her "Gr8" day

In the blink of an eye (okay, okay, it was actually five years, but it feels like a blink) our beautiful birthday girl went from a "me focused" toddler with chubby little hands,

the eyes haven't changed a bit though...
to an amazingly compassionate big girl with guitar playing fingers.

I sometimes catch my breath when I think about how we nearly missed the blessing of having Darcy Q in our lives.  We weren't planning on three kids, we weren't planning on three kids within a year of age, and we certainly weren't planning on a crash course in pediatric glaucoma, port wine stains, craniofacial  orthodontia, and Sturge Weber Syndrome.

But God...

As I watched her open her birthday present (a travel set for her Journey Girl doll, Kelsey) I reflected on how she is an amazing gift to our family...and how the layers continue to delight and surprise us with each passing stage.

Darcy hasn't found "her thing" just yet.  Not that she hasn't experimented.  She's taken ballet, tap, and guitar.  She's a solid swimmer, a fast biker/scooter rider and can hold her own on a mile run.  She enjoys art and has a pure singing voice.  But nothing has made her tick just yet.

well, nothing beyond putting together lego friends sets
(she and ky got a large set as a shared birthday gift)
That's okay though.  Part of the joy of being her mommy is watching her explore her options.  There's plenty of time, and I get a front row seat watching her build new skills as she tries her wings in many new endeavors.

Darcy Q,
You are one in a million.  When you get frustrated or irritated, you just don't have enough mean bones in your body to stay upset long.  Even your most grumpy face is replaced by a smile and forgiveness quickly.  And that smile?  Well it is pure sunshine.
At eight you have pretty much read all of the Rainbow Fairy Books (time for a new series), you are a prolific writer, and you excel in drawing pictures/coloring/writing poems and notes for those you love.  You enjoy building with Legos, walking Amber, and playing dolls with your sisters.  You are proud of your Chinese heritage, love to sing praise songs, and live out the commandment to love one another better than most other people I know.  While you do still often add an extra syllable to your older brother's name (Ca-lub-uh) you and your "twin" are as close as ever.
Thank you for loving me despite my imperfections.
You make me a better person and I love you with all my heart!
Forever and always,


Laurie said...

Beautiful post, Mama! She is one precious little girl!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Beautiful Darcy! Your precious face and smile light up this world! Hope you have a wonderful birthday. :)

God Bless,