This is such a hard post to write because it is just so hard to sum you up in words. Over the past 4 years, you’ve had to “share” your birthday with your little brother, but you have never ever complained about Hayden getting his birthday celebration a couple days before you. You are nothing but sweet and happy for him, yet you always manage to remind us that YOUR birthday is just a few days away. But today is your day my love and I hope it’s a wonderful one!
Seven. Seven years old. How on EARTH did this happen? I honestly feel like it was just a couple months again that you arrived. Peanut, you changed everyone’s world the moment you came, especially your momma’s. Words can’t express how badly she wanted you and even though she swore she wouldn’t, she cried the moment you came, as did many of us. And you came fast! I remember being the waiting room with Uncle Kevin when the nurse came out and told us we might as well go home and sleep because it would be at least another 5 hours before you came. She didn’t know that what a determined little thing you are because within the hour of us getting home, Aunt Kara called and told us you were here! You were a Baby Doll from the beginning! Perfect in literally every way and with so much dark hair (which you also had on your ears and back, which luckily has disappeared).
The moment I met you, I was in love. Complete and utter love. At 17, there was a lot I wasn’t sure about but you were something so wonderfully perfect in my life and the moment I held you, I knew there was nothing I wouldn’t do for you. Growing up, I used to beg my parents for a little sister. I never got one until you came and you are everything I could have ever wished for!
Since that day, you have brought nothing but complete and utter joy to the lives of everyone who knows you. Peanut, you have the kindest heart I have ever encountered in anyone, much less a 7 year old. Your intentions are never anything but sweet. You were born a nurturer. You hate for anyone to ever feel sad, left out, or hurt, and if you see someone feeling bad, you do everything in your power to make them feel better.
You very rarely ever raise your voice to anyone, even though your brother loves to drive you crazy. You are the best big sister to him, Peanut. He pushes your limits and you do nothing but love him and take care of him. You are always looking out for him, making sure other kids are treating him well, making sure he has everything he needs, making sure he is having fun, and most of all, you help keep him in line.
You are a little mommy to all kids. You love to take care of babies and little kids and honestly Peanut, you are so good at it! You make up games, make sure everyone gets a turn, love to play teacher, and all kids, both little and older, adore you. But you even take care of adults. It’s like you always know when someone just needs a hug or to have their hand held. You are the world’s best listener and will always always keep a secret.
You are quite the fashionesta girly girl. You wear nothing but dresses (unless you are playing sports of course) You always have to match, and you love to do nails and wear jewelry. You are always the best dressed no matter where we are. You always look wonderful and my love, you are beautiful in every possible way. You have the most gorgeous skin, big brown eyes, and the sweetest smile out there. You get the world’s most beautiful tan while wearing 75+ SPF. It’s just not fair! And you have quite a few boyfriends at school.
Seriously, you could be a child model. Yes, I understand we are a bit biased, but everyone else agrees, you are just sooooo gorgeous! Don’t you ever EVER doubt that or second guess it. And you are getting so big! You are always the smallest in your class but your are starting to get long legs and your loosing your baby face. You are turning into such a little lady. Good Luck Charlie, Shake it Up, and Jessie have replaced Dora and Wonder Pets. You’re just so grown up!
It sometimes makes me sad you see you growing up so fast, but Little One, I couldn’t be more proud of the little person you are becoming! You are so incredibly smart and such a very hard worker. You love to help with everything, cleaning, cooking, getting your little brother dressed…no one ever has to ask you, you always just start helping. You see the best in people and befriend anyone. There’s not a mean bone in your body.
You love us all to be together as a family. You hate for us to be apart and you will tell anyone who will listen, all about your family. Like I said to Hayden, we have an interesting dynamic to our crazy little family, but you never question the way things are…you don’t care that your family is different. You are proud of it and that is such a beautiful thing about you.
This year, you got to know new cousins and aunts and uncles and you talk about them all the time. You love to tell everyone all about your new cousins and how much you love them. And you really love your Aunt Debbie’s Macaronia and Cheese! When I asked you what you were most excited to do this summer I was expecting you to say, “Go to Hersey Park!”, or “Go to the beach!”, or “Play!”. But not you…you told me, “I’m most excited to have new cousins.” That’s just who are you are Peanut…you care so much more about people than things and I hope you never ever ever lose that quality.
You are the orchestrater and leader in everything you do. You get frustrated when things don’t work out the way you thought they would and you worry a lot. You get scared easily and get yourself so worked up over things. Love, know that you don’t have to worry about anything in this life. You have so many people in your life who love you and wouldn’t let anything bad happen, and if anything were to happen, you will be taken care of.
You are such a sensitive little thing and anytime you get in trouble or feel like you did something wrong you get so upset. You cry and cry and say you’re sorry over and over. I see a lot of myself in you in that way and I want you to know that it is okay to make mistakes. You will make mistakes in your life but please know that as long as you’re sorry, everything will be okay. You are always the first to apologize and make things right. It is such a sweet quality, but you don’t need to worry so much and get so upset. You don’t need to be perfect because you are absolutely wonderful exactly how you are.
Baby girl, the thing is there are just really no words to describe what you mean to us. You are a blessing to all you encounter. Your heart is just so big and giving and you have such a tender loving soul. You have taught me more about life and love in your 7 years than I ever thought possible.
I truly love with you all of my being and I would do anything in the world for you. I know you will keep making us proud everyday, just like you always have. Peanut, never try to be anything other than yourself. Never ever change to make other people happy. Be kind to those around you, but stand up for yourself and what you believe. You are going to do big things in this world and I am so blessed to be able to witness it. I’m also lucky to have you have my wedding planner : )