Friday, February 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Anna Claire!

Happy Birthday sweet girl! I can't believe that you are 3 already. Last night as I tucked you into bed, my mind raced back to when you were born; sitting in the NICU, watching every move you made, praying that you would gain weight and begin breathing without the help of the oxygen. My how things have changed!

You are a beautiful, smart and funny little girl. There is not a day that goes by that your Daddy and I don't laugh about things that you have said or done. You are creative and imaginative. Every day you ask me, "can I play princess?" You then proceed to pick out the dress Didi made you for Christmas and proclaim proudly, "this is my wedding dress." And you love to "get married" to Daddy when he comes home from work.

One of your favorite things to do is pretend you are cooking (and you love to watch Giada and Ina after your afternoon nap :)) I listen to you as you pretend you are "cooking onions", putting things in the oven to "get nice and brown" and just the other day you said that you were cooking with feta cheese! So funny!

You love your sister and boy oh boy, does she love you. You make her laugh and smile. She loves to watch you dance and whenever you are in the same room, she is watching every move you make.

You have a soft heart for those you love; always wanting to include those that are sick in your bedtime prayers. You are quick to remind us of those we have mentioned that don't feel well. You pray for Yaya (Jessica) in Australia too.

There are tough days of course, when your strong-willed little heart and mind get the best of you, and me too, but thankfully, those days are few and far between. You are learning what it means to be obedient, not only to honor us, your parents, but the Lord as well.

This coming year, we are embarking on new and wonderful things--memorizing Scripture, learning more responsibility with a job chart and of course continuing to learn how to love well.

We absolutely couldn't love you any more sweet girl! Happy 3rd Birthday!

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