Happy 7th Birthday Sunshine!

Mar 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Sweet Sunshine!!

Seven years old today! I am not quite sure how this is possible, since I still feel 18 at heart, but somehow, here we are. I am 29 and you are 7!! We have come a long way since that day, 7 years ago, when I was just 22 years old, a baby myself, and you were placed in my arms for the first time. Your birth followed a glorious Arizona sunrise and the nurses immediately nicknamed you Sunshine. That is exactly what you have been, not only in our lives, but in the lives of all you've come in contact with. Our lives changed forever that day, in the best way possible, and it has only gotten better since.

This past year has been a big one for you... I can't quite put it in to words, but right before our eyes, you have blossomed. You've gone from a little child to a girl. Gone is the squishiness and the round face of your toddler years. You've gotten tall and lean and quite honestly, it's taken you some time to get use to the new feel of your body. I still laugh when I think of the time just a few months ago when you looked at me in exasperation and told me you wanted to be a baby again, so you could crawl because you were tired of tripping over your own feet. You have since gotten use to the new you and you have become a fast runner, an excellent bicycle rider and a wonderful swimmer. All that growing is paying off!

You are just as sensitive as ever... always knowing the right things to say, or not say, to comfort those in need of comfort. Your hugs make everything in the world right again and it takes my breath away when your eyes well with tears of sadness because someone you know is hurting or out of worry or concern. You are a great friend to those around you and I am especially proud of the way I have witnessed you avoid situations where others are speaking unkindly. I have yet to hear you say an unkind thing about anyone you know and that is a trait I hope you hang on to for the rest of your life.

We are so proud of how hard you are working in school this year as a first grader. Things started out a little rough, especially in regards to reading, but you were determined to figure it out and you  have become an excellent reader. We rarely see you without a book in hand. We are especially amazed at your ability to read and understand the scriptures, in particular, The Book of Mormon. Your love for the gospel has continued to grow in the past year. Your testimony is strong and the light of Christ shines in you. You have no fear when it comes to sharing what you believe and your example helped bring our wonderful neighbors into the gospel. I hope you remember the experience of helping Bill and Diane learn about the gospel for the rest of your life. You are such a great missionary.

Thank you for being such a blessing in our home, for being such a kind and loving big sister, for your eagerness (usually!) to help around the house and your desire to help each of us be better people. We are beyond blessed to call you ours and we thank our Heavenly Father every day for the privilege of being your parents.

We love you, our sweet Sunshine and hope you have a wonderful year of being 7!
Love always,
Mommy & Daddy

1 comment:

  1. I cannot believe she is 7. Didn't you just tell me that you were expecting your first? Ha. Sheesh! The time has flown!

    Love you sunshine!


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