"Being 12 is the best age ever."
I really hope she will feel like that every year that will come as well. She really is the sweetest and most caring big sister, friend, daughter and grand child. She is stubborn and strong willed and a tough nut. She loves being together with her family. That, I think, is number one for her.
I will do my best to make her believe in herself, trust herself, stand up for herself and to be strong against society, friend and group pressures. I will do my best to let her know she is beautiful just the way she is, she is awesome just the way she is, she is good enough in anything she takes on. With an American father and the mentality of "You can be whatever you want to be!" and my Scandinavian less obnoxious (it is true... Twink!) and maybe more modest way of tackling life and challenges, I think she will have a good ground to stand on.
This is a hard one for me as a mother. She is growing up. For real. My little big girl. My first born. Always and forever she will be little to me, no matter how old she gets.
I love you Sugar bun!