A Full Hand; Happy 5th Birthday, Everly!

Everly turns 5! Happy Birthday!

๐—ข๐—ต, ๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—น๐˜†. โฃ
My Ever-flea. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโฃ
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Your start into this world was not ideal. โฃIt was opposite of your sisterโ€™s arrival and Daddy and I were filled with many emotions with such a chaotic experience. But just as you would continue to be into the next years, you were absolutely unscathed by any of it! Much like your Daddy, you stayed cool and calm, and all smiles. โฃ
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I really canโ€™t believe youโ€™re 5 today. โฃ
5 seems like such a short time; such a small number. Yet in many ways, ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜บ. โฃ

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Youโ€™ve known what you liked, and known quickly, for so long. BLUE. The color blue, for example, has always been YOUR color. It didnโ€™t matter how many pink bows or blankets I tried to throw at you. Blue, was going to win, every time. And not because you threw a fit or demanded. Your sheer confidence and excitement had me wanting all things blue, too. We all did, and still do, see blue, and immediately know โ€œthatโ€™s Everlyโ€. And then came unicorns. Oh, the unicorns. ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ„ Followed by your love of dates, that you beg for in oatmeal, every single morning. And how could I resist, when you exclaim, โ€œ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—นโ€™ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€โ€! Or, โ€œ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€-๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜†๐˜†๐˜†๐˜†๐˜†โ€! โฃ
Your sweet, endearing explanations for things… your guitar songs… the stories others canโ€™t even understand sometimes because youโ€™re so excited to say them that your brain is moving faster than that little mouth… it is all such a special part of who you are. You have your Dadโ€™s personality in many ways (you will go to bed first and rise first, opt for something that makes everyone happy to โ€œkeep the peaceโ€, and let just about anything roll off your back) but one thing I hope you continue to share with me, is your ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ of ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, and your heart for others. You love people so much, and I just know one day youโ€™ll somehow share your whit and wisdom, to better other peoplesโ€™ lives too. โฃ
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Youโ€™ve had a lot to live up to, always one tiny step โ€œbehindโ€ your sister, and I worried often that youโ€™d feel โ€œleft outโ€ or, be left out. But this year proved all my concerns to be silly. You have come right beside your sister in school, and even surpassed in some areas, and continue to show how much โ€œyouโ€™ve got thisโ€ while somehow making it look easy. โฃ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜, combined with such an โ€œold soulโ€ outlook on things, and I am grateful God chose me to be your Momma. โฃ
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๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ โ€œat homeโ€ while the country (and world) faces new territory. โฃPeople are panicked and fear-filled; the news looks grim and concerns climb. We know Godโ€™s purpose will prevail, and today, baby girl, in your honor, on YOUR day, we will be sure to live the way you remind us to everyday; taking the day as it comes just as the Lord called us to do. You wonโ€™t be mad or upset that your birthday isnโ€™t out somewhere or just like Abbyโ€™s, because you will make due with whatโ€™s in front of you and ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ท๐—ผ๐˜† ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ถ๐˜. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต. โฃ
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๐—œ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚, ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—น. โฃ
You said youโ€™d stay 4 forever, so 4, in my heart, Iโ€™ll remember. โฃ

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Hereโ€™s to you, ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, and the beautiful child you are! โฃCelebrating you are a “whole hand old” now! 

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๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐˜† ๐—•๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†, ๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ. ๐ŸŒน

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