Today you are six! That’s more than a handful (unless you’re counting in ASL) and you are more than a heart-full, (though more than a handful at times as well).
Your default setting is joy, with a
smile upon your face and a giggle that is quick to spill out. You love to take
in the world around you, wanting to learn and understand all that you encounter
from the book you just picked up to the refugee you pass on the street to how an
You are a learner. Your love of
reading and writing are matched by your mathematical mind and your quest for
scientific observations. You are becoming an independent reader, attempting any
book you pick up and happy to read to others. If you think it, you want to write
it down carrying a notebook with you often for just such occasions. You write
the grocery list and read it off to make sure all items are gotten. But it
doesn’t stop with words, numbers are a fun puzzle as well. You find patterns and
look for ways to expand what you discover. Counting, skip counting, ways to make
5 or 10 or 100 are all a natural part of how your brain works. You have learned
that scientists observe things (and then write those observations down) so you
explore the world to see what you can notice. With all of this happening in your
brain you also like to be the teacher and share what you have figured out with
those around you, being people or dolls or those I can’t see.
Your heart is big. Your compassion
for those around you can’t be missed. Not only do you want to help the child
that is sad feel better, you also want to share food and money with those you
see who don’t have what you have. You understand that we are blessed and that
there is a responsibility that comes with those blessings. I thank you for
helping me to pay more attention to this.
Your big heart shares hugs gleefully and when you are
happy or thankful you want to express those emotions with hugs and kisses. You
never want to miss an opportunity for a family hug or snuggle, especially if you
happen to notice Mommy and Daddy are hugging without you.
Not only is your heart big for others, but also for
God. Your sense of spirituality continues to grow and deepen, which is a wonder
to experience with you. It is a natural part of who you are and the weekly
chance to be amongst a body of believers is very important to you. The Bible is
one of your favorite books, wanting to read one story after another as we cycle
through it again and again. You sing and dance as an act of worship and share
your thanksgivings and concerns when you talk to God.
With all that head and heart stuff let’s not forget
your body. P.E. is your favorite class. You love to be active
and mastering the monkey bars is something you are very proud of this year. What
else keeps you moving? Scootering, skipping, dancing, body surfing, skating,
biking, swimming, and more!
On top of all of this you have a love for
adventure, (which is nearly necessary to be a part of our family!) You
are happy to go wandering through the neighborhood or to a new country. You ‘go
with the flow’ when needed and understand that adventures don’t always go as
planned (if they are planned at all) and that is part of the fun. You are ready
for the adventure of moving to Yanbu. (Speaking
of Yanbu, your Arabic continues to develop and correcing my pronunciation amuses
I would be remiss to not add that you are also very
willful and opinionated, which we hope will be a strength in
the long run. At this point it adds great challenges (for both you and us). You
keep us on our toes and force us to continue to refine our parenting skills.
Thankfully, as I stated at the beginning, your default setting is
I can’t wait to see what this year has in store as you
continue to grow. Happy six!