It's hard to believe that our precious daughter has turned eight. Eight seems like such a big age ~ the next stage in growing up. I'll admit that her excitement at getting older was only tampered (in my head) by my disbelief that our little girl could possibly be this age & be leaving those 'little girl' stages far behind (wasn't it yesterday that she was a bubbling 4 year old??)!
|Enjoying her ballerina calender ~thanks Aunty EJ!|
I remember when I found out I was pregnant with her. I'd thought we'd wait for a 2 year gap, so you can imagine my surprise to find out I was pregnant again when Zai was only 10 months old. For a young mother who was adjusting to motherhood, to find out I was going to have another baby filled me with wonder, but also trepidation. I was so worried that I wouldn't be able to handle 2 babies so close in age ( yes, I think God was preparing me for our twins). I was also worried that the complete & total love I felt for my little Zai wouldn't be able to be shared. Even though I'd grown up in a big family & had adored each of my little sisters, I still didn't realise that a mothers' love is truly multiplied with each addition. My Mum tried to tell me that it would be alright, but I carried this fear right into delivery ( 16 days after her due date). It was only once I saw my beautiful, big (8lb10oz is big for our family) girl (who looked just like a 'little Renata' & still does) that I knew I loved her just as much as I loved her brother! Mother love is so amazing!
|A very dodgy 'tea party' cake ~ but she still liked it!|
So little Ellie joined our quickly growing family & right from the start she & Zai were the very best of friends. It has been so wonderful watching this friendship grow & develop over the past 8 years. What a precious pair they are! She adored her twin brothers when they came 2 years later & is such a wonderful big sister to them (at the moment she is sitting reading them a story) . She organises them & looks after them (& I can imagine this will continue) ~ they just love her so much!
|Happy Birthday beautiful girl!|
Now our Ellie is not so little ( although still quite small for her age), but she is still very sweet. In fact as she gets older she is just growing sweeter ~ you can see the love of the Lord shining in her life! She loves pretty, girly things of which I am so thankful :), but she is also able to keep up with her brothers. She is growing more helpful as she gets older & can now cook a cake independently & is definitely a big help around the house (it's worth those years of training your little ones :)! Now she is eight she is learning to drive here on the farm & she just loves learning this newest skill ( Daddy does all the driving lessons (smile)).
I am so glad God decided to give us this daughter in His timing. What a blessing she has been & will continue to be in our lives!
Happy Birthday Miss Ellie!