Ella Dearest what a special girl you are! Today is your 5th birthday! I look forward to writing this post to you every year because I get to think back on special memories and funny things and all the ways you are growing. Lots of things have happened since you turned 4 last January.
The biggest thing that happened this year is that we moved to a new house! Starting in January we were really hitting it hard every weekend going out to open houses with Mrs. Jennifer and you and Avery had so much fun exploring all the houses. Several times it was in the rain. Then we finally found this one and after closing in April we (Daddy and Doowah mostly!) spent like 5 weeks remodeling it! Mimi and Doowah were here staying with us to take care of you kids. You had so much fun with them. Andrew wasn’t even crawling yet and you girls would LOVE to come up to the house and see it. We would bring pizza or burgers sometimes to daddy and Doowah and eat in the backyard before we moved in. One day you’ll understand what a miracle it is that God provided a house for us to buy. I can’t wait to share the story with you.
You are having a blast at Kiddie Kampus preschool. This year you moved from the Peach class with Miss Keri and Miss Miranda into the Yellow class with Mrs. Jen, Mrs. Melinda and Mrs. Frida. You LOVE it and we have seen your development really take off with learning letters and the months of the year and your favorite friends are Emily, Audrey and Ella M. (You now sign your name Ella H everywhere because there are two Ellas in your class.) It is so fun to see you start to have real friendships with kids your age. Glenn Lally came over to drop off your birthday present and he made you a card and was so excited to give it to you. You wanted to keep it in the envelope and put it with your jewelry to keep it safe.
You are growing so fast and maturing in really noticeable ways. Although you still feel things very deeply and experience quite a range of emotions, you are able to understand things and handle them with more stability because once you get it you tend to be ok with it. We have learned that you like to have the reasons behind things and that helps you buy in and go with it. You’re starting to ask questions that reflect a deeper level of thinking, like about HOW the doctor fixed Doowah’s hip, WHY you can’t breathe under water. You have a new interest in being a paramedic, and when we ask you what you want to be when you grow up you say “an ambulance.” You love to help people and I believe God will use that so powerfully in your life to make a difference for others. Whether or not you grow up to be an “ambulance.”
You have said some funny things too, I always try to remember the funny things you kids say. You call an envelope a “glove” and you and Avery both say “snuffed animals.” You tried a Hansen’s root beer or something one day and out of nowhere came up with “it fancies my tongue.” Recently you started saying “You BET I do” haha. It makes me laugh every time.
You had your first cast before you turned 5! On the day of the Kiddie Kampus Christmas show I dropped you and Avery off for school in the morning and not 20 minutes after I left you had fractured your knee in the bouncy house! I didn’t know how bad it was until I drove you to South Bay Church and you still couldn’t stand on it after 3 hours and you were in tears. Daddy left work to take you to the doctor and you came home with a bright pink sparkly full leg cast for 6 weeks! Needless to say we didn’t make it for the Christmas show! You have been so brave little Ella! I didn’t know what to expect but you have really been so mature in understanding why the cast is important. You are thrilled to sit on the couch all day and have food and things brought to you and watch shows and read books and color. Two more weeks to go now and then we will begin the road to recovery and building back your strength. Doctor Godley says you’ll need crutches for awhile. We’ll see how that goes! Yet again your daddy and I were completely blown away by how brave you were when you got your cast. You had to get X-Rays and everything and you didn’t even cry.
This is the year you will start “big kid school.” We aren’t completely sure yet which one because we have two good options, but I know God will guide us to choose the right one and you will be fine because you are learning to be brave.
You really haven’t had many “bad” things happen to you yet. You have such a purity and innocence, especially when it comes to believing the best about people. You haven’t really been hurt emotionally. I am keenly aware of how sensitive your heart is (you don’t even like to watch movies that have kids temporarily separated from parents, etc. they make you feel so sad). You have a tender heart just like your mommy did, and still does. I want to help you this year to begin to understand that loving Jesus doesn’t mean we don’t have hard things happen to us, and sometimes things in this life really hurt our hearts. What we can always know, however, is that no matter how much we hurt, Jesus is the ultimate healer and he can turn any winter into spring. He uses everything that happens to us in our lives, both good and bad, to reveal himself to us and to others. Knowing Him is the best thing ever. Stick with Jesus, sweetheart, trust him always, and you will be just fine.