Someone is stinking THRILLED to be turning 5 on the 5th today. She’s been waiting for this day for AGES and AGES (and her mommy has been dreading it just as long).
HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY, NINA GABRIEL!!
I never understood how mamas could think of their youngest as BABIES for so dumb long when they were CLEARLY not babies anymore. Well, I get it now. And you will always be ^ THIS BIG ^ to me.
You’ve loved to write (and read) for as long as I can remember. And your mama is trying not to be so obviously pleased-as-punch about that fact.
I know I need to let you get big, but my word, it’s hard. Look how cute!!
You are such a big helper! For real! I get things done faster around here thanks to you.
Oh, I could just EAT those sweet little cheeks! I wish they could be that round FOREVER.
This is one of your most endearing traits–sucking on your hair. Although I’ve mostly convinced you just to twirl it madly rather than put it in your mouth where it gets all crusty and impossible to brush.
This is one of those pictures that would make people who knew your daddy when he was a little guy say, “Oh my word, she looks JUST like Gabe did!” His blond curls were just a tad (and only a tad) shorter than yours.
I wonder how many other little girls have been to 19 zoos before their 3rd birthday. Or how many have been to 52 before their 4th.
You’re definitely a passionate soul. You feel BIG and you feel MUCH and you wear that huge ol’ heart on your sweet little sleeve, and we love you for it.
I love watching you get SO MUCH JOY out of life–every bit of it.
You have your own unique style not swayed by any silly trend-of-the-month.
And no one can pull off the Goggle Look like you, Neenie.
That’s ^you^ on your birthday last year (although I think you’ve got those same pajamas on tonight), just 2 days after you spent a couple hours in the emergency room because we thought you might be dehydrated from throwing up so much. Our whole family gets sick at the beginning of every January on years divisible by 2. Praise the Lord for good health right now!
All you can talk about right now is going to Cambodia to meet ^this little girl.^ All day long I hear “Kimhou” this and “Kimhou” that. (pronounced Kim-HOO-uh). And I love every minute of it. As long as God keeps saying yes, I’ll do everything in my power to introduce the two of you while you’re still five.
I don’t know how you got so big so fast. But I know this. At five years old, you are already showing signs of becoming a godly young woman who wants to follow Jesus with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength.
And nothing could make your Mommy and Daddy happier. Happy, happy FIFTH birthday, Nina Gabe! We love you so much, Peeky!