My dear Ella, I was just talking to you the other day at bedtime about how I remember the day you were born so well. You love to hear us tell you stories about what it was like that day. What I want you to know most is how that day changed my life. I never knew what it would feel like to have my own baby, and how my heart would grow. And here we are, 6 years later, and you and I are having conversations about friendships, and responsibility, and decision making. You are understanding more and more of the world around you and its exciting to see.
Daddy has recently started working on your concept of giving, spending and saving money. You are starting to see how it works and one thing we are noticing about you is how generous you are. You like to give to people because you know that giving is one way we show people we love them, and that Jesus loves them. I overheard you telling Avery the other day that love is the most important thing. That love makes God happy. You are right my dear, and if you can remember that one thing in your life you’ll be getting a lot of things right!
You had a birthday party yesterday, your first drop off party. We watched the movie sing and your friends came in their PJs and brought sleeping bags. It was very fun. I was watching how you ran to the door and met all your friends. You make people feel good and you express love so naturally. I know there will be lots of time in your life where you’ll get hurt by other people who are acting selfishly or are mean to you. Daddy and I will be here to help you through those times because growing up in this life is hard, but I hope you never lose that quality of expressing love. One thing I am really starting to pray for you and also Avery and Andrew is that God would bless you with real and authentic community in your life. You don’t need a LOT of friends, you need a few really really good ones. We are made to need connection with people.
At this time last year you were still in a full leg cast. That time was so hard in ways but also was very formative for your development. You seemed to grow so much on this inside, and then you started Kindergarten this year and it is truly amazing to watch how fast your mind is growing! You are loving your class and Mrs. Stevens. She is very good for you because she is calm and routined, and also very caring. She works with us to make sure you know what to expect and is patient and kind. God knew what environment you would need to be in this year and we have been so pleased to watch it unfold.
Our morning routine has been an adjustment for you in some ways because you like to go at your own pace! It has really helped you to have a clock on the wall. We got one when Mimi and Doowah came to keep you guys for a week when Mommy and Daddy went on our cruise in October. You are learning to manage your time, and we are trying to lovingly support you by helping you experience for yourself the consequences and benefits of good time management.
One of the funniest things you’ve said recently is how you use your “brain boss” to tell your body what to do. You cry and say your body doesn’t want to get up, or doesn’t want to go to school in the morning. But sometimes when you change your attitude and start to get it done we ask you how you did it and you say “my brain boss!” Props to kids learning tube on that one.
What will you do with your life? I can hardly wait to see. Whenever someone asks you what you want to do when you grow up you leave about a half second of space there before you say “a mom.” I think that is remarkable because you are so little still and you are just so sure that you want to be a mom. I love that. You understand now that you can be a mom and another thing, so recently your other thing is a veterinarian. That was during your unit on veterinarians at school!
Well as we start a new year together I just want you to know that I LOVE how God made you. You were created just perfectly and all the gifts and characteristics and personality that you have in you are wonderful. God gave you to our family and we are so happy. You changed everything when you came into our world, and it is just the best thing ever. We love you more than you could ever imagine (until you have your own kids!) and we can’t wait to watch your life become what it will become. We love you Ella!