My middle baby turns 9 today. I’m not exactly sure how this happened. It seems like just a couple weeks ago she was heading off to big, bad kindergarten.
And now she’s a FOURTH GRADER. I keep telling her and telling her to stop growing up, but does she listen? NO, SHE DOES NOT. Sigh.
NINE (out of a million) Things I Love About AVA:
1. She has a little mama’s heart. If there is a baby or child within 200 feet of Ava, she’s drawn to the thing like a magnet. Ava is happiest when she’s got a baby in her arms or a toddler on her hip. And littles LOVE her.
2. She gets very, very excited about things. I love her enthusiasm. Love it. It’s so much fun to surprise her with ideas and activities and little gifts. She’s bubbly and passionate, and her reaction is always a joy.
3. She’s a natural. While she can be shy sometimes, she’s got this natural, I’m-so-comfortable-in-my-own-body thing that I admire like crazy. Every item of clothing she tries on fits her, and she can pull off any outfit. She moves in such a free and easy way, without a hint of awkwardness–on the soccer field, dancing when she thinks no one’s watching… love it.
4. She keeps her parents humble. If it weren’t for the frequent “moments” Ava and I (and her daddy) share, we might be oh-so-tempted to be prideful of her amazing-ness and beauty. I have shed more tears (and not the happy kind) over this girl than my other two combined, but the oh-so-hard moments make the wonderful ones that much sweeter.
5. She loves Cambodia. Oh, that girl can’t wait to get across the world and love on some kiddos face-to-face that she already loves heart-to-heart. She’s always telling me how she just can’t wait until December and she’ll do whatever she needs to do to get us there.
6. She’s low-maintenance. Well, in the sense that it doesn’t take much to make her happy. The Cosby Show on Netflix and unlimited supply of ice pops, and she’s good to go.
7. She wears her heart on her sleeve. She never makes me guess how she feels about something. She’s more than willing to give me an earful whether I asked for it or not.
8. She’s got her own drummer. Ava’s typically not too concerned with what everyone else likes or what they’re doing. She’s comfortable in her own skin and marches to her own beat.
9. She’s beautiful inside and out. I love those long, blond locks and her smattering of freckles. Her pretty smile and those blue, blue eyes. Her long, lean body and cute little (big) toes. And she’s got a heart to match.
We love you, Ava! And I know you’re soooo excited about your birthday! Off to put up the birthday banner right now! Tomorrow is a shopping trip, picking up Nia and Emily, swimming, your favorite taco pizza from Eagle’s, opening gifts, making ice cream cake, and lots and lots of giggling and squealing!
We’re so glad you’re in our family! We’re so, so blessed!
Love, Mommy, Daddy, Livi, and Nina
p.s. In honor of Ava’s b-day, The Husband’s Guide to Getting Lucky is just $2.99 ALL DAY (and today ONLY)!