I love so many things about you, Emeline. I'm not really sure where to start.
I love that you notice every little detail. You make me stop, often, and just soak in every little good and happy thing around me. Thank you for slowing me down.
I love how you love well. Girlfriend, everyone comments on how warm and welcoming you are. You make even the sad and loneliest people feel loved and appreciated. Whether it's through a warm smile, a sweet little hug, or a shy little wave. You love everyone. Sometimes, when you see a stranger who waves back at you, is kind, shares a smile, you'll profess loudly (in Walmart), "Mom, I LOVE HER!!!", at the time, it might feel slightly embarrassing, but I know your heart. It's good, so good.
I love how, unprompted, all throughout the day, you'll tell me how much you love me. How much you love your daddy, or how much you love Lucy as your sister. You stop, look at us in the eye, say it and mean it. You encourage with your words--the other day you patted my arm and said, "Mom, you are so special".
Oh you are such a silly and fun sister. I love that about you. You have truly made me one delighted momma to see you gladly accept Big Sister status and rock it out hardcore. You're amazing. Lucy is lucky.
I love how you can empathize with other people. You feel sad when others are sad. You radiate when others do. While I know this can be a challenging thing as you age, to feel others emotions, I pray that somehow you can use this as a gift to minister to people and help love them even better than you already do.
You are stylish and fashionable and girlllll you know how to pose. But yet, I love how much you also love soccer and playing baseball with your daddy, and digging in the garden with your ma. I love how you know you can do and be anything and I pray that you never lose the ability to see that you're truly capable of anything you put your mind to.
I love that you're persistant. While this can be completely and totally exhausting at times, I have to remind myself that in the future, this is a quality I never want you to lose. As a female in this world, persistance will get you far, and I'm proud of you for possessing such a quality. Sometimes in toddlerhood these gifts of stubbornness and persistance and drive can be misconstrued---but in the long run, I'm glad you have passion and fire in your bones.
someone remind me of this during the next tantrum ;)
I love how you've expanded my heart and caused me to dig deep into this motherhood thing. I love that you taught me that long, hard nights will pass. That in the morning, it will all be okay. I love that you taught me more about what the Father's love for us looks like. I love that you've changed my perspective on life, and my goals. I love that in you, I see Jesus. I see love. I love that I can call you mine...ours. You are such a treasure and having you as a daughter makes my heart swell with pride & joy.
Happy 3rd Birthday, Emeline Kay. YOU are a gift.