Please excuse me while I get all sentimental about my baby girl's birthday. Today marks her--and my own!--8th year of smiles, giggles, snuggles, learning, questioning, being stretched, crying, encouraging, praising, disciplining, and always--ALWAYS praying.
Sweet Sara Beth has been an answer to our prayers. Another baby girl to complete our little family of 4. She is the one who introduced that sweet-as-honey word into our family: Sister.
She has stretched me as a mother in ways I never imagined. She has made me stronger, and yet more sensitive, and daily keeps me on my toes to be consistent, fair, and with encyclopedic knowledge to answer hundreds of questions. She has also taught me the important lesson that some battles are not mine to win. Sometimes, they are not battles at all--rather opportunities for her to stretch her independence, identity, and strength of will.
And she has taught me about love. It's so easy to love my cuddly, snuggly baby girl! Our little gift-giver is always watching and listening...for ways to surprise us (folding clothes on our bed when she should be in her own bed, asleep!)...and to pamper us (with spa treatments and back rubs!)...and just always looking for ways to show her overflowing love.
Do you have any fun Sara Beth stories or memories to add? I'd love for her to read these some day!! Thanks!!! *smile*