Today, you turn eleven. Sometimes I feel like saying, "Only 11?" because you act like you are older than me most of the time. I was the same way growing up so I get it. Baby- let me tell you something... RELAX!
You've had a huge year. You finished fourth grade and you kept your all A's streak alive. You started 5th grade. Love, I think that was the biggest challenge you've ever faced. It's really hard when you are a little shy to start a new school year. It really overwhelmed you (and you've spent the better part of the school year with no eyelashes or brows to prove it!) BUT- you kept doing it (despite BEGGING me to homeschool you) and now you LOVE your 5th grade class. Not only are you loving it, but I heard through the grapevine that you are busting out of your shell at school and even did a grand pageant wave when you got called up during an assembly last week. WHAT? My kiddo who tries to blend into the wall waved? It's like I don't even know who you are anymore!?!?!
Not a fan of those standardized tests- but you brought home a lot of hardware for your scores.
You went to summer camp this year and learned how to ride horses. You love horses like, well, like a preteen girl loves horses. You've got that cliche down pat. You got beside yourself excited when the neighbors moved some horses to the field next door.
Lovie, two of my favorite things happened this year. One- you got a later bedtime than all the other kids. That one hour of the day where daddy and I get you all to ourselves is the best thing ever. We talk, we snuggle, you tell us all about the happenings at school. I soak it in because I know that in the not too distant future, you might want to just be in your room all alone without us. On Tuesday nights, we watch 19 Kids and Counting together in my bed- just us girls. You gush over how nice the siblings are to one another and I provide the cautionary dialogue about how one shouldn't kiss too many boys but waiting for one's wedding day is a bit extreme and how permed hair deserves no place in modern society. You just giggle at me because kissing boys and perming hair isn't on your radar but I'm glad for ways to get in these conversations now. You are just so much fun to hang out with.
The other favorite thing this year was that we did a mother/daughter Bible study with a group of my nearest and dearest and their lovely girls. Each session morphed into the moms talking to you girls about grown up girl friendships and vulnerability and relationships and life. It was incredible to watch the whole thing unfold. More than anything, I think it was awesome for you girls to watch us grown up moms connecting in deep and meaningful ways- you'll need that later in life. You might go through a period in your life where you think you can do life on your own. I hope that you will look back and see how rewarding and life giving friendships are and remember that life is so much better with great people in it.
The Bible Study Gals
You donated your hair in the spring. You took about 9 inches off and totally rocked a bob for most of the year. Then you had to have a little conformity moment and dyed the tips of your hair bright red like all the rest of your friends. You got glasses and you look adorable in them. You wanted glasses so badly and I was sure that your repeated "I can't see" was less about your vision and more about fashion- but alas, you really couldn't see!
You have your best buddy, Lucy, in your class. I can't tell you how much I love watching this friendship of yours grow and change over the years. You guys met in preschool and it's darling to see you all remain besties year after year.
I learn so much from you. You love Jesus with all your heart and you talk to people about him all the time. You don't hold back. I pray that I would have even a fraction of your courage about sharing Jesus with people. You have the biggest heart of anyone I know. You are precious beyond measure and everyone who meets you just loves you.
Keep being awesome, darling. You are about to enter a strange time soon... middle school. Keep your good head on your shoulders and you will do amazing! It's such a pleasure to watch you light the world on fire! I'm so lucky to get to be your mom.
I love you so much,
**** The tradition in our home is for me to "interview" the kids each year on their birthday. You can see Sadie's other interviews by clicking on 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009.) I love watching how their answers change over the years but how the fundamental aspects of their personalities stay the same. ****
Me: If a genie would grant you only one wish, what would it be?
Sadie: This one is always my least favorite question! I guess it would be that I have a good year being 11.
Me: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Sadie: I wanna be either a nurse or an elementary school teacher or a chef.
Me: Do you want to get married when you grow up?
Sadie: Maybe. Probably. Yes.
Me: Do you want to have children?
Me: How many?
Sadie: No clue. Somewhere between one and Duggar size.
Me: Do you feel different now that you are eleven?
Sadie: Nope. I feel ten.
Me: What is your favorite color and why?
Sadie: Orange. Not like Effie's hair in the Hunger Games- orange like in the sunset.
Me: Who is your best friend and why do you like them?
Sadie: Noah is my best friend because we get along so well.
Me: What is your favorite TV show?
Sadie: 19 Kids and Counting
Me: What do you like most about school?
Me: What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Sadie: I like that I'm kind.
Me: What do you think is the most exciting thing that's happened to you this year?
Sadie: I started fifth grade.
Me: That was kind of a hard thing.
Sadie: Yeah- that was a hard adjustment.
Me: What is your favorite song?
Sadie: I'm into gospel music right now.
Me: If you could have any super power what would it be?
Sadie: To fly! It just sounds fun.
Me: What is your very favorite thing to do?
Sadie: I like to play outside, be with my friends, and play on my Kindle.
Me: What is your favorite thing about Noah?
Sadie: He loves me.
Me? What is your favorite thing about Miles?
Sadie: When Miles is around that means there's always someone fun to play with.
Me: What's you favorite thing about Scarlett?
Sadie: We both enjoy... ummmm... we don't really have a lot in common.
Me: What's your favorite part of her personality?
Sadie: She's upbeat.
Me: Tell me what your perfect day would look like.
Sadie: I would get to wake up late, go eat Cracker Barrel, then go hiking in the woods, then have a picnic, hike some more, go fishing and then go out for dinner at Moe's then stay up late watching TV.
Me: Tell me what you think your life will look like in 10 years.
Sadie: I'll be in college and that will be my last year! I'll be learning as much as I can before I graduate.
Me: What do you want your mark on the world to be?
Sadie: I want people to think of me as a kind and enjoyable person to be with.
Book: Taking Flight, The Divergent Series, Wonderstruck and Maniac Magee
Movie: I love Disney and Hallmark movies
Activity to do on one on one time with a parent: with Daddy I like to go to the music store and with mom I like to go shopping
Activity to do with friends: TALK! I love to talk.
Sadie's Last Year in Pictures