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Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl

by Liz

reality

September 9, 2013

Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl

Hello, Darling…

My big girl turned five this week. While I watched her eyes light up as she opened her birthday gifts, I thought about all of the gifts she has given me in the five years + gestation we’ve been together.

Happy birthday, sweet girl.

Thank you for asking me for a “joke night” at bedtime. You laugh at, “How do you make a Kleenex dance?”* every single time. Maybe I should take this act on the road!

Thank you for sharing your Orange Mango Burst detangling shampoo. It smells amazing!

You have an eagle eye for bugs and we have to keep walking until you’ve tried to capture them all. Thank you for reminding me of me as a kid.

Sometimes you are really sweet to your little brother. Thank you for loving him even though he copies you and steals your toys. He loves you, too.

Thank you for getting yourself dressed in the morning. I’m so proud of you. And I like the radical fashion choices you sometimes make.

You know who The Beatles are and that’s cool! Thank you for listening when Daddy told you about his favorite band.

Last week you said, “When I licked my hands today, they tasted like toad.” I’m still laughing about that one.

You eat blueberries. And broccoli. And green beans. You eat spinach. I could go on and on. You don’t eat everything, but you’ll try anything once. Thank you for disproving the theory that all kids are picky eaters.

You sing (loudly) like nobody’s listening in the back seat of the car, and you sound like an eighties rocker chick. I don’t know where you got that from, but I love it! I’d buy tickets to your show.

In honor of my best girl’s birthday, I’d like to give one of YOU, our darling readers, a free MOPS International Membership for 2013-14! Tell us in the comments below about one of your favorite “gifts” from your child{ren}. One lucky gal will be drawn randomly – we’ll contact you via email.

*You put a little boogie in it.

Related topics: Liz, Gratitude

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I love the innocence of babes and how they soak in everything. When trying on snow boots with my 26 month old daughter.....I said, "Audrey, help mommy, I am hot and want to go home." She started blowing on me like I was a piece of hot food. I had to laugh and thank her for all her hot air.

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My children give me the gift of being immensely needed and wanted. I have a 3 year old son and 1 year old daughter who seem to always want to be with me and miss me when I am gone for only short periods of time. The purpose that I have an opportunity to play in their lives right now affirms that my role is important and will impact them now and throughout their lives.

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One of my favorite "gifts" from my children are the super sweet kisses they give to their baby sister (age: 8 weeks). Each of my children (ages: 5, 3, 22 months) is just fascinated with how tiny she is and they all love on her every chance they get. Pure sweetness :)

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The gift of prayer.I just recently accepted Christ and since then we have been praying with my two year old before bed.we take each others hands and pray about the day.we give thanks for mommy daddy baby and ducky.just recently she has started saying "mommy hands" and follows by bursting into prayer. She has no problem doing this anywhere. At stores at the park in the pool at a friends. At first I was a little scared to do this in public now I am happy she is giving God the credit. I hope she grows up with this and maintains her unwavering faith!

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My daughter is clumsy and I laugh b/c I know she takes after me. She loves to dance around the house all the time. Dance parties just make everything better, until she trips over something or runs into something, which makes me laugh again. :)

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My precious girl entered the world at just 31 weeks and weighed only 2 pounds 12 ounces. From the moment she arrived, she was kicking and fighting! She flew through the NICU in 1 week and was sent home after only 2 more weeks in a step down nursery; a full 5 weeks before doctors thought she would arrive home at the earliest. Watching something so teeny fight so hard for life changes you. She is a constant reminder to me of how truly precious life is and how truly sacred! She has given me the gift of that treasured and ever-present reminder. I am so grateful to my tiny "fighter" for that very important lesson.

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This article could be about my daughter (who also just turned 5). She sings worship music in the backseat of the car at the top of her lungs. She wears mis-matched patterned clothes because both pieces have pink. She quotes movies (and tries to do the voices) with my husband and doubles over in a fit of laughter when they finish a "scene". She knows the favorites characters of all the kids in her class and wants to buy every item with that character for each kid. She screams from the back seat to watch the caterpillar crossing the road as we are driving somewhere. Like yours, she eats fruits and vegetables and causes us to get weird looks when she orders broccoli and water in a restaurant.

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My five-year-old (and the two younger ones, too!) LOVES to read. LOVES it, as in, she will ask me to read until I'm hoarse. As she gets older, we are having the special gift of reading chapter books together. My favorite was "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." It opened up some fantastic conversations about Jesus and sacrifice!

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A wonderful gift I often get when out with my children are the smiles and greetings from grandparents. I am often forced to chat with someone I would otherwise pass by, and it brings me out of my introverted self!

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My baby (at 8 months old) made up his own game: He smushes his nose up to mine, and breathes heavily so it makes noise. Not much, maybe, but it melts my heart every time!

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My house is filled with boys: my husband, our 3 boys, and our dog. I am completely outnumbered! But the endless joy my boys have brought me is amazing. Each one is such a blessing! From my oldest son opening doors for me and saying, "Ladies, first," to my second son giving me a hug and kiss every morning regardless of how old he gets, to my youngest son presenting me with bouquets of dandelions, my heart overflows with these beautiful gifts God has given to my husband and I.

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My 3 boys give me the best gift ever- unconditional love!! No matter how mad they make- just one smile or laugh melts my heart and makes it all better. They love me if my hair is a mess, if the house is a wreck, if dinner comes in a box or if I made it all from scratch.

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We were talking about "best buddies" at dinner one night. Assuming his answer would be his cousins name, we asked him who HIS best buddy was. He slowly looked up from his plate and said "Mooommmyyy". Made my night, my day, my week, my month, everything.

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I have a large scar on my forehead I got 30 years ago. I've grown so used to it that I often forget it's there, but it's still a new thing to them as they become more aware of details. One day my 3 year old was studying my face and asked what happened to my boo boo. After I told him the story, he started kissing the scar over and over, and told me "I'm kissing it until your boo boo goes away. You won't hurt anymore". Witnessing that compassion for others was better than any tangible gift I could ever receive.

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My two year old, Liam, gave me a wonderful gift a bedtime one night last week. Before he was born I picked the song that says, "He will keep you in perfect peace if you keep your mind on Him" by Twila Paris, as his lullaby. He has listened to me sing to him most nights but the other night he sang along almost word for word! The tears were flowing as I tried to make it to the end of the song. It was a wonderful gift.

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My daughter is the most extroverted child I've ever known. She talks to random strangers in the grocery store, and if you smile at her at the dentist's office waiting room, she will come sit in your lap for 15 minutes and tell you everything you ever wanted to know from a kindergartener (and then some). As a formerly-shy woman, she has forced me to interact with everyone we meet, and although it's exhausting at times it has been one of my greatest gifts!

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