I am both honored and so excited to announce that I will be participating in a special blog circle called Letters to Our Children, along with several other incredibly talented photographers. Each month I will write a letter to my beautiful daughter, as I attempt to capture her personality and spirit, while documenting this special and fleeting time of her life. As time seems to perpetually increase in its speed, I strive to find a way to articulate just how much I love her, and to hopefully make time pause, even if just for a few moments, during these moments of reflection on my sweet girl.
My Dear Bella,
On Easter Sunday in 2009, you made your dramatic entrance into this world. As we celebrate Easter this year, and as we rapidly approach your fourth birthday, I can’t help but want to turn back time and relive the past 4 years of our lives with you. I want to soak up every last minute that I have with you as a three-year-old, before you turn into my four-year-old, which seems so much older than I am prepared for you to be!
My pixie girl, you are just a little sprite. When your grandma and I take you shoe shopping, we still visit the infant shoe sizes. Your recently-turned two-year-old cousin has almost caught up to you in height, and your daddy and I joke that you will be in your car seat until you start junior high at the rate that you are growing. At preschool, you seem so tiny compared to your friends. And yet, your spirit and personality is bigger than life. Spirited and dramatic, your presence is always felt in a room, and yet your kind gentle heart is a reminder to just how sweet you are. This quote by Shakespeare seems to sum you up so well – “And though she be but little, she is fierce.”
My sweet girl, even with a flare for the dramatic, you are such a gentle soul. Cautious and careful, you are meticulous in the way that you do things. I can see you pause, as you think and plan always before you act. I always joke with your daddy that I married the most responsible man on the planet, and my darling girl, you are definitely your daddy’s daughter. Never do I worry about you leaping off of something too high, or running into the street without holding my hand. You, my thoughtful one, are always thinking and planning ahead. You and your Auntie Jenn will surely team up to plan our Disney trips at least 2 years in advance, and I have no doubt that every detail will be meticulous and organized. As it stands now, even at age 3, you like to have our day planned out in advance. You don’t like it when I don’t know where we are going next, and my Bella, you never fail to ask me what the next step will be.
You aren’t always so serious though. You love to be silly, and you love to laugh. There isn’t a day that goes by that you don’t make your daddy and I laugh along with you. As you get older, it is so clear that you are developing your daddy’s sense of humor. You love to joke and make everyone around you smile. And your giggles are infectious. It’s impossible to not start giggling when you start. You are my little goofball, and nothing can brighten my day more than seeing your big smile stretch across your face.
This picture makes me laugh. My silly girl – you started dancing and laughing mid-pose. Your hand flew up, and your smile was bright. It may not win me any photography awards, but that big smile in the midst of being so silly is just so you. And therefore, this picture makes my heart so very happy.
So excited to be older, you are adamant that you are a big girl, and you are not a baby. And this is true. With you turning 4, you are now a beautiful little girl, and you are no longer a baby. However, no matter how old you are, you will always, always be my baby.
It amazes me that in a couple of short weeks, you will be 4. I do not know how that is possible. And although I may be a little sad that you will no longer be 3, I cannot wait to see what fun and joy you will bring when you are 4. You are my light, my sun shine. Thank you for filling my life with more love and wonder than I ever knew was possible. I love you, my sweet girl.
Next in our circle is the lovely and talented Holly Strebel of Holly Strebel Photography. Please click on the link and head over to her blog to read her sweet letter to her little ones.