Monday, April 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Claire!

Dear Claire,

I can't believe that you are four today! I remember so vividly the day you came into the world and blessed us with your sweet presence. Your daddy and I were forever changed.

You are growing into a beautiful young lady. You are so sweet and kind and always think of others before yourself. You love your family so much and pray for each of us by name every night. I love to see you play with your baby brother. You treat him with such kindness and are always looking out for him.

You love to sing and dance. You love to color and write in your notebook (or make "observations" as you say). Maybe one day you will be an artist or a reporter. I can't wait to see what God has in store for you, but I also want to bottle you up and keep you just as you are right now.

Even though we didn't rock you to sleep much when you were little (we wanted you to put yourself to sleep and not create bad sleep habits), I love that over the past few months, you want us to rock you before bed at night. I will do it anytime you ask (even when you wake up in the middle of the night) because I know it will just be a second before you are too big to sit in my lap and rock (or you don't want to anymore).

On this your fourth birthday, this is my scripture prayer for you:

"I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!"
Ephesians 1:17-19 (The Message).

I love you so much ... more than you will ever know or understand (until you have your own children). I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

Love, Mommy

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