Thursday, February 5, 2009

Emilie my sweetheart!

I stole this picture from Katy's blog since I still can't download anything.

Emilie had a birthday last week on Jan. 30th. She is now 8 years old. We had a combined family birthday party a week early to celebrate Emilie's and her cousin Sophia's birthday.Sophia turned 4 on Jan. 29th. On Emilie's actual birthday she, Grace, Tyler, Esther, and myself all went to the mall to get Emilie's ears pierced and have a girls night out. Then we came back to our house for a sleepover. The girls had a great time and so did I. It was easy to have fun with such sweet girls around. Esther continually asked me how she could help in many situations and Tyler was a funny, hilarious, giddy, chatter box. Grace loved being with the big girls and Emilie was skipping though the mall with contentment. It was just good old fashion fun!

Emilie at 8 years old amazes me. I am SO very proud of her. Emilie is wise beyond her years and continually blows me away with how quietly confident yet so very humble she is. Parents and kids at school have commented on how quiet Emilie is and they almost seem worried about her. I was too,at first. However, the more I ask, learn, and observe the more I have come to realize that Emilie speaks when there is a need and she is very thoughtful about what she says. I am thankful for that. She is not frazzled by little things people say or do. She most of the time just assumes the best and moves on. She prefers quiet over loud, which is why she doesn't run around all over the playground at recess most of the time. Her teacher was concerned that Emilie was feeling left out but as I questioned Emilie I found that she didn't feel left out at all. She actually preferred the quiet down time. I am thankful that she can determine her needs and take care of herself. She is not top in her class in every subject but I really don't care about that. I think as we grow, wisdom trumps knowledge anyway. Now we all have areas that are being molded and shaped and Emilie is no exception but, I kid you not, I watch and learn from this girl much of the time. Thank you Jesus for Em!

Favorite kid saying of the week
Tonight I was serving dinner from the stove and delivering the plates to each person one at a time. This is what tenderhearted Eli said....
"Mom, you are really nice. It's really nice that you serve everyone else first and you always get your food last."
Aaron confirmed and said he agreed.

Oh my goodness, did that make my heart smile or what! We mothers make a lot of sacrifices that don't get noticed but when they do, what a paycheck!


Lisa Joy said...

Awww...this is such a sweet post! Emilie will love looking back on this "letter from Mom" and knowing how much she's loved by her family.

I loved Eli's comment too--those compliments out of the blue are always the best. Just confirms that our children are always watching and learning from us! :-)

momaof4 said...

I love your kids. They are just like you and Aaron. you are doing an awesome job bringing them up. Such sweet little ones.


Heather Elizabeth said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMMY! She is a doll inside and out. And I am so glad for Eli's compliment. You TOTALLY deserve it. Keep it up :-)

Reshma McClintock said...

Your children are ABSOLUTELY precious and I adore them :) ...r...