Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Five years seems like a long time. But it's not. Not when you see time racing away from you in the form of a little girl growing up far too quickly. Right before our eyes, and in the blink of an eye. One day she was born, and the next day she is five years old. How does that happen?

She is one of a kind, precious and beautiful. She loves Jesus. She speaks her mind and she loves to snuggle. She is a determined little girl, who, at barely 2 years old decided she was done with pull ups and said, "I'm not wearing those anymore." In a day she was potty trained - she does most things with that same determination. Like the day she wanted to ride a bike - she just got on the bike and did it.

You'll go places, kid, because you are fearless, and you march to the beat of your own drum (or harmonica!) and you don't make decisions based on what others think of you. I like that about you. Don't ever change!

See this outfit? She picked it herself... and it totally works for her!

She is also kindhearted and sweet. But if you ever tell her that, she might just make a pirate face and say, "ARRRR!!" so, maybe keep that to yourself! But her heart shows through to her friends and when she is around little animals.

We can dress her up, but.... you know the rest! Even under fancy clothes, she will always be herself, just waiting to get home to change into something that better shows her personality.

She loves the colour blue.

In just a few short weeks, we get to share her with the school community... bitter-sweet, for sure. It means she's growing up too fast, but it also means she gets to explore her world and grow more into the person God created her to be.

Elise May, we love you and cherish you. Happy Birthday sweetheart!


dianeburns1998 said...

Loved to read about your dear daughter and it is scary how similar our daughters are...other than their favourite colour they are 2 peas in a pod! Enjoy her day:) Keara loves to dress up in girly things and then she goes out into the dirt and digs for bugs!

Grandma F. said...

I enjoyed your descriptions and pics of now 5yr. old Elise. She never keeps a person in the dark, but will tell you upfront what she wants or feels, etc. She is a tough cookie, can be pretty stubborn, yet can be very loving. She's a lot of fun, and I love her so!
Now that she'll be starting school, she'll soon know more than me!

Anonymous said...

You did a lovely job of describing Elise. I remember another little girl just like that ...hmmmm...g

Andrea Hildebrandt said...

What a lovely tribute to your sweet girl! It has been fun to watch Elise grow! I love her determination..reminds me of Abby!