Just after winter solstice eight years ago, a bright and shining light was born into this world. You, our sweet Phoebe girl. Our horse crazy girl. Vivacious, energetic to no end, singing and talking and dancing all the day long. We knew we would love our little baby girl but we had no idea how everything would change the moment we laid eyes on you. You came so quickly I was still in shock when I was staring into your dark eyes and wrinkly forehead. Were you really here? Were you really real? You stole our hearts then and you still have them now. It’s not easy being first, being the oldest, but I can’t think of someone more well-suited for the task. You are a leader if ever there was one, never shy or unfriendly. You are brave and bold, my girl, facing your own set of challenges with a cheerful spirit.
Eight years old feels grown up in ways that make my momma heart ache a bit raw. Normally on your birthdays you are up before the sun and can’t wait to open all of your presents at once. You have grown up this year, I suppose, and instead you spread the opening all throughout the day even until just before bed. You received a horse for your Kaya doll that we found at our favorite consignment store as well as a barn and corral for your other horses. You and I have so enjoyed the Misty of Chincoteague book series so we gifted you this Album of Horses book by the same author. Your birthday sweater was still damp on the blocking boards but you couldn’t wait to wear it and your sparkly purple skirt as well. You have worn your sweater literally every day since your birthday and truly you are the most knit worthy person I know! It’s a joy making things for you.
Your daddy and I are so very proud of you Phoebe, thankful to know you and humbled to raise you. We hope you grow this year in your love for God and for His Word, that you continue to seek Him and rest in His favor over you, His love that can’t be measured or lost. We hope its a year full of growth, adventure, learning, and laughing. Happy 8th birthday!
Ps. Phoebe’s cake is the Chocolate Layer Cake made from the Paleo Kids Cookbook (highly recommend if you’re looking for ways to recreate children’s favorite foods and snacks) and I found organic and naturally dyed sprinkles from our local food co-op (very pricey though!). My children haven’t really ever had sprinkles on anything so they were so enamored and excited, which made the cost worthwhile. The cake seemed like it was going to be a big flop and it wasn’t pretty but it was delicious!
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