This lovely, young woman has been a part of my life since she was 7 years old. It seems like minutes ago and lifetimes. Being her aunt and friend have been one of the great joys of my life. It has been my honor and pleasure to watch her grow up; she is unique and beautiful and kind. Her soul has always been older than her years and I love hearing her thoughts on the world around her. I am in awe of her independence and her ability to figure it out on her own, I'm very proud of her. I don't get to see her as much as I used to and our last names aren't the same anymore but she is my only niece and I absolutely cherish her. Happy birthday, Sam. I love you very much.