On Being Five

November 15, 2014

Dear Bella,

Today you are five. You have waited so long for this day, when you woke up with me this morning at 4am (Mama has jet lag) I whispered, “Happy Birthday!” and you said, “But the sun’s not out yet!”

You are so full of life and sass. We love you, and you are proving to be quite the challenge to figure out. This year hasn’t been easy on any of us, but you’ve been the one consistent highlight.


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I love all your little realizations about life. You chatter on and your slip up and mispronunciations are becoming less and less, but Daddy and I still have a good laugh over some. You were convinced yesterday was your birthday, and the tears when I said it was today. You think of Charlie as a little brother; yelling at him not to look at you with his eyes, sobbing when he steals a toy and runs around the house, calling him to come play with you outside. Jynx adores you, and curls up on your bed each night, usually around your head.

You have a little hamster – Thomas – that you take care of. You call him “Little Fat Fuzzems” and he’s spent many an hour in your dollhouse.

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We finished the Jesus Storybook Bible this fall and you loved it. Each night you’d beg me to read another story before bed. I had no idea the Bible could hold so much fascination for children.

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You’ve played soccer and are in Girl Scouts as a Daisy. You love the water – and you can swim like a little fish. You spend hours in your homeschool room creating dragons and dinosaurs out of paper. I take you to a little school on post a few times a week so I can work and run errands, and you love your friends and teacher.

Land of Nod Homeschool Room

We went to California this summer and you played at the beach for hours. It was your great-grandma’s 90th birthday and you were severely disappointed she didn’t get balloons and a cake.

I’m watching you become an independent little person and my heart simultaneously rejoices and aches. I wonder what the future holds for all of us, and hope it holds off on heartache for a while. Your presence makes our life so worthwhile. I hope that you grow seeing our lives dedicated to the Jesus you are just now learning to love, and your heart wants to live that way too.

Bella with Ampie Alyson


Daddy and Mama

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  • NJ Rongner (@acookieb4dinner)

    November 17, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Happy birthday Bella! May your year of five be filled with discovery and wonder!

  • Jennifer @ Also Known As…the Wife

    November 15, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Happy birthday, Bella!

  • Maria Keil

    November 15, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Happy Birthday Bella!

  • Sherri Kuhn

    November 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!

  • Tracy Beck Dallison

    November 15, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday Big Girl!!

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