From our Rylee & Daddy Day's that we will continue to have until you don't want them to our mischievous times of getting in trouble together with Mama, we've got a bond that will never be broken. You told me just a few days ago that soon you might get a boyfriend. Of course, I told you that wasn't happening because boys were bad news. I said, "Besides, I thought I was your boyfriend." Your perfect reply, "No Daddy. You're my man." You're too smart little girl. You still remind me that one day you're going to grow up and marry me. I'm still not sure what you plan on doing with Mama when that day comes for you, but I guess you're working on it. The truth is Rylee Buggy, that I want to be everything I can be for now and forever. I want to set a good example for you of what a man is supposed to be and a let it serve as a constant reminder that no matter what happens in this life, no matter what you go through and face, no matter what highs and lows come in your life, no matter what awards or mistakes you make, I'll still love you. You'll still be my baby girl. You'll still be my heartbeat. You'll still be perfect in my eyes. I'll still always be your #1 Fan of your life.
You'll start school this year. In fact, you'll start in about five months. I'm not looking forward to it. I know you are. You've been talking about going to school for a good while now. You'll do so good in school too. You're smart as a whip. That first day, I'm sure I'll be a basket case. Maybe not. We'll see. I'll hold it together, at least in front of you . . . maybe. There's nothing you can't do baby girl. The sky's the limit for you. With school comes new experiences and new people and that's part of life. Just know that your Daddy is going to be doing his best to protect your heart and your innocence for as long as I can with everything that I am.
I'm so proud of you Rylee. You brought a completion to my life that I didn't know existed. You've taught me in your own special way about love. As we celebrated your birthday at your party last Saturday, I watched you and the excitement that bubbled out of you with everything you did. Your personality is radiant and contagious. The joy in your smile lights up a room. You act so much like your mother and that's a great thing. You're creative, smart, funny, and caring. You have a beautiful heart for others, and a tender heart at that. Seeing the excitement on your face when Frozen's Anna came to your party made me smile. Every day before your party, you kept waking up earlier and earlier to tell me it was almost your birthday party. And then I watched that excitement spill out at your party with your friends and the people that love and care for you.
Never quit being you. This world is a dark place sometimes, but your beautiful light makes a major difference. Never be afraid to be who you are. You're a diamond among lumps of coal. I'll spend the rest of my life reminding you of that, protecting you, and never being too far away that when you need me, I'll be there. I'll be loving you forever, Rylee Buggy.
Your Mama made a beautiful video of some of your highlight experiences in life on your way to being 5, and I love watching you in it. Happy Birthday Rylee! You're my baby girl forever and always. There's nothing I wouldn't do for you now and forever. I cherish every moment we get to spend together, and I look forward to all the memories we will continue to make together. I love you Rylee Buggy.