My sweet baby girl,
Your smile is contagious. There were some ladies just talking about it yesterday. You smile with your eyes first and I simply can’t imagine someone not smiling when they see you do that.
You are addicted to your thumb and chocolate milk. It’s just true. We’ve tried (for incredibly short spans of time) for you to stop sucking your thumb and it ends with you being in tears proclaiming “but I just LOVE my tums!!!” We have gone through more bottles of Hershey’s syrup than I care to admit because of your love of chocolate milk. There was a time when one bottle could easily last us a year or longer…not anymore.
You have become an expert “bedtime delayer” this past year. The best excuse you have to not go to bed (or to come out of your room) is that you need to “tell us some-din” and then you’ll break out into a grin and say “I jus love you so much!”. Yes, it’s as incredibly adorable as it sounds.
In the past few weeks you’ve started running to us with arms outstretched – saying “hug. hug. HUG!” & then saying that you want lots of hugs & kisses. It can be while you’re watching a show, during a meal, while you’re playing, when you’re in the tub…it doesn’t matter – it’s like it suddenly occurs to you that you haven’t had a hug in the past 2 minutes and you. need. one. right. then.
You love playgrounds and bounce houses. You adore tiny baby dolls/fairies/characters/animals – you will carry your favorites around in a gift bag or purse to be played with at any given moment. Your favorite songs are Go Tell It (on the mountain), The Light (Joy to the World), If you’re happy and you know it, Lion of Judah (The Lion & the Lamb), and the chocolate milk song ( a Lyllian original). It’s been fun listening to you lately making up your own songs and singing through conversations just like your big sister did (& still does).
You always want to know what’s going on and what the plan is (you get that from me – bless your heart). You love your teachers at school and at church – but you also love spending your one day a week with your Lhi Lhi. You really like drawing…just not on paper. Bathroom walls, furniture, my bedroom walls, & Lhi Lhi’s kitchen stools…just to name a few places. You don’t have a preference for your art tool either – tub crayons, markers, your “favorite” pen from Kyrgyzstan, or normal crayons – just whatever is readily available.
It’s been sweet this year to see you catching on to pieces of Advent. You loudly proclaim daily – “don’t forget AVENT!!!” Last week, you held up one of our Advent cards and asked us what the picture was on the front and then told us all about Noah. Mimicking everything you’ve seen us do – for the good and for the bad!!
Sometimes I just stare at you when you’re talking because I’m trying to remember if I’m talking to a 3 year old or a 13 year old. You like using words like “absolutely” and “pretty sure” in your sentences. Your favorite is to sing song “I just don’t really think so” and you get told “You better be glad you’re so cute…” quite often!
Grits and “J-U-M” (gum) are your favorite “foods” but aren’t asked for until after you’ve asked to eat your chocolate milk – told you that you’re addicted!
Your favorite color is pink – you want pink everything and you loudly shout out anytime you see the color around town. You love getting dressed and then putting your hand on your hip and asking “how do I look?” with your lips puckered out…we still have no idea where that came from.
You have two extremes…being completely independent and wanting to do everything by yourself or totally convinced only a certain person is capable of helping (ie momma, daddy, Grandma, Lhi Lhi, Gran Gran, or Rock) and it’s usually whoever is no where in sight!
Two things you say all the time are telling people “I jus kidding” when you think you’re about to get in trouble and then when you’re getting in trouble you suddenly say “my tummy hurts” or ” I don’t feel good”.
You keep us laughing and I am forever grateful that He chose to entrust us with you. His mercies are new every morning…from those cloudy rainy days in the Johannesburg NICU to the town where your momma grew up…He is faithful. Praying that you know that faithfulness personally one day soon.
I love you baby girl,