The day after her older brother turned two, our sweet L was born. There is something about welcoming your fourth child into the world that is sweeter than anything I have known. Perhaps it is the thought that she is our last child (not a fact we are sure of by the way, but we have a hunch), or maybe that we felt so used to having newborns around that we weren’t nervous about breaking her and could just relish in all her teeny-weeny-ness. I have soaked up every moment with this girl with confidence and pleasure. It is so nice not to question myself and wonder if I should do ____ this way, or that way. I’m in a groove and I love it! I know all too well how fast this beautiful season of being little goes (Oh, how I love it and hate it all at once!) and I have been so thankful for a babe in my arms these last two years. L is simply a delight.
Our life was unsettled (new job, new house, and new to life with four children) when L was born and looking into these sweet eyes each day as we often struggled in other things, was God’s reminder to us of his goodness and perfect love for us. We felt like in the midst of something hard, God had just given us the perfect bundle of a present to fill our hearts with certain sweetness among some bitter days. And let me tell you, it is wonderful and so so sweet to be this girl’s mama.
L brings out the sweetest parts of her siblings, they adore her, dote on her and otherwise live to serve her. She loves it and this year has really become one of the pack around here. She is so gentle and so girly. Upon opening her gifts this year, she just admired that pink packages and said, “Oh, it so cuuute! So cute.” She loves to pick out her own outfits and is particularly opinionated about coats and sweaters. She loves to color and paint and give high fives and fist bumps (she does have a big brother after all).
She is incredibly shy around people and rarely speaks in public, but she can be our sassy pants behind the scenes, sending us to another room in fits of laughter before we can muster the straight faces required for discipline. Most days though, this girl is easy to please and enjoys each moment of her days with her family. As one good friend recently pointed out, she is our “toothiest grinner” and I just can’t get enough of it! Happy Birthday to my sweet girl!