Happy 2nd Birthday! It’s hard to believe that two years ago you were born into this world, and our lives haven’t been the same since. You have taught us (and continue to teach us) what it means to love someone more than we could possibly love ourselves. You remind us every day of God’s promise of goodness and everlasting love. After all, if we love you as much as we do–He must love us even more. Hard to imagine, but it is true.
This year was a big year for you! You learned to walk, and soon after you learned to run! And since then, you haven’t stopped! You were nicknamed “Go, Go, Rachel” and it has seemed to fit you well ever since. We have gone to Art Classes, StoryTime at the Library, and Gymnastics. You found a new love for the sand and the ocean and all things “beach.” You started going to school once a week and have made lots of new friends already! You love going to the pool and playing with your cousins. But most importantly, this year you became a sister! You, my little love, are an amazing sister! The way you love on little Jake and try to help me take care of him is just beautiful.
Already you have shown that your heart is full of love. You greet others with a smile and are quick to give hugs to anyone who needs one. You make friends every where we go–from the cheese man at the grocery store deli or the lady beside us at a restaurant–you make people feel loved and happy.
You love to read and are just starting to make up your own stories to the pictures of your familiar books. You love to dance and have the cutest little waddle move when your favorite songs come on. You insist on sleeping with just about every stuffed animal you own in your crib. Do you prefer chicken or beef? The answer is most definitely neither. Strawberries, grapes, applesauce and noodles would make the perfect lunch in your eyes. Your butterfly wings are a staple in your daily wardrobe. If your rain boots were the only pair of shoes you owned, I’m quite certain you would not mind at all.
You are the embodiment of the person I would like to be–vibrant, exciting, loving, forgiving, compassionate and kind. You are a thinker and a problem solver. You are determined to figure out puzzles, games, and the world around you. You admire the little things. Looking for the moon each night before bed, listening to the sound of a train go by or watching a bird fly in the sky or a squirrel climb up a tree…these are all ways that you enjoy the the world around you, and at the same time you are reminding me to do the same. You give “kissies” without hesitation and say “I weave you” just as quickly (I love you too, sweet girl!). If something makes you happy, you let us know it. If something makes you sad, you let us know that too. You love everyone, and judge no one. Maybe we should all be like that….
Rachel, I love you and I am amazed by you every day. Thank you for all that you are and for making me a better person. The world is a better place because you are in it.
I love you to the moon and back,