On her birthday


Dear Jillian,

Today is the day that we celebrated your third birthday.  A day that you’ve excitedly exclaimed many times in the past few weeks (and even months) “now it’s my birthday?!?!?!”, sometimes several times throughout a day.  Today though was finally the day, and you were so super excited when I told you this was it.  Every time you were told “happy birthday” today you would reply “happy birthday!” unless I reminded you to say “thank you” instead.  It was adorable.

You have grown up so much, especially in the past 6 months.  From 2 1/2 to 3 seems to be such a period of going from baby-ish to kid-ish.  You  have always been ahead of things in language development so you’re always willing to chat someone’s ear off.  You are also super tall for your age, and most people would probably be surprised to find out that you only now just turned three.  You are willing to give most anything a go.  We have to keep an eye on you at the park as you just the other day climbed up the tall rock climbing wall unassisted.  You also can be full of mischief, and usually throw a daily dose of defiance our way, but hey, you were two.  That’s a thing of the past now, right?  😉

Everyday as I pray for you, I can’t help but be overwhelmed by the amount of joy that you bring to this family.  I thank God regularly for this joy he as blessed us with.  Not a day goes by when you don’t do something, say something, or simply smile in my direction that doesn’t just fill me up with joy.  You bring such a healthy dose of laughter into this family, and I am so grateful for it.

You are learning more and more the love that Jesus has for you, and you truly love him with such childlike innocent faith.  You have a passion for praying for other who are sick or hurt.  Your heart is fully into every prayer you pray in regards to the sick or hurt.  Your prayers are heard and answered by your Jesus, Jilly Mae.  My prayer is that you never forget this.  He loves to listen to you talk to him, and I love to listen to you talk to him too.

I’m sure that the journey to 4 is going to be filled with highs and lows.  I pray there are way more highs though.  You are beautiful Jillian.



One response »

  1. co-signed by dad. i love you jilly!!! you bring so much joy into our world. and mom’s right: your prayers touch the heart of jesus and have great impact. i love you!


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