It is such a joy to be your mother! I still remember the thrill of finding out I was having a second daughter. Your older sister went with me to the sonogram. She really wanted a sister and had been praying for you for years and she was ecstatic to call home and tell her daddy that we were having another girl! I love watching you girls play and grow in your relationships. It warms my heart to think of all the years ahead you'll have together.
You are such a sweet, affectionate child. You've always been our snuggle bug. You were the first child that I wore. For the first year you were on me constantly throughout the day. Oh, the things we did, you and I, we went everywhere together and I loved every minute of it...the shopping, helping friends move, cooking and cleaning...it was you and I. Then there were your siblings who would carry your around whenever I put you down for a brief moment. You used to cling to them like a little chimpanzee, wrapping your arms and legs around them. Such sweet memories! I'm sure you don't remember but your bedroom was my closet. The other bedrooms were so far away, and I just couldn't bear to put you on the other side of the house, so I put you in my closet and there you slept for the first couple of years. That closeness is something you've not outgrown. You still love to snuggle and many a morning I awake to you nestled next to me. At times I worry about you being a middle child. I wonder if you'll get lost in all the chaos, but as if you could read my mind you come and press in right in the middle of all I'm doing, making sure that I never forget you. Really, how could I forget you my precious child.
Your smile melts my heart and illuminates a room. I love the beauty of your heart and your compassion that draws others to you. That inner beauty radiates through to your outer beauty, a beauty that I find striking and has always captivated me. I have always enjoyed photographing you because you make even the most mundane photos look lovely. You were the child that really drew me into photography because despite my lack of skills the photos of you were always lovely, filled with your warmth and beauty. I know that sounds a bit vain, but taking beautiful pictures of you gave me the desire to learn more and grow in photography. I don't know that I would have had the confidence to try had I not gotten a glimpse of what was possible with you.
You are also my deep thinker, the child who misses nothing and sees everything and asks me a zillion questions a day. Deep questions that cause me to stop and ponder how to answer. Questions that drive your siblings crazy, because you interrupt our read alouds to ask what's on your mind. Questions that keep me in your room past bedtime. I treasure them for it's these moments that show me the depth of your soul and possibilities before you. For I know God has great plans for you and I am honored to be a part of the plan of raising you up into who He has created you to be.
I love you my Little Bear. I love every moment we have together...the bed time stories and songs...the endless questions...the smiles...the snuggles...playing dress up...tea time...baking together...watching you play with your sisters...teaching you to read...and whatever each day brings. I love you. -Momma
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