Dearest Blake,

Our beautiful, precious niece, what a blessing you are to so many people.  Words can’t describe the absolute joy you bring to this family.  I know being a teenager is hard work.  In fact, it may be the hardest time of your life; but the things that you get through at this age will define who you will ultimately become.

Make your choices wisely, learn from your mistakes, but don’t be too hard on yourself.  Most of all:  Love yourself.  Give yourself the credit you deserve.  Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Take joy in the fact that you are beyond ordinary, all of your quirks and imperfections, make you more of an individual.

If you fall, don’t sweat it, because we’ll be there to catch you when you do.  Rise and keep trying.
Have a fabulous birthday, babygirl.  We can’t believe you’re 17!!

“Maybe we’re different, but we’re still the same
We all got the blood of Eden, running through our veins
I know sometimes it’s hard for you to see
You come between just who you are and who you wanna be
If you feel alone, and lost and need a friend
Remember every new beginning, is some beginning’s end
Welcome to wherever you are
This is your life, you made it this far
Welcome, you gotta believe
That right here right now, you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be
Welcome, to wherever you are
When everybody’s in, and you’re left out
And you feel your drowning, in a shadow of a doubt
Everyones a miracle in their own way
Just listen to yourself, not what other people say
When it seems you’re lost, alone and feeling down
Remember everybody’s different
Just take a look around
Be who you want to, be who you are
Everyones a hero, everyones a star
When you wanna give up, and your hearts about to break
Remember that you’re perfect, God makes no mistakes”-Jon Bon Jovi

Love and Miss you,

Uncle Howard and Aunt Christina

One Response

  1. Amy Says:

    OMG Chrissy I love that song…I made my bf write it out in calligraphy for me and I have it tacked up in my office…what a great song to dedicate to someone on their birthday.

    I aspire to be a cool aunt like you :D

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