When you were born our hearts were so full of happiness

That there was no room in us for words

When you were growing our hearts were so full of care for you

That we spoke soothingly, and sometimes sharply, fearful for your safety.

But always in the deepest places of our hearts we spoke lovingly.

Today, as we watch you move forward with your friends

We marvel at all you have done and become.

Our spirits sing praise to God for the gift that is you.

And, though our hearts have stretched to love others,

Yet, there is a place within us that is yours, and only yours always.

For the light you shine on us, For the life you call us to,

For the special gift of God you are now and will ever be.

Thank you.

– Christy Kenneally