03 October, 2013

Ava Grace {4}

 September 28th...
that day my life changed forever.
This little girl revolutionized my world
and threw me into the arena called Parenting.

For all the wisdom I thought I possessed, 
she has proven me inadequate over and over again.
And for all those times, God has shown that He is the only true parent,
and I am just a vessel. 

 Through Ava, God has taught me about 
honesty, integrity, humor,
balance, silliness, structure,
holiness, strength, and honor.
 (One year)

Through her eyes the world is a different place,
and yet we are very similar.
She is strong-willed, opinionated, and almost desperate in her quest to make everyone else follow the rules.

 (Two years)

 She is learning right from wrong.
Her vocabulary stumps adults on occasion.
She loves to sing about Jesus.
Memory verses are getting stored away; her heart is tender toward God.

(Three Years)

Now, I am four years into this journey that no one warned me about.
No one told me the way my heart would break when her feelings got hurt,
or how much anxiety when she is unsure about a new task.
I had no idea the frustration she would cause, or the excitement she would take everywhere she goes.

She sings, tells stories, narrates adventures for her toys, dances, and loves to be crazy.
Her whole world is a place of twirling happiness...
it hurts when a harsher reality cracks her sphere of sunshine.

This girl has the potential to be anything she wants to be.
She can travel, explore, or stay and have her own family.

The future has endless potential for Ava.

Ultimately, in everything she does, our desire is that she have God first,
that she choose the Lord Jesus as her salvation.

May her true purpose be in Christ, 
and may that shine to others.

Love you forever, sweetheart.
I am so glad you are my daughter.

Ava's Birthday

 Happy Birthday!
Red streamers all around.

We surprised her with a parade (part of our local Oktemberfest).
 This included seeing one of her favorite friends, Allison, and making new friends in Allison's cousins.
 Oh, and there were Minions. That was probably their favorite part.

Then her favorite, Pizza Ranch, for lunch. She eats the chicken and not the pizza. But hey, it's the best chicken, no joke.

Then the blackboard picture:
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Food: Pizza Ranch Chicken
What I want to be when I grow up: A Woman (so she can eat gum)

The big gift this year: A new bike!
(She needs a lot of practice.)
 She isn't naturally adventurous, so it was a big deal to get on a big bike and pedal!

 Eventually, Scott just put the thing up on blocks so Ava could practice pedaling and not worry about crashing. Haha! She looks at her feet...so you see the safety risks...

Ava said it was the best birthday ever! 
She certainly is the most wonderful oldest child I ever could have had. 
Happy 4th Birthday, Miss Ava!