Monday, April 11, 2011
I cannot believe you are now four years old. It was quite a big year for you. This past year, you lived in 3 different states, which ultimately resulted in a cross-country move to the rainy, yet beautiful city of Seattle. You took this move in stride and have taught me and your dad a thing or two about accepting change. You, in many ways, have been my teacher this past year and I love you all the more for it.
I love watching you enjoy real preschool for the first time. I love watching you love your teachers and soak in all they have to teach you. I love hearing you talk about all your friends at school, always talking about a different one each day. I love that at a young age, you are extremely inclusive, desiring to play with everyone, not just a few. I love that you love learning Bible verses. I love that at your first parent-teacher conference, the first phrase your teacher used to describe you was that you were always, "friendly and nice to all", a phrase that is far more important than knowing all your letters and numbers in my book.I love that your imagination is vast and creative. I love watching you play. I love playing princess with you. I love that your daddy is always your prince. I love watching you love on your daddy and vice versa, you two are so alike. I love that you are liberal with your "i love yous". I love that you don't see race. I love that that the words "Sri Lanka" and "Kenya" are in your vocabulary. I love that you describe your daddy's job as "helping people", simple and true. I love that your dad and I talk daily about how blessed we are to have you in our lives. I love that you are so extremely funny. I love that during this past year of ups and downs and twists and turns, you have remained constant, a sweet, enchanting constant, that I hold so dear.
I love that the Lord gave me you, and knew way before you were born what your personality would be like at four. I love that He knew that I needed your 4 year old self, more than you'll ever know. I love you, my precious 4 year old. Happy Birthday.