My sweet Ava Grace,
You certainly know how to light up a room. In two short years, you have let your spunky personality shine. You love fiercely and get upset fiercely. Perhaps it has something to do with the firey red hair of yours. I love how some mornings or after naps you need a few minutes of snuggle time with me in the rocker. You pull that thumb and Mia’s ear up to your mouth and all is well as I sing to you. Music is your calm and music is your excitement. Often you tiptoe in circles around a room to the beat of a song and you already have picked up on tunes and words when you sing. Those dancing feet remind me so of when you were a baby and would twirl your feet in your infant carrier to a song.
At two, you love to be chased and to chase. It usually illicit giggles and tickles. Just last night it was hard to keep a straight face when you decided to “tickle, tickle” mommy during nighttime prayers. When it’s your turn to pray, you consistently thank God for apples and pumpkins as you fold your sweet little hands together.
You certainly have a sense of humor and oh a sense of adventure and mischievousness. One morning I walked in to get you up, and you had stripped down to your diaper and greeted me with “naked baby.” I am just glad the diaper stayed on. Well, at least that time it did. You are certainly my little monkey and instead of asking me to pick you up, you just say, “Mama monkey.” I can’t resist that.
I know this next year is going to be such a year of growth as you develop into a little girl. I pray that you will continually “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). My hope is that you will receive grace and extend it as God has so graciously given you to us.
Happy 2nd birthday my sweet girl. I love you to the moon and back and more.