I often watch you while you sleep and marvel at how my tiny newborn has became a little girl, all gangly arms and legs that hint of the promise yet to come. I struggle to believe that 5 years have gone by since you birth as it feels like just yesterday you were placed in my arms for the very first time.
This past year was one of many changes for you. First, you started tumbling classes – and learned that sometimes skills don’t come easily. You go each week with a singular goal in mind – to do a cartwheel. And while it hasn’t happened yet, you tell me that you are getting better – and you haven’t given up. I hope you always have that can do attitude.
You also became a big sister this past year. In the weeks before Emaleigh’s birth, I worried – worried that you would be jealous, worried you would feel replaced, worried that my heart wouldn’t have enough love for both of you. Joycie, Mama was silly to worry so much. The first time you saw Emaleigh there was such awe and wonder in your eyes, and so much love. Every morning you want to snuggle and kiss her. No hints of jealous to be found. You are secure in who you are, in your role in our family, and the very best biggest sister Emaleigh could have.
You adore playing outside on the playground, dancing, watching Wonder Pets, and snuggling on the couch with us. You have an extensive imagination, and are always curious about the world around you.
Joycie, the past 5 years have been a whirlwind of adventure thanks to your sassy, spunky personality. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
We love you!
~Mama & Daddy