“They grow up so fast.” Everyone says it. And we know it is true. I marvel daily at the changes. At the things they learn.
I want to capture every single moment. I try snapping photos and scribbling quotes, but nothing comes close to the fullness of who she is right now. Last year I hoped to write a post for her third birthday, but…uh, I hadn’t started a blog yet. Then she was three and a half. And then I blink and yet another month has passed. Now I find myself praying that a post for her upcoming fourth birthday will do her justice. So I am thinking I will try a new approach…
So for now, my big girl:
You are a daring dreamer.
Your eyes sparkle with wonder as your brain sizzles with questions.
There is no end to your imagination. The endearing self-narration is giving way to all-day storytelling. You spend hours planning elaborate celebrations and shows with your Little People and Breyer Horses.
You have confidence and friendliness to spare. Introductions and friendships emerge swiftly for you.
You are fascinated by Peter Pan and princesses, and thoroughly enjoy all things “dress up.” You are miles ahead of your mom in the fashion department. You choose dresses every single day and accessorize like a pro with rainboots, umbrellas, hats, and crowns.
You love doing “preschool,” art projects, and playing games.
You are breathtakingly beautiful and oh-so-strong. Your physical abilities continue to grow as you climb trees, learn to swim, and skip everywhere.
You astound me with your sense of direction and scare me a bit with your incredible memory.
You recently offered that someday you would like to be a princess, a ballerina, a doctor, a zoo-keeper. All four, my dear?
You still have the faintest lisp that I fear will be gone all too soon.
Your laugh, my girl. Oh, that laugh. It is the purest gift to the world. Reckless, infectious, and a trademark practically since birth.
You are the sweetest big sister. Now, even when you are frustrated, you are attentive. I overhear you giving gentle instruction and encouragement. You intentionally soothe, entertain, and lavish affection on “your” baby girl. And she adores you.
Somehow you simultaneously push limits and aim to please.
Your mind and spirit are vast and soaring. You remember your dreams now, and enjoy recounting them to me in the morning. You ask big spiritual questions with beautiful insight. We talk of heaven and hearts, of God and babies.
You are an imaginative creator and an adventurous leader.