You did it. Even though I distinctly told you not to. You turned nine years old yesterday. NINE! These birthday letters are getting harder and harder for me to write.
Just ten minutes ago you were my vivacious four year old. You loved tea parties and Little Bear and playing with your sister Addison.
Even though you are growing so quickly Ellie and I am starting to see small glimpses of “pre-teen,” you are still the sweetest little person imaginable. You love life and it shows in everything you do. I was reading your birthday letter from last year and the year before the other day and now I feel like I can just say ditto to everything I mentioned in them. The things I love so much about you haven’t changed one bit. You are still so happy and kind and creative and loving.
Here are a few things about you right now at age nine that I never want to forget:
You especially love to draw pandas. Actually you just love to draw period. You are always drawing something and you have such a talent for art. You have already far surpassed how well your daddy and I can draw (although you and I both know that’s not saying much!).
A couple of weeks ago you found a drawing that you liked of an animal on-line and within two hours you had drawn around 20 animals. They were so adorable I had to take a picture. You named them all of course. And numbered them all in order.
And then everyone in the family had to pick their favorites. Because you always love for all of us to pick our favorites. :)
You have a passion for creating things Ellie. Pictures, stories, songs…
or even just new inventive ways to play with your toys. Your creativity is endless and I am always excited to see what you will come up with next.
You love writing notes and you express your feelings this way often.
You also write and draw to express your feelings when you are upset or mad. This note is a favorite of mine. You were upset that your dad had to fly to San Francisco again for work. It pretty much sums up how we all feel when your dad has to travel.
You have such a special relationship with your little brother and sister Ellie. I couldn’t have dreamed up a better big sister for them.
You love them. You watch out for them. You would do anything for them and you show it every day. You show it when you stop playing with your toys because Kole is calling “help me!” You show it when Addie is sad or upset and you instantly run to make her laugh and cheer her up. You show it in the way you talk to them and play with them and take care of them. And you especially show it in the way you make them feel.
You make all of us feel loved Ellie. You are so full of love and happiness. Some days if I’m feeling down I know I just need a good dose of my Ellie. :) You walk in the door and just like that, I am happy again. It’s impossible to not smile when you are around. The two of us always talk about how you are so special to me because you made me a mom. You are special because of that Ellie. You are special to me for countless reasons and I can’t imagine my life without you in it.
Happy 9th birthday Ellie! I love you to pieces.