Her name is Kate Rene Murphy but to us (her favorite Auntie and Uncle, she just doesn’t know it yet) she’s Burger. Today she turns a whole year old! Wow! One year has gone by! It seems as if it was just yesterday…
We blinked and she was smiling. We yawned and she was able to sit on her own. We left one day and the next she was crawling. We snapped a photo and then she was walking. Somewhere in there she started to recognize us as someone special to her. And that, that right there is one of the most amazing feelings. She grins as we walk through the door and raises her chubby little arms for one of us to hold her. She is by far the world’s greatest niece.
It’s amazing the amount of love and pride that can come from just being her Aunt and Uncle. It’s so wonderful to watch this teeny little human being evolve and grow. Everything is new and special and hilarious and well you get the picture. Seeing the world through the eyes of a one year old could really do us, and I use this term loosely, “grownups” some good. The beauty of a flower (well, the taste of it at least), the wonderful texture of a rock (well, the rough feeling on your gums), and wet slobbery kisses from big dogs like Austin (those taste the best!) all seem to be a million times more breathtaking.
We want to wish Burger the happiest of all days and hope that someday she knows exactly how much we love her. We can’t wait to be there beaming with pride through her accomplishments, help soften the blow of some of her failures, be the ones to hop her up on a TON of sugar just before handing her off to mom and fill her world with more unconditional love than she can possibly know what to do with. We love you little Burger!