My darling 9-year-old Emma,
I love you. You are such a help and a joy to me. I love how you help me with Annika, even though it's not always fun. I appreciate how patient you are with her as you teach her to unload the silverware or play with her outside, so I can feed Beck without Annika tearing the house apart.
You are such a wonderful help with the boys, too. I love how you organize fun games and activities. They look up to you and I'm so proud that you are such a good example.
You are a hard worker and I really admire that. I had to work hard in school and on the piano, too. These things didn't always come easy to me, but what mattered was not how easy it was, but how hard I worked. I think you and I are alike that way. I love how you are so respectful of your teachers both at school and at church.
I love your laugh. Every time I hear it, it makes me smile and I want to laugh, too.
I love that you are my oldest girl. You and I have a special bond because of that. Heavenly Father knew what he was doing when He sent to our family first.
This is going to be a great summer. I'm looking forward to all the fun we will have together learning, playing, vacationing, and relaxing.
Thank you for being who you are. Thank you for being close to Heavenly Father, for being spiritual and being someone that your younger brothers and sister can follow and I know they will choose the right.
I love you just the way you are. You aren't perfect; neither am I. It is good that we love each other anyway. Never forget that I love you just the way you are.