My dearest Audrey,
Today you are 12. Two and a half years ago you arrived on US soil a scared, traumatized, anxiety filled little girl. You couldn't do anything for yourself yet, but you were ready to take on the world.
Audrey you will always hold a special place in my heart. It was you who saved me, forcing me to find out about cancer before it could progress any further. Its a good thing you're cute though, because man you can sure get into mischief!
Now you do so much for yourself. Even when there is something a bit beyond your skill level you're still more than willing to give it a shot. You're so very close to swimming on your own, and I can't wait until next year to see what you can do!
I have to tell you something. Your birth mother, she loved you very much. So did your sisters and, most specially your aunt. They are thrilled to see how far you've come. How much you've grown and changed. I know today their hearts are heavy missing you.
There are people all over the world who love you to the moon and back, Audrey!