My Sweet Lily Girl,
You amaze me, babe. You have come such a long way this past year. You’ve been through so much, but you’re a fighter. Oh, are you a fighter! I am beyond proud of you for going from the brink of death to the strong, joyful, chunky little two-year old you are now.
Lily, you are such a smart little girl. You love to sit in my lap and read. You love to count and say your ABC’s (and you’re getting really good at both)! You enjoy puzzles and love when I quiz you on your colors and shapes. You ADORE Barney, but don’t mind some Veggie Tales occasionally, too. You love singing and dancing around the house in your dress-up clothes. You enjoy playing in the pool and bath time, as long as the water doesn’t get on your face :) You get so excited when I ask you to get your shoes so we can go on a walk or get in the car, or “tar” as you call it. When we play outside, your favorite thing to do is pick up the leaves and seeds and put them in your toy car, but you enjoy kicking the soccer ball around, too – praise God!
I wanted to share with you, each birthday of yours we celebrate, my favorite thing about you. But, I can’t. Babe, there are so many things about you that I cherish. There are so many things about you that are my favorite! So, I will share a few. I love how excited and giddy you get over things like me reading a book to you, or the Barney theme song or seeing the blue Skype call ringing and you realize we’re calling Jjajja. I love how much you love to learn. I love that you still call ‘water’ ‘doh dah.’ I love how you always say “yes, mama” and “mama, please.” You are so polite, Lil! I love your kisses and cuddles. I love when I come to get you from naptime and you scream with excitement. I love watching you grow, explore and learn. I love watching you play and I love watching you sleep. I love silly things you pick up from me, like saying, “niiice” when you give me a high-five. I am thankful I get to see more of Christ because of you. I love being your Mama, sweet girl and all of these favorites above are just TOUCHING on why I love that huge blessing.
I cannot believe you have been by my side for an entire year. It seems so much shorter, and so much longer. Oh, little one, this year with you has been incredible. You have stretched me, grown me, challenged me, loved me, accepted me, trusted me, taught me, made me cry more than ever, made me laugh more than ever, made me stronger, made me healthier, made me a mother and, most importantly, you have made me fall in love with Jesus even more. Thank you, baby.
My prayer for you this next year is that you would grow even more into who God has created you to be. I’m praying that you experience the love of your Father, even as a two-year old. I’m praying that as you grow, your heart will begin to desire something more, Someone more.
Happy birthday, my Lily Grace. Today, I celebrate more than I ever have before. This day is a day to be joyful for, grateful for! You are worth celebrating, Lily.
I love you so much, baby girl. Always and forever.