To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Where Oh Where Has My Little Girl Gone?

We hugged and kissed our four year old last night and put her to bed. This morning I woke up a bright eyed five year old.
Does it feel different today as a five year old, I asked? To which she responded, "Yes!" Not sure what the difference is but she feels it :-)
I know we say it all the time but seriously, they grow up so fast. It's bittersweet but Rob reminds me all the time that the goal is to grow them raise her up and let her take her place among her be that warrior princess that will stand firm in the truth of the faith that we're giving her, teaching her...remembering the little one that she was (oh, how I miss those golden curls!)...enjoying the child that she is now (learning so much everyday)...but always keeping an eye on the woman of God we want her to be and moving towards that end. For some that may seem ridiculous but for us it's about parenting with a purpose. And the purpose is about much more than making sure she gets into college and has a good career and marries well. Thankfully it happens in little steps and we do get to enjoy each moment as they come.
So five things to know about Claire:
She has no idea that she doesn't rule the world. Seriously, we laugh sometimes that she probably thinks she was born last so that everyone else had time to prepare for her.

She eats all. the. time. (Her birthday dinner tonight will be spaghetti and parmesan pull apart bread. I had to say no to the side dish of mashed potatoes.)

She's fearless.

She has the distinction of being our largest baby weighing at nine and a half pounds when she was born. She also walked sooner, at nine months, than the other four.

When she genuinely gets tickled about something she has one of the all time greatest laughs ever. It makes you smile just to hear it.

Happy birthday sweet girl! We thank God that He gave you to us and look forward eagerly to all that He has planned for your life. Serve Him with a strong heart.
She's Five!


iarepilotswife said...

Happy birthday, Claire!

Marty - that last picture is totally you.

(Also, we won't mention her fear of seagulls flocking on the beach.)