My dearest Arham beta,

I can’t believe you are six today masha’Allah! You hear this from me quite often, but it is absolutely unreal how fast you are growing up and I wish there was a way to bottle this time up.  You light up my life in indescribable ways and I’m forever grateful to have the privilege to be your Mama.

This past year you demonstrated that you virtually can do anything… literally! The bright side, and hidden blessing, was we got to spend so much time together — something that I wished for endlessly since the first days of working outside the home when you were so small.

My love, you have lived through more things than people experience in a lifetime. Your first few years of school have been anything but ordinary, and it makes me so sad you missed out on those experiences and so many other things.. but you have amazed me, and continue to amaze me, daily with how resilient you are. You took an impossible situation, and not only lived or persevered through it… but you actually THRIVED in it.

Your resiliency in handling every curveball thrown your way will only help you in the future — I’m sure of it.

Your dedication, your love, your spark, your kind, pure and gentle soul – I hope you let nothing and absolutely no one change this about you. I know I tell you this often, but I mean it every time I say it – I couldn’t be more proud of you if I tried. In my heart, I have always known it, but it astonishes me how often even other people tell me they just know you are destined to do great things. You are going places Insha’Allah, and I can’t wait to see where the journey takes you (and I).

I’m forever not only your proud Mama… but also your biggest cheerleader. I know that if you put your mind to it, there is nothing that can get in your way … of whatever you set out to do. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year ahead. Don’t ever give up, and don’t ever let anyone get in the way.

Stay humble. Stay curious and determined. Stay you.  Because you, my precious Arham beta, are truly a gift from above. You are my reason why.

I love you to the ends of the ocean and more than the number of stars in the sky.

Love you always,

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