Ella my dear, you are becoming more and more beautiful every day. I cannot believe you are turning 7 years old! That seems like a very high number that used to be WAY in the future and now its here. This might actually be the first year I will sit you down and read to you these words I’m writing. I think you’ll love it. You really love to hear Daddy and I tell stories of when you were born (it is quite a story) and what you were like as a baby. It makes you feel special and I love that because you are more special to me than you’ll ever know.
You are maturing so much. I can’t believe the difference between the kindergarten Ella and the first grade Ella. Wow, we can really reason with you and talk to you like a big kid and you can handle it! (Most of the time). It’s really nice. The other day Andrew was playing with his new tractor that has a scooper and a forklift attachment. He love the forklift but that thing will not stay on. He was in the family room playing and I was at the table with you girls. I was helping Avery with homework and you were coloring. There was a period of time when Andrew’s forklift would fall off, he would scream, you would fix it for him and come back to the table, and then the whole scene would repeat again 2 min later. Probably 10 times in a row and you and I would just look at each other and smile. You are so sweet and I love how you care for your little brother and sister.
You are such a good helper. You love to help make snack or dinner and you also LOVE to wash dishes. I think you’re getting pretty good at it too! You can flip pancakes and make macaroni and crack eggs. Pretty soon you’ll be doing it all and the other kids will come and ask you for food instead of me or daddy!
For your birthday party you want a Lion King movie viewing with PJs and Pizza. Just like your SING party last year. All you need to be happy is a couch and a good movie. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree(s) I suppose!
You are very much into the idea of getting your own pet bunny. You probably started talking about it 2 years ago and I thought for sure it would wear off, that you’d get over it or forget about it. Well, you have not. You keep bringing it up and when we went to the pet store with Nonna and Poppa a couple weeks ago you got to go in and pet a bunny. That just made it worse. So I told you that in order to talk about having a pet like this you’d need to keep your room clean for 6 months. Problem solved.
You are also really becoming interested in fishing. So daddy got you a fishing pole for your birthday and has scheduled a date to take you fishing in a couple of weeks. That is going to be so fun for both of you. Not sure if it will stick long term, but I do know that you’ll be making memories with your daddy that are priceless.
Before we know it you are going to be asking for the keys and having boy problems and wanting a job. I love our lives right now, you are so precious and innocent and I wish it could last forever. But I know you have a good head on your shoulders and a solid foundation. You have such a soft and loving heart. You love Jesus and are learning more about his ways and how to know him. I can’t wait to see who you become, and how you bring your beauty to the world around you. You and I are going to have lots of long talks, and I’ll always be here for you no matter what. You are my only ever first baby. And you always will be.