our ava

Happy 7th Birthday, beautiful girl! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways!

1. I love the way you love to dress up. And the way you dress. Your style is your own, and you’re so confident in it.

2. I love the way you take certain things 100% seriously. There’s no messin’ when you mean business.

3. I love your flair for the dramatic. It delights and invigorates me.

4. I love that impish look of yours. You’re thinking things, girl.

5. And then look how sweet. You are such a sweetheart.

6. I love that you have such big dreams, such high hopes. I don’t ever want to squash them.

7. I love the pure, unadulterated joy you bring to our lives.

Oh, Ava. I love your spunk, your heart, your sensitivity, your creativity. I love how God made you, and I love the little woman you’re becoming. I love that you love Jesus, that your heart is tender toward others, that you’re so young yet already an incredible Mama-figure to the little ones in your life. I love your love for God’s creatures, your obsession with white stuffed animals, the way you hate to match. I love your freckles, your curls, your giggle, your toothless grin.

Your daddy and I love you so much, Ava. And your sisters do too. Our family wouldn’t be the same without you. You complete us.

I know how much you love birthdays, sweet girl. May today be your best ever!


18 thoughts on “our ava

  1. Ali

    I saw the dress at church – I love it. I do but I don’t want to have a girl. I mean, I see your adorable and beautiful girls, and I think, “I want that.” And then I think back to me, oh 15 years ago or so, and I think, “oh dear, I do NOT want that.”

  2. Gail

    I’m late getting on the computer today! Ava’s probably in bed. Please give her birthday love (one day late) from some Kentucky girls who love her!

  3. joyce

    So sweet…little girls are just the best thing in the world! Happy Birthday to your daughter…my oldest turned 21 on June 7 and I wrote a post about her the next day.

    Enjoy…time moves far too fast!

  4. Chris Yoder

    Happy 7th birthday, my sweet Ava!:) Grandma Yoder loves you sooooooooooooooooo much!:) I LOVE your bubbly spirit and your love of life!:) I LOVE to see you with your younger cousins and the way you “mother” them!:) I love your tender heart and your big grin!:) You bring me so much joy, my precious Ava!:) Happy Birthday!:)

  5. Stephanie

    Happy Birthday, my beautiful, sweet, precious Ava! I love you more than you will ever know. You make me so happy and so very proud to be your aunt Stephi. I hope today is your favorite birthday ever!!! I love you!!!

  6. Kim

    Happy Birthday Ava from your new New Jersey friends, Kim, John, Breanna and Conner. We are so glad we had the pleasure of meeting you!!! Have a great birthday!!!

  7. Lisa

    Happy, happy birthday, sweet Ava! My Emma will be 7 in a few short weeks. Something tells me you two would get along just fine!

  8. Kaye

    Happy Birthday Ava!
    What beautiful pictures, thanks so much for sharing.

    Hope all of you enjoy celebrating a wonderfully blessed day.
    Blessings always,
    Matthew 21:22

  9. Liz

    Hey there…. is Ava’s birthday the 20th or the 19th!!?? Mine is the 19th — I wondered if we shared the same birthday?! I don’t remember us discussing this! 🙂

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