You've been anticipating this day for the last 8 months or so.
Asking, hoping, that this time when you asked me my answer would be "tomorrow" instead of weeks, months away.
But it finally came. And as you noted this evening at supper, "being 5 doesn't feel very different than 4."
Sorry to break it to you, Madeline, but the change doesn't happen overnight.
Just like you are not the same person you were when you turned 4 last year, you will not be the same a year from now.
The time seems to go so slowly for you right now. It feels like days last forever, years for an eternity.
But those days won't always creep by. Soon enough those days, years will fly by so quick it will leave you gaping. Wondering where it went.
That is where I am now. Looking at you. 5 years have already gone by.
Our youngest. Our baby.
You know what it is like to try to keep up with older siblings, putting up with the bossiness, dealing with getting second or third picks.
But you also know that you often get the spotlight. Your beyond-your-years humor and goofy antics often leave us laughing out loud.
You still love to cuddle. I cannot describe how happy that makes my mama-heart. I thought the cuddles would have disappeared by now, but thankfully you keep coming back for more.
You attack life with energy, joy, and song. And also a dance or two.
Your imagination makes my heart swell. You find castles, dragons, pirates, and princesses in the simplest of objects.
Your sensitive heart is quick to bring tears. But your forgiveness is quick to come as well.
We see glimpses of a heart for Jesus. We pray that it continues to grow. We are so glad you are a part of our family, Madeline. So glad that God let us borrow you, to raise you up to love God and serve Him.
Happy 5th Birthday, Madeline! We love you!