You are eighteen years old today! To come soon, I know you would often pray. But you see in my point of view, I cringed to see those years accrue. I wanted my baby to stay young, and pigtails and "ooom-na" were both among, some of the things I wanted to keep. However, the years did slowly creep, and although I will occasionally weep, I know rewards of life are yours to reap. To me you will always be my baby girl, as eighteen years ago I shed a pearl. I'll never forget that magical day, when they put you into my arms to stay. You are a officially a grown woman today, so break away with a smile you display! Never forget your "Momma" loves you more than you know, What an awesome pleasure it was to watch you grow!