Happy birthday to my little five year old! This is so clichè but, "I can't believe she's five!!!" I wrote a bit about first having her here. In many ways, I feel like my experience in parenting this beautiful, strong-willed child has been more of shaping and chiseling of my own character than anything else! I remember the intensity that she could command in a single situation, as a baby, and boy, was I in over my head! She is still just as intense, in certain moments especially, but it doesn't catch me by surprise anymore and we are working on giving her the skill and tools to use that for good.
My life completely changed when all of a sudden it was fused together to the life of this energetic bundle of joy, and yes, I am so very grateful! I am looking forward to getting to know my energetic bundle of joy over the years. To see her love for people and being with them, transform into the kind of love that is marked by humility and service. To witness her discover that she can use her focus, energy, and inquisitiveness to better the lives of those around her. What a privilege it is to be her mother.