Today is your eighth birthday. You are eight years old today. I have to repeat it to myself to believe it. Then I have to quickly stop repeating it because if I let myself digest that little fact my eyes start to burn. I remember typing your birthday letter last year. I was sitting on the same couch I’m sitting on now thinking that I just couldn’t believe you were turning seven. And just like that – a whole year has flown by. And now you are eight. And you are amazing. You really are Ellie. There are so many thing I love about you. I could write a book.
You and Addison are still as thick as thieves. The two of you race home from school every day so that you can play play play. Addison loves you so much and wants to do everything exactly the same as her big sister Ellie. You set a great example for her to follow. The sound of you two laughing is my favorite thing to hear. Which is a good thing because I hear it a lot! You take such good care of Addison – always watching out for her. This morning you woke up to eight birthday balloons in your bed with a dollar in each one. The first thing you said was “Ad! Look! The balloons have dollars in them! I’ll have four and you can have four!” It made me smile. That is so like you. Always thinking of Addison.
Kole completely adores you as well and you are crazy about him. You are always so excited to get him up in the morning. It’s like you’ve missed him all night and just can’t wait to see him. Lately you have even been getting him out of his crib yourself. Often before I’m really ready for him to be out of his crib. :) You two have such a special relationship. When you are around his little eyes just light up.
I love that you are so happy Ellie. I say this about you all the time but it’s true. Whenever I hear the song “you are my sunshine” I instantly think of you. You bring so much sunshine into my life. And into your dad’s and your sister’s and your brother’s. Your excitement for every little thing is contagious and it spreads to everyone around you. We smile a lot because of you Ellie.
Your sense of humor is maturing. And you are funny. I mean really funny. Your dad and I are always laughing about things you say and do. You crack. us. up. On a daily basis. My favorite thing you said this year was “who says Kole has to be a boy just because some silly doctor says so?” Your dad and I had a good laugh over that one.
You have developed such a love for reading this year. It has been really enjoyable to see. You stay up so late reading and often try to carry your book around with you everywhere we go during the day so that you can sneak in a page or two. In the car, walking through the grocery store… I hope your love for reading never ends.
You are such a huge help to me Ellie. You are always completely aware of my mood/feelings. Kole is a lot of work right now and you can always tell when I’m starting to feel tired or frustrated. You quickly smile at me and say “I love you mom.” And as soon as you do I instantly feel less tired and less frustrated. Then you start to head up the stairs singing a little song you made up for Kole. His little clue that it’s time to follow you upstairs to play. I am always so grateful for your help with him and wonder every day how I would survive without it!
You are doing a great job in second grade this year. Your teacher adores you and always tells me about the sweet things you do and say to your classmates. How kind you are to everyone. How you go out of your way to make people feel special. How you are such a social, friendly, well-liked student. She also tells me that you sometimes have a hard time focusing on your school work because you are so busy being kind and social. Doesn’t surprise me one bit. :)
One of the things I adore the most about you Ellie is your endless creativity. I am always blown away by the things you come up with. With just a laundry basket and some yarn you are able to create all sorts of magical contraptions for you and Addison to play with. You are a master story teller and entertainer and your siblings are never at a loss for what to do when you are around.
I could go on and on about you Ellie but I’ll save my book for when you turn nine. :) Which will sneak up on me altogether too quickly just like age eight did. But I’m so incredibly grateful. Grateful for your smile and your laughter and your love. Grateful that such an amazing little person is my daughter. Grateful for one more year I got to spend with you – my sunshine.
Happy 8th Birthday Ellie!
I love you so much.