Grace Fion, you stole my heart. I am sure much like every daughter steals a father’s heart, but it was you who stole mine.

DSC_0065I must admit that when we decided to pursue our second adoption journey, I was scared to death. I couldn’t imagine having the capacity to find more love in my life, and I feared that it just wouldn’t be the same. What I found is that the heart simply grows…just like our family.

DSC_0111This past year has been one of happiness (and a little less sleep), and it has been amazing to watch you begin to develop your own personality and come into your own.

My hope for you is simple…as you get older please continue to open your heart (and arms for a hug) to everyone you meet; continue to be excited every time you see me walk through the door (kind of selfish I know, but it is one of the best parts of my day); and I hope that you and Nolin continue to take on the world…together.

Grace, I love you more than you could ever imagine and I simply want to wish you a happy first birthday.

– Dad

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