To my sweet girl on your sixth birthday,
Six. Wow. I can hardly believe that you are now SIX years old. I thought four was a big birthday, and then five hit me a little harder. But six has my heart hurting and rejoicing at the same time. As cliché as it sounds, your baby days flew by, and selfishly I could have kept you little a little while longer. As I was talking to your Daddy last night, I realized that you are now closer to ten than you are to your days as a newborn.
You, my girl, have such a pure heart. You love people so fully, without judgement. When you meet someone, it is like you have known them for years. Before you part ways, you always make sure they have heard at least a part of your story. And you, my sweet girl are writing such a beautiful story.
You are so kind. I have seen you give up your Easter eggs to another child who didn’t have as many. I have listened as you have complimented a complete stranger. You want others to enjoy life as much as you do and you strive to make everyone’s days a little brighter. Your enthusiasm and willingness to help anyone in your path is so heartwarming to watch.
You are so full of wonder. You want to know why things are the way they are and always look for a deeper meaning. Your love of learning and wanting to share your new knowledge is so rewarding to watch.. And I love watching you learn. Your reading has improved so much this year and I am so proud every time I listen to you read.
You are also such a good big sister. I know having a little sister can be tough and sharing your toys, space, and parents, is not always easy. But you always look out for your little sister, whether you ask for an extra sucker for her or rush to her side if she trips up. The hugs, the laughs, and playtime: you always show so much love for her.
I sometimes wonder if I put too much on you because you are so independent. Most days you are up and dressed for school before I even walk down the hall. You’ll have your hair and teeth brushed and shoes on before I’m ready for work. I sometimes wish we had more mornings to linger and not always have somewhere to be. But you are always so eager to get the day started and I love that about you.
You, my sweet daughter, have made these last six years the best years. There have been hard and trying times, but you have always brightened my days. Although you will always be my baby, I will rejoice for all of the great things you are learning as you grow. You were my unexpected blessing and I am so thankful that God chose me to be your mother six years ago.