Well sweet little girl – tomorrow you will be 4 years old!!!! I am writing this tonight as church is in the morning. Who would have ever thought that the time could pass so quickly, yet again. It went by quickly enough with your momma. I knew I would love you but how would I ever have known that I could love you THIS MUCH. Seriously. Yet the minute you were born, it was there. This mad rush of emotion, the depth to which I would never have thought possible.
I think I realized how much I loved you the day I had to get my new phone. The thought that the picture on my phone may not be able to be transferred to my new phone was enough to bring me to tears. Literally. After all, I had the only picture of you taken soon after being born. Mommy & Daddy were to busy hugging & crying. The very thought of losing that picture crushed me. And yet, how silly to feel that way over a picture. But it wasn’t just any picture – it was a picture of you. Perfection. Knit together by the hands of our God inside of momma. And now you were here with us.
Sophia, you have brought us so much joy & laughter in these first four years. How you have made us feel loved, every time you see us. You have never ceased to amaze me. Like just this week – standing so proudly with the cherry from your game up your nostril with only a hint of the stem sticking out. I could have just died from the panic I felt in that instant. And then there was you, comforting me, telling me, “Don’t worry, Mimi, it is only a cherry.” Who would have thought that your sweet hands rubbing my face could comfort me? But they did.
I had always been told that there is nothing like being a grandparent. How true it is. So today, I thank God for the life He gave you. We celebrate you – in all of the uniqueness that He has given you. Know that you are one special little girl. Know that you are loved beyond words. Wildly.
But especially know that life has never been the same since March 4, 2008. And are we ever grateful for that.
Happy Fourth Birthday, Sophia!!!