Your first year has been a whirlwind. I guess that happens when you have a busy 3 year old brother. You have spent most of your days on my hip. I am not complaining.
You love animals, stuffed toys, and your brother's toys. Since you started crawling, (9-10 months) you will make your way into his room if you hear him playing. You want to do exactly what he is doing. You will scream and make a fuss if he takes a toy from you, but since you are learning from him, I have seen you snatch your fair share of toys out of little hands.
You love to play pat a cake and sing "Wheels on the Bus." You will spin your little hands, and I have even heard you say round and round. You give kisses and high fives, blow kisses, wave, growl, and clap your hands. You can say Mama, Dada, and bye bye. You just started mumbling something that sounds like, "What is that?" when you point to something. You are standing on your own, but crawling is your means of travel.
You also love to watch cartoons. Your brother never watched TV until recently, so I soak in the few moments with you both sitting still in front of Curious George.
Since day one, you have never liked to be left in the church nursery. You don't give up either. If you decide to scream, you are going to scream. There is no stopping it. Needless to say, we have missed our fair share of church services due to sitting in the nursery with you. The same goes for bedtime. If you aren't ready, you aren't going down. You will cry for hours. No joke. Babywise needs to make a special Clara edition.
Your favorite spot in our house is under the table. You will crawl under it and wait patiently for someone to notice. As soon as we spot you, you get the biggest grin on your face. You have the kind of grin that makes everyone smile, even your big brother.
Clara, I love you so much. You and your big brother have split my heart wide open. It is a deep, sweet love, but it is a scary love too. My heart is and will always be with you. We pray each day that you will know and understand God's love early. We pray that you will be woman of wisdom. Whether you become a mom one day or invest your life somewhere else, we pray for the spiritual legacy you leave behind. This is why we gave you Russian nesting dolls today. While I can't wait to sit in the floor and play with them with you, they symbolize more. Our desire if for you to invest in others. Love people, help them, and share the love of Christ with them.
” (Ann Voskamp)
When we pray for you, we pray for those that come after you. By investing in you, we are also investing in the generations to come. What a beautiful picture!
You are special, dear one. Happy 1st Birthday.