They say time flies, to savor each moment when they are young, that they'll be gone before you know it. My little, middle one turned six last week and I can't believe where the past six years have gone. It's tough being the middle child (or so I've heard) and then to have a December birthday on top of that (I understand...).
So this year, we made it special. Our girls get to have "real" parties on their first, fourth, sixth, eighth.... and we'll see from there. I wish I were more creative, but my creative juices seem to be waning the older I get. She did get her homemade double-decker butterfly cake and a small pajama party (no sleepovers yet, that's the eighth birthday). Getting her haircut was the highlight though! She has wanted her hair cut short for two years and Mommy finally agreed.
Being in the middle of two sisters, it has given her a new sense of identity. She's still our shy, quiet (in front of others), and reserved child, but how I love her laugh! She has the best sense of humor once you get to know her and is one of the biggest wiggle worms you'll meet. She loves to snuggle and give hugs. She's our adventurous one who will surprise us when we least expect it. Often when she sees a need in others, she is quick to give whether it be a card or handmade gift from her room.
Her birthday was on December 14, the same day that so many parents lost their precious six year olds. It's impossible to understand why, yet still possible to trust. Needless to say, I held her a little tighter and a little longer this past week. When the stresses of her birthday party arose on Saturday, the thoughts were still fresh how many parents would love to be giving their sweet babies their parties. Let me not take for granted the children He has entrusted me to care for. How blessed I am!