Dearest Ashton,

This is one of my favorite things to look at--it always makes me smile. When you were a very little girl of 4 or 5, we were visiting in Pennsylvania. You wrote this while we were riding around in the car and then you gave it to me.

How I have treasured it because I treasure the pure and innocent little heart that it came from.

Always stay as honest and pure as you were then. And, precious one, it is so buteful to love you! Happy, happy birthday eve--only one more day and you will be 8. I can hardly believe it!