Today you are five. Five years ago, early in the morning, I held your tiny body in my arms for the first time. For five full years you have been making us smile, laugh, and so filled with joy!
My prayer for you is that I show you patience and grace as The Lord has shown me patience and grace. I pray that I teach you the ways of The Lord and that your life will be a testament to His love and mercy. I pray that in everything that you do, you will glorify Him. If you follow The Lord and make Him Lord of your life, then all my prayers will have been answered.
The Lord has given you many gifts and skills, Aubi Roo. You are so intelligent and advanced for your age. We’ve been working through a kindergarten math book and you are just breezing through it like its nothing. You are bold, determined, and spunky. You can be quite headstrong at times, but I know that these characteristics of yours are that of a leader and you will do great things in your lifetime.
I love who you are and the person who you are becoming. I love that I get to be involved in that process and I promise that I will provide you with all the tools available to be the very best YOU that you can be.
You have grown astronomically over the past year. I have seen you grow in generosity, thoughtfulness, and empathy. You are a loving sister and are always looking for ways to take care of your younger brothers and ways to love your older sister. Your daddy and I are so blessed to have you as our daughter. You always keep us laughing with your quick wit and you always keep our hearts warm with your cuddles and hugs.
Tomorrow we will be celebrating you with a bbq and a party. Elli had a TMNT birthday party already this year so you’ve asked for a Raphael party to differentiate yourself from her. Very clever. We have been making the decorations today and will be making the cake soon. And tomorrow you are getting your ears pierced! You do NOT have a high pain tolerance so it will probably be interesting. I’ve told you that it will hurt a bit, but you are showing off that boldness of yours and are determined to go through with it.
Happy Fifth Birthday, Aubrey Rae! We love you so very much!