My dearest Allie,
Your life is the fulfillment of mine.
I will never forget the moment I first saw you. I was fuzzy from medication, but it was so easy to perceive your beauty, my darling – all six pounds and 46 centimeters of you. You were crying your heart out, but it was the most beautiful sound in the world. Had I been able, I would have held you and kissed you right that moment, but I had to be just a little more patient. After all, we have our whole lives ahead of us - Nanay and her little Aurelia.
Two years and four months later, and we are still living that life that I promised we’d share, and there hasn’t been a day that I forget to thank the Lord for the wonderful gift that is you. Your Tatay and I are doing everything in our power to raise you properly, to give you a decent and comfortable life, to provide for your material, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs. Every endeavor that we undertake is for you, darling – that is how much we love you. All our frustrations, all the difficulties that we endure, we endure – for you. And you reward us with that pretty smile, the sweet way you utter “Nanay” or “Tatay”, the way you charm us with your witty antics and impress us with how much you’ve learned each day.
You have your whole life ahead of you, my sweet baby, and rest assured that Nanay (and Tatay, too) will be behind you every step of the way. You are the source of our boundless joy, the balm to our emotional wounds, our inspiration to become better. Every day we celebrate you, because you are living proof of God’s love and grace – and every day, we are thankful.
Your life is the celebration of mine. I love you, anak.