Sunday, December 27, 2009

To the Birthday Girl:

To my baby girl:

I know you argue that you are not my baby anymore. But, I have to tell you, you will always be my baby girl. When I got pregnant with your brother, I tried to stop calling you that so you would get used to the idea of having another in the house. I couldn't do it. You are my baby girl. The one who made me a mother. You rocked my world. Your presence has brought a joy and purpose to my life like nothing else.

In this fourth year of your life you have really become your own personality. You are a unique blend of your mommy and your daddy- with a touch of your Aunt Brandy for sure. You became a big sister this year. It suits you really well. Your brother loves you and smiles and laughs each time he sees you. Sometimes when he cries you sing to him and it makes him smile. I love watching you be his big sister and I can't wait to watch your relationship grow as he gets bigger. I suspect there are some beatings in your future, but I think that little boy is going to have a fierce love for you. You love to help with him and often you can calm him down when he is upset. On days when I feel down on my mothering, I hear you speak to your brother in a tone that I recognize as my own, and I recognize that the Lord's grace is big enough to cover my mistakes.
You also started school this year. You have learned so incredibly quickly. You learned all your letters and some of their sounds in just a couple months. You know your numbers and even some basic addition. But, more importantly than that, you love people. Last night I watched you walk right up to some ladies in a nursing facility and bring smiles to their faces with your smile and a quick conversation. You have a compassion for people who seem different and I hope that never changes. You have a fashion sense all your own. I see that confidence in so many areas of your life. Stay strong in your convictions, Baby. Whether it is the clothes you wear or some other choice, stick to those convictions. They will serve you well in this life.
This year has been challenging for sure. There have been many changes in your life. You are taking it in stride. There have been some bumps along the way. But, you are secure enough to handle it and I hope you keep that confidence. Keep growing in the Lord. Keep practicing those memory verses. That knowledge will save your life. Our God is bigger than all the difficulties this world has to offer. I pray that you grow up and believe that with all of your heart. I love you with everything in me. Jesus loves you even more.

Happy 4th Birthday, Alivia!


1 comment:

  1. Happy Birthday, Miss Alivia! You are looking so grown up and so beautiful! I hope you had a wonderful birthday and we can't wait to see you next month.