Wednesday, July 21, 2010

That's a Whole Hand!

I was awakened bright and early this morning by a little voice in my ear that said, "Guess who's five today?"  I opened my eyes and there Mary Carolyne stood, so proud and so excited that her fifth birthday had finally come.  She has been looking forward to this day for quite some time.  Turning five is a huge deal for her because, in her words, "That's a whole hand!!"

All day long, I've been thinking back over the last five years with her.  I remember going into the hospital to have her and holding her the moment she was born.  I remember hearing her first cry and crying uncontrollably myself at hearing that sweet sound.  I remember Ryan being so taken with Mary Carolyne that I hardly remember him putting her down in the first few days.  I think the reason their bond is still so strong is because he refused to put her down during that time :) 

Mary Carolyne has grown into probably our most unique child.  She definitely marches to the beat of a different drum.  She says the most embarrassing  unpredictable things!  She can make us laugh so hard at her witty observations of "her" world. She has mastered the art of using her sense of humor to stand out from her sisters!  Mary Carolyne's imagination is, at the very least, wild.  It's amazing to see her channel that imagination into her drawings. She is very detailed, very observant.  She sees past what is at surface level and sees the "unseen". 

Everyday, I am reminded what a blessing this sweet child has been to our family.  I love that every night she thanks God for her family, her "pretty pink house", and asks God to "put the devil on a fire cloud with storms all around it".  Mary Carolyne is already her own person at five years old and I can't wait to see what else she has in store for us. 

Happy birthday, sweet Mary Carolyne :)


Sunny said...

She is so sweet. I love that prayer about "putting the devil out on a fire cloud". That's awesome! I remember her being in the baby class that I taught on Wednesday nights. I cannot believe that she is already 5!!! Happy 5th Birthday Mary Carolyne!

brooke said...

Happy Birthday Mary Carolyne! She is just the cutest little thing! Well...ALL of your kiddos are.


Happy Birthday, big girl! It's hard to believe that she is already "a whole hand" old! :) She is so sweet!

Stacy said...

Happy Birthday Mary Carolyne! She is so, so funny. I love to just listen to her tell her stories. Tell her she needs to come visit "aunt stacy" soon!

Jane said...

I love that. A whole hand! How fun! I love your description of her too. She sounds like so much fun.