Lorelai, My sweet, sweet girl. You are six years old! I am so happy to see you becoming such an amazing little girl, but I'm also sad to see all of the baby in you become such a distant past. There's no denying it now - you are growing up!
I feel so blessed to have spent another year watching you grow up, and getting to be your Mommy. You warm my heart, and I can't imagine having any other girl except for you! You are spunky, talkative, kind hearted, silly, attention seeking, shy, questioning, loving, and strong-willed. You are a million different things all rolled into one. And you are perfect. You are exactly who God designed you to be - and there is absolutely no flaw in that. I want you to know that to the core of who you are. God has made no mistake in making you exactly like you are. You need to love every part of your personality because it was created just for you by a loving Savior.
One of my favorite things this year was watching you grow in your relationship with Cooper as his big sister. This hasn't been the easiest year for you. As Cooper has grown, gotten bigger, and started to develop his own little personality, you've had to try and figure out how that leaves the two of you together in this family. Some days you feel left out, and some days you dominate all of our thoughts and attention. It's a give and take that we're all still learning how to deal with. But one thing is for sure- you love your little brother so very much. And you are an amazing big sister to him. He adores you and will do absolutely anything you ask him to. I pray that you two always keep a close bond.
I am so proud of you and how well you have handled Kindergarten. It was a rough summer getting you prepared. You had high anxiety about it, and we all melted quite a few times. Now, you have conquered the first half of kindergarten with no issues and are blazing a trail through the second half. You love your teacher. You love your friends. You love learning. And I can see you becoming so much more independent. I am so proud of you.
I've thought a lot this last year about who you are and who you are becoming. I can see little glimpses of the women you will become already. You have a deep set love of animals. From furry to slimy (and everything in-between), you are interested in them all. I would love to see you develop this into a life-long career since I know it's something you love with all your heart.
One thing we have learned this year - you just aren't much for sports. You did stroke at swim last summer. You enjoyed it and loved being in the water, but you were not interested in perfecting your technique. You also did gymnastics for a year. You enjoyed it and loved going to class, but you were not interested in perfecting your technique. We're noticing a pattern. ;) We're leaving it all alone right now, and we'll start something when you let us know you're interested.
Sweet girl, I want you to know more than anything how much I love you. I am (and always will be) your biggest fan. I will always be behind you cheering you along. I truly believe that you can do anything. I want you to dream big and go after anything that you want to do. I'll be there with you every step of the way. I am so proud of you and the girl that you are. I love you, Mommy