I'm a week late posting this (man, life has felt like it's getting away from me these days!). A week ago today Emerson turned 7 years old. Seven! When I imagined having kids I imagined the littles I've had. Seven, though. That's big. That's old. That's not even close to a baby anymore.
But my baby she'll always be.
And when she's someday older, together we'll sit down as mom and daughter, friends, and I imagine us chatting, laughing, and maybe crying together. We'll talk about life, how things were, and what we were most thankful for. Here are some of the things I hope to tell her, about the things I knew and saw when she turned seven.
You are SO special. I can see clearly some of the gifts that God has gifted you with in your seven years. You are one of the most compassionate, caring, sensitive, and most aware little person I've met. And you may think I'm biased, and I am, but you are what you are. You are my beautiful girl.
You're so smart - surprising me sometimes with an understanding beyond your years. Your inquisitiveness feeds into thoughtfulness - always wanting to know more so you can understand better and therefore do better somehow.
When someone has caught your heart, I love how you let them know. In pictures of crayons or paint, words, phone calls (and now lately, texts!), or any way to help, you'll find a way to show it.
You are an artist! I'm so excited for you about this! You have a fantastic creative mind and a perseverance to do things right that makes your work shine! I am so proud of you!
You can also be a perfectionist, practicing and practicing until you get it absolutely right. Every time. (And right now your cartwheels and handstands amaze!)
You love us well. I can see in you a genuine desire to serve us and show us that we are important to you (even those brothers who pester and pick on you most days! :)).
Someday, that smile of yours will melt the boys' hearts. But for now it brightens the room, spreads easily, and makes my day.
You are such a good friend. Your desire to care for your friends and give them gifts is beautiful. I pray so often that you remain the faithful and true friend that you are and that you find the friends who are the same to you.
I don't use feisty too often when I describe you, but I know you have a little bit of it in there somewhere! And I can't wait to see how you use it to push yourself and others to do well and at the same time use it for some fun and harmless mischief along the way. :)
Kiddo, you celebrate life. You celebrate well. For any occasion (even our hamster's birthday) you are my go-to girl. Decorating, planning, inviting, and preparing - you love to do it all.
I'm thankful to have you on my team in this house. Just us girls. :) And there's something to say about that - something special about us. We stick together.
I also want to tell you that you have blessed me so much since coming home from our long trip to California. Your desire to be with me, to help me, to show me love and hugs and words of affirmation when you sense I'm discouraged has meant the world to me. Don't let your young age fool you. He is using you even now. For a girl of now only seven, you have served me and showed me your faithfulness and kindness. I'm so, so proud of you.
I can't wait to watch you grow and learn, fall down and pick yourself up again, and hear the details of your every day as long as you want to tell me them. I pray that I show you every day that you are worth my time, my energy, and my heart. There is nothing more pressing to me than our family and each other. You are, and always will be, my sweet girl.
You are my first born. I thank God for you every single day and pray for the special plans He has for you. Happy (belated) birthday to my Emerson Anne! I love you so much.