Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Grace is 8!


This "little girl" turned 8 in July. Can't believe it. 8 years ago we held her in our arms rocking her to sleep. She depended on us for everything in her life then. Now, she's growing like a weed, has the longest (and tannest) legs imaginable, a bright brilliant personality, and practically can self-function without us (or so she wishes! :)).

She's grown into a beautiful young lady who we are so very proud of. She's funny. Full of life. Spunky. Sassy. Independent. Still snuggles us at night. She's an athlete. A dancer. A reader. A source of happiness for many. She's driven. She wants to be in the middle of everything. All of those things I just adore about her. She's ours. 

We spent her birthday in the Black Hills. We had a cabin out there and were Gator riding (more on that later). She was lucky to have all four of her grandparents out at the cabin for dinner one night. We sang birthday wishes, laughed, visited, and rolled our eyes - yes that happens a lot being a parent of an 8 year old girl, and it goes both ways!

Later we celebrated her birthday with her great-grandparents in Onida with dinner and horsing around the house. She received so many phone calls from aunts, family, and friends. She received loads of birthday cards in the mail and was just delighted with her birthday. The morning of her birthday we were awoken by a call from her birthday buddy and friend Nick. It was early in the morning as he was heading out to golf for his 9th birthday. I love that relationship, and I full anticipate them calling each other or seeing each other every birthday for the rest of their lives. 

Enjoy being 8 beautiful girl. I hope your day was as magical as you are to us!



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