I grew up in a house full of girls.  I have 3 wonderful sisters.  We love each other fiercely.  We have each others backs, always looking out for one another.  My sisters, they are my best friends - right along with our Mom.  

With all of this love, there might be some competitive tendencies too.  A few common conversations between all of the siblings is "Mom loves me the most" or "I am Mom's favorite".  We compare recent activities, new clothes or shoes, grades in school, and children's accomplishments.  There may be the occasional discussion about , "Who is the prettiest sister?"  The adoring spouse or significant other always answers as they are supposed to, "Well, you are of course".   We each smile pridefully by their response - and give each other a wink.  Marcy never participates ;) 

Makenzie, the youngest sister, is unique.  She is the fiestest of us all.  And today is her 21st birthday. Makenzie has always had a fighters spirit - I don't blame her.  At one point, she was the youngest of 5. She appears to be quiet to those who are just getting to know her - but, once you know her - stand back!  She will tell you just what she is thinking at the drop if a dime.  Makenzie and I have a lot in common.  The most apparent is our love for music - we get it from Mom, and Mom is more than happy to have 2 daughters to go to concerts with.  Makenzie loves quotes and photography.  Most important, she loves her family.  She loves us all with pride.

With all of her self certainty, there are a few things that Makenzie hasn't learned about herself.  A few lessons that she will learn as these inevitable birthdays continue to come and pass along with the years.  

You are more beautiful than you know. Not because of the external beauty (although you are lovely on the outside too) but because of your heart.  Because you want to rescue every animal and person that is need.  Because you have a givers heart, a beautiful heart.  

You are more determined than you know.  You are so cautious, almost obsessively.  But, what you don't realize is how you fight through these discomforts.  Every obstacle that you have come across you have conquered.  Do you know that?  I want you to take confidence from that and know that there isn't anything you can't do.  

You have tremendous faith in God.  Keep it and live it.  Let go of some of your worries and know that he is in your corner, always.

I respect you and am so proud of you! I know you can do anything - you just have know within yourself that you can do it, whatever it is - make it happen! 

So, to the youngest sister, and debateable prettiest ; ) happy birthday! We all love you!