Aug 10, 2010

A Mandie Moment

One of my favorite things about Mandie is that she knows what she wants. She is not one who has a hard time deciding what she likes, what she thinks is good, or which one is the best. It's great! Her opinion is strong. Occassionally, believe it or not, Mandie will feel quite strongly that something I have done, said, or enforced is not a good idea in her opinion. And, of course, she generally has no problem telling me all that is wrong with what I have done. I am grown, and I usually have confidence that I am making a good decision despite her remarks, but occasionally it will get to me when she is unhappy with me for long periods of time. But last night in the car, my little girl made my day and she didn't even know it.

Mandie: Matthew, what do you want to be when you grow up?
Matthew: I want to be a (some word no one could understand) duy. (duy means guy)
Mandie: I want to be a princess when I grow up.

Mandie: And then after I'm a princess I want to be a runner girl.

Mandie: And then after I'm a runner girl, I want to be a teacher.

Those words are precious to me. Although I was never a princess, I was once a runner girl, and now I am a teacher. It's good to know that even though she's displeased with me much of the time, Mandie looks up to me, she's proud of me, it's a great feeling!

I love you little girl!

Aug 8, 2010

Mandie's Birthday Blog

Mandie and Elli
Birthday Girl

Daddy and Matthew

Family Picture

Birthday Girl

Princess Cake
Oh Blog Land
I am so very behind on some major family blogging! I guess there's no time like the present to get those important moments on the blog!! This is a post dedicated to Mandie turning 4 years old on June 4, 2010. I can't believe it, but I love it! The older she gets, the more I love my sweet child! These are some pictures from her party. She wanted a swimming party with a princess cake . . . you got it girlie!
Mr. Mason
Dusty and Mason
Hayden
Brooklyn
Elli Jay
the Princess Cake
Mama
Emma Kate
Noah Paul
Matthew
The Birthday Girl!
opening presents
happy friends

To my Mandie,
You are such a special creation of the Lord. He was having such a fun day
when he made you, and I am so honored to be your mother. I simply can't explain the responsibility I feel towards you. To teach you what's right, to impress upon you the love the Lord has for you, to be an example for you, to provide fun experiences for you, to provide educational experiences for you, to provide a pleasant atmoshpere for you. Oh sweet girl, I love you so much. More than I think you will ever know! I know you can't understand it now, but truly everything I do for you is what I think is best for you in the long run. I hope you understand it someday, and I hope you are glad. Your Dad and I are so proud of you, and we just can't wait to see the person you continue to become! You are God's special treasure, created for Him, by Him. Your smile can brighten a room, your humore can bring a silly laugh to any situation. We love you and we are so glad that you are our child!

Love,
Your Mama!