Happy Birthday to my sweet baby girl, Elenora.
All decked out for school in her twirly dress with silver shoes. Looking so grownup. Today was a very big day and she knew she had to dress the part. She woke up knowing that today she was going to get her ears pierced. This, my friends, was a very big deal. A big deal for her and her daddy. This is something she has wanted for a very long time and in light of all that Lucy has been going through we thought this would be an extra special gift for a very deserving big sister. And let me add that she has absolutely earned this priveledge, too.
We started the day with a small little party in her classroom. Cupcakes, cheese puffs, lemondade...what more could a kid want?
I checked her out from school around lunch time and we headed out to my grandparents/parents house for lunch. But not just any old lunch. Each year our company hosts a dove hunt for our clients on the opening day of dove season. They shoot skeet, ride ATV's and Hydratreks, and stuff themselves silly on fried catfish, hushpuppies and onion rings. And since there have been all but no doves around for the past few years, its a good thing those men sure enjoy eating! Ella, Jack and I did, too.
|Jack had a good time until he fell face first onto the driveway. I think it hurt as bad as it looks. It broke my heart to see him cry like he did. Poor baby boy.|
After lunch Erik joined us and the 4 of us headed to Sweet and Sassy so that Ella could get her ears pierced. She was so excited she must have talked a mile a minute the whole way down there! My sister and Maddie met us there so that they could be a part of the big event. I promise Ella never even flinched a wink when they did her ears. I couldn't believe she didn't even grimace or anything!
After the ear piercing, she got a complimentary pampering since it was her birthday. I am so glad to report that it was free, because they kept offering all these things to her and I thought I was going to be broke when it was over! Hair up-do, glitter, manicure. She was beside herself! I honestly wouldn't have cared if I have to pay or not. To see her so happy in that moment was truly priceless. The whole experience was wonderful.
By the time Ella and I made it to the hospital around 4:30, Lucy was sound asleep. I mean a deep, deep sleep. She had, by current standards, had a wonderful day. She did PT, played, sat up and talked.
|Lucy in wagon with funny hat from my TTF Kristie Kopp, panda shoes, ipad, face mask and puke basin. Ready to go for a stroll around the hall.|
She had even made a necklace for Ella for her birthday with my Dad last night. I was so disappointed she was asleep because I know she wanted to see Ella and give her the gift she made. We tried everything we could to wake her up but she was out! When she finally moved from the couch to the bed I found the necklace curled up in her lap. She must have been holding it waiting to give it to Ella. I cried when I realized how sad she is going to be in the morning.
Even through that little situation, it was hard to be sad today. My beautiful baby girl turned 8 today and that was enough reason to celebrate. Here is a little for my sweet girl to read one day.
Dear Ella, when you read this one day I want you to try to understand something that is so hard for your mother to put into words. There is no way you could ever begin to fathom how much I love you. I love you with every single fiber in my body. My heart aches when I think about my love for you. I sinfully swell with pride when I think about all that you have become in the past 8 years and I await with the anticipation of a child on Christmas morning when I think about all you will become. You are a perfectly created wonder of God and I am so very honored to be your mommy. This past year has been so hard on us all. But you, my sweet girl, have proven to be one tough cookie! Your strength has been admirable and your attitude contagious. Your love for your sister and baby brother is so strong and you just light up when you are with them. You are a wonderful care taker and nurturer. I am amazed everyday at how deep your love for God is and I will continue to pray with a vengence that it will stay that way. At 8 years old, you have proven to be wise and mature beyond your years. I love you Ella and I am so very proud of the the little girl that you are.