I was a little (and to say a little, is totally understating it) shocked to think that it has really been 9 years since this kid has entered our lives.
I like to relive every moment of her entering our world, reliving that moment when she made me a mom.
gosh that was awesome!
today, I am thankful for her. she is turning into such a little lady! I mean, she really was all along. sure, she had her dinosaur phase, her super-hero phase, but all the while, underneath it all, she has been a girlie girl. she called lip-gloss and lipstick, “glip-gloss” and “yip-stick” for the longest time. she never went anywhere without it. still doesn’t.
lynn, I love that you love to read, even if it is four different books at a time. I love that you sing, no matter what. even if your friends (or family) give you weird looks, you belt it out. you are silly. I love it when you are tired, and something really tickles that funny bone of yours. that giggle is awesome! I will buy you orbit gum just to hear you do your own version of an orbit commercial. that giggle again…
I am thankful that you are such a great help with your younger sisters. I am so happy to see you take peyton and give her make-overs. I love seeing that special relationship that you have with her. I am so happy that you and ashley are so close. even on the worst days, when you two swear that you will never play with the other one ever again, we can find you two snuggled up together in one of your beds. sometimes you are even asleep! you have inherited my gift of gab, and it is quite entertaining to have you talk, non-stop, as soon as you are in the door after school. I love that you have also inherited my love of carbs. a roll with butter should be considered part of every meal, especially your sack lunch (which is a sandwich, drink, sometimes chips, and cookies). I am thankful that you give everything your best, that you can be so stressed over an up-coming test, but you get 100s like it’s nothing. you give it your all. I know that you and your dad are best buddies, you almost couldn’t survive with him gone for two weeks, but I am thankful for the relationship that we have and that is growing everyday.
I am thankful that it was you who grew in my belly first. you that we get to practice all of our parenting skills on. I am thankful that you are such a good kid, and we don’t have to practice too many things on you (ashley bears the brunt of that, that darn kid). I am thankful for your bedtime kisses, your spontaneous hugs, even though the top of your head is getting ever closer to mine…
I am thankful for how persistent you are at everything you do. even if that means practicing your cartwheels inside the house, in the family room, when I have asked you not to, repeatedly. but you don’t give up!
besides the fact that you look just like your dad, you were meant to come to this family, and I am thankful, above all, to a loving heavenly father who trusts me (somehow) to be your mother.
I love you.