After many, many long hours, she was in my arms. As I held her in those first seconds of her leaving my womb, she gazed at me as if she too had been waiting to see my face.
And now my beautiful little girl is three years old! She is such a gift and such a blessing to our family. I love seeing her sweet, gentle spirit and watching how her character is developing. And of course she never fails to amaze us with her humor and her quick mind!:)
When I asked her what she would like for her birthday day, Aneliese said that she wanted pink cake like Farmer Brown’s birthday and ice cream.
We still wanted to get her a small gift and since she loves games, we bought her a handmade wooden memory game.
A few weeks ago Aneliese asked if she could pick out some material for a skirt for both her and Cecily so that they could match. I finally got it made just in time for her birthday so she was happy.
We had some delightful friends over for a birthday supper of burgers, mung bean “buns”, balsamic orange beets, and grilled potatoes/carrots.
Aneliese was super pleased with her Pink Cake (frosted with beet juice dyed, honey sweetened whip cream frosting) and Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream, although when she first realized that I was making the long awaited ice cream rather than buying it from the store, she burst into tears. One taste and seeing it in an old ice cream container brought the sunshine back again!
After starting off her day with a daddy/daughter ducky dip at 6:30 am, Aneliese quickly succumbed to sleep after stories and songs; her daddy did too!
One of our birthday traditions is becoming to share a gift with someone else on our birthday. And so this year Aneliese invited (okay I did the inviting:) three of her little friends (& mommies) for a tea party at “Miss Karen’s”. They were all so very sweet and we had a delightful time.
And now after counting down the sleeps and talking about how she will be the same age as her little friend Levi, Aneliese Marie officially is a three year old. I loved making the day special for her while still trying not to go overboard with things. I don’t think that birthdays need to be about presents or big fancy parties (which is why I went back and forth on the tea party), and I don’t really want to send kids home with a sugar high, and yet I really want my kids to know that we celebrate them and that we are so blessed by their birth and life. And so my precious girl, Happy Birthday!
I think you did a wonderful job celebrating your sweet girl. She’s blessed to have such a thoughtful mama. Happy Birthday Aneliese!
I enjoy reading your stories Missy but this one especially I find beautiful, I love the way it started. Your pictures are wonderful as well. I sure hope your move is everything you’ve dreamed of, you deserve it. I’m thankful for Facebook so that I can see your updates. 🙂
Thank you Jen! If you ever want to take a vacation in NS, we would love to have you. And I just saw your new profile picture and your kids are getting so grown up!
So sweet. Happy birthday, Aneliese!!