Monday, June 23, 2014


It can not be three years since I struggled with the stress of a high-risk pregnancy; with hypertension and the fear of pre-eclampsia. It can not be three years since she arrived in the midst of fear, confusion, and overwhelming pain. (I handled this pregnancy and labour/delivery much harder than the others. It was just different all around.)  But here she is, and she is definitely three!

Oh, dear Eden.  Your name means  Delight or Pleasure. And in a lot of ways, you have fulfilled that. You are such a strong girl, so full of personality.

These are the top three things I love about you:

Your Determination.  You will do something, no matter what, if it is something that you want to do. You work hard at it and you don't give up easily. I love that spunk in you, and that attitude to keep working and  fighting through something. Don't lose that!

Your Independence.  This also goes with your determination. You love being in control of the situation and you will exert your independent nature. You don't wait for anyone to validate you; you are going to do what you want even if no one else agrees! This is great when it comes to being your own person. I love that you are strong and have the personality that makes you want to get out there and do your own thing. Don't let anyone take that from you!

 Your fun-loving spirit.  Some would call you a Little Spitfire, a Firecracker, maybe a bit Stubborn, and very much Spirited, and they would all be right! But you are such a bright girl and so full of imagination, and brimming with laughter and girliness and cuddles and sweet gestures and bounciness and silliness and song singing and squeezy hugs and helpfulness and so much goodness. I love it that your happiness spills out in so many ways. You love to sing and dance and give hugs and giggle and really, what else could be better than that?

Okay, so those first two are questionable. After all, did we mention that you are only Three?  These personality traits seem to work great for Beyonce, but sometimes they are combative and non-bending and frustrating in a toddler! However, as much as they are a complete struggle for your father and I to work with, these also remain things that I love about you.  They will be an asset one day, even if they can seem to be something of a burden now (you are always fighting someone or something for your 'rights').

You can easily be a handful and then just as quick be a complete sweetheart. You are definitely a Pleasure and Delight to our family!  I am so happy that you are now three. What a fun year this will be for you! God has given you such a wonderful personality and I am excited to see how it unfolds as you grow! And, in the words of Bob and Larry, "God made you special and He loves you very much!"


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