Today, you’re officially nine years old. As I’m sitting here reflecting on the last year, I’m completely blown away. It’s such an honor and privilege to be your mother, and I don’t even know if I have the correct words to express how much you mean to me. Motherhood isn’t easy, but it’s something I’ve dreamed about since I was your age. It’s something I always knew I wanted and prayed for. But you? I couldn’t have dreamed up you… you’re above and beyond. You’re incredible. You’re smart. Talented. Giving. Loving. You’re everything.
Your eighth year with us came with so many fun experiences:
- Your dog Waldo has been quite the stinker, and yet exactly what we needed in a family pet.
- You had your first Girl Scouts Camporee sleepover away from home for a whole weekend without a family member present and you did wonderfully!
- You also had your first sleepover at a friend’s house that didn’t include family, and again, you did wonderfully!
- You went to the beach and it had been four years since your last trip. You absolutely loved it! We spent two whole days back-to-back at a water park, which is something we never expected to do. You got to ride on a pirate ship and see dolphins. You caught live sand
dollars,and saw a live shark and baby stingray in the ocean. You also ate your first adult-sized crab leg dinner on that trip!
- Over the summer, you planted sunflowers that grew to be taller than both of us!
- We took a trip to Missouri to visit some family you hadn’t seen since infancy as well as some you had never met. You swam in the pool, played with your cousins, and started a bond with an Aunt April over crafting.
- Your Aunt HayHay and Uncle Alex moved to Indiana, but we made sure to go visit them as soon as possible. You loved that trip so much!
- You started 3rd grade and a brand new school. You’ve been an A Honor Roll student this year, and while we’re so proud of those As, we’re mainly proud of how hard you’ve worked, no matter if it’s for all As, Bs, or even Cs. You’ve worked hard for each grade and that is what makes us proud.
- We’ve been to the Zoo and the Adventure Science Museum this year, both of which you absolutely love. We even tried out a different pumpkin patch closer to the house and found a new favorite place to go each fall.
- You rescued an injured baby bird, even though we really weren’t supposed to interfere. Your inner princess just couldn’t let it stay in an unsafe place.
- You got to be a flower girl in your Aunt Misty’s wedding!
- We started Family Game Night on Thursdays, which has turned into your favorite night. We eat lots of snacks and a lot of sugar on this night, ha! As you grow up, I hope you always have fond memories of this night that we share as a family.
- At Halloween, you carved your pumpkin BY YOURSELF for the first time ever!
- You started taking gymnastics and you’ve been doing such a good job. You’ve been so brave, even when you’re scared to death. You will eventually conquer the balance beam!
- You survived your second Girl Scout cookie season and get to move up to Junior level in 2 months!
- We finished up both bathroom renovations and have been thoroughly enjoying both!
- We renovated our basement and now you have a super fun new place to play, watch movies, and do cartwheels (even when you’re not supposed to). I actually look forward to you having sleepovers down there. I think the greatest memories of your childhood are yet to come with that room.
- You got to pick out your first “big girl bike” for your birthday!
- This year we also shared a super fun family secret with you that we can’t wait to share with everyone in the next couple of months. You’ve already started spilling the beans a little bit, and that’s okay. We know you’re excited, and you deserve to be!
Sweet girl, your ninth year with us is going to be filled with so many new adventures and milestones. You’re coming out of your backless booster seat finally. Just don’t ask to sit up front because that’s a hard NO until you’re a teenager, no matter what other parents allow. You’re going back to Disney World in two months and seeing Toy Story Land for the first time. Some other exciting home changes are coming that we are anxious to get started on. So many fun things are lined up and we can’t wait to see what else will unfold.
Our wonderful daughter, we hope that you’ve already had an amazing birthday and continue to. You’re the most wonderful person that we have the privilege of knowing. Someday, eventually, you’ll make the greatest big sister to ever live. Just keep praying your sweet prayer at bedtime. God hears you, my daughter. He hears you.
Mommy & Daddy