Today you are four, and it literally feels like I JUST wrote your third birthday letter. Time is passing so quickly! The saying is so true, that when you're raising little ones, the days are so long but the years are so short. I feel a little teary eyed thinking that today you are passing from toddlerhood to childhood, and I can't call you a baby anymore. And you're certainly not one. You are so big and so smart. You amaze me every day with the things that you know -- from your Spanish-speaking abilities to the things you know about animals and planets -- you're smarter than me in many ways!
You are such a wonderful big sister. You look out for Selah and protect her at all costs. You interpret for me on the rare occasion that I don't know what she's saying. And you mommy her in so many ways. Yes, you have your fights. But to be honest, she probably starts them more than you do! And both of you forgive and forget quickly. Right now, you are best friends. And I am praying it always stays that way.
I am so proud of the little girl you've become. Yesterday we celebrated your birthday at the Pumpkin Patch with your friends and cousins. The weather and the day were perfect. And so were YOU. You were such a delight, so thankful to be there and having so much fun. I couldn't have asked for a better Birthday Girl.
Of course, you're not always perfect. Sometimes you're whiny and sometimes you don't listen. But your daddy and I have realized we can get you to do just about anything by counting, "1...2...." You're smart enough to know that you don't want to know what happens at number 3 :)
I know I'm far from a perfect Mommy too. I often regret raising my voice or losing my patience. And I pray that my outpouring of love will be enough to cover my faults. I hope that is the overwhelming sentiment you remember from your mother -- LOVE.
I'll be honest, though. You're becoming a real "Daddy's Girl" lately. You're starting to prefer him to me for bedtime routines and I'm not sure how I feel about that! :)
Your daddy and I are doing our best to raise you in the fear and admonition of the Lord. I feel like you've learned a lot about the Lord this year, but I know I need to grow in this area too. I'm reminding myself that a relationship with the Lord will be "caught" more than "taught" and if I really want you to follow Him, I need to model a relationship with Him myself.
Eden, I have two more years with you before sending you off to school. I'm praying that I remember to cherish each day for what it's worth. The years pass so quickly and this time is so valuable. You are at such a precious, impressionable age, and I want so badly to give you a solid foundation of love and faith that will serve you well all the days of your life.
I love you so much, Eden. You are more than your daddy and I could ever have dreamed or prayed for!
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Eph. 3:20
Love, Mommy & Daddy