life is full of health and happiness 🙂

  • Jeanette
    May 18, 2018

    What a wonderful post! You definitely need to save this somewhere so that your daughter can read it as she gets older. I should’ve done something like this with my own kiddo. It would’ve been a great idea to start this when he was a baby.

  • Melissa Chapman
    May 18, 2018

    Your daughter sound slike a great kid and will go through many phases and will find her way when the time comes. She reminds me of my daughter who will be going to college soon.

  • Candy
    May 18, 2018

    Time flies and they grow so fast. Fun to look back and see how much they have changed.

  • Alli Smith
    May 18, 2018

    Happy 9th birthday to your beautiful daughter! I think it’s great that she will be able to look back on this and read it when she’s older. What precious memories!

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