November 16, 2011

Dear Sadie

Dear Sadie-

Today you are eight.  I doesn't seem like that long ago that you were swaddled up in a little pink blanket smiling and giggling while Daddy twirled you around the living room dancing to Norah Jones songs.  In those early days we just stared at you and wondered how in the world we ever felt fulfilled before you came into our lives.

You have always been our easy one.  The one who's relatively healthy.  The one we never have to worry about at school.  The one who is such a good helper to me that sometimes I have to step back and remember that you are only a kid and not a 40 year old woman trapped in a little girl's body!

Your Papaw Johnny tells me all the time that you remind him of me when I was little.  I loved all the same things that you love now- reading, sugar, iced tea, Little House on the Prairie, church, breakfast for dinner, Ramona Quimby and taking care of other people. 

Sadie- You are putting more good out into the world that most people 5 times your age.  You impress my socks off.  Now, that's not to say that you don't get a little sassy from time to time, but for the most part, you are kind hearted to everyone.  Last year, one of your teachers had all the kids in your class write down nice things about every other kid in the class.  Your friends said things like honest, helpful, liked by everyone, smart and helpful.  I think they pretty much summed it up. 

You are still a little bit shy.  You have a core group of friends that you have had since kindergarten but you aren't big on making new friends.  You get nervous about trying new things but you are getting braver and braver every year. 

Then there are your brothers.  Oh Sadie- those boys love you to pieces.  You tell everyone that they get on your nerves, but you love them and protect them like a momma bear.  You and Noah share a room and you quite literally giggle yourselves to bed every single night.  Daddy and I sit downstairs and laugh at how close you two are and how funny your quirky little jokes to one another are.  Noah always falls asleep first and then you pull out a book and read until you can't hold your eyes open anymore. If you had your way, you'd stay up late and wake up at noon every day.  You get that from your Daddy.

You bring so much joy to my life.  I feel so blessed every time I think about how God allowed me to be your mommy.  You are one amazing little girl.  Can I be like you when I grow up???

I Love you from here to the moon and back.

***Every year, I give my kids a little interview on their birthdays. I hope that it will be a great way for me to look back and see glimpses of who they were at every stage of life and see how they change over the years.  To see Sadie's last year's interview and my babble about how K-Mart made me pregnant, click HERE.

Me: If a genie would grant you only one wish, what would it be?
Sadie: To be the smartest person in the world!

Me: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Sadie: A farmer or a teacher.

Me: Do you want to get married when you grow up?
Sadie:  No!  That answer is NO!
Me: Do you want to have children?
Sadie:  Yes.  I want to adopt from Congo, China and America.

Me:  That's a lot of kids.
Sadie:  Yep, three. 

Me:  Do you want to have any babies in your belly?
Sadie: NO!

Me: Do you feel different now that you are eight?
Sadie: Yes. I feel older and taller.

Me: What is your favorite color and why?
Sadie: I like red, but blue is my favorite team so I don't know how to describe it.  I like red because it's pretty.  Now I hate pink and yellow is my least favorite color.  It looks too weird.

Me: Who is your best friend and why do you like them?
Sadie:  Lucy and Allie because Allie is nice to me and Lucy always plays with me.

Me: Now that you are eight, do you think you'll get a boyfriend?
Sadie: *giggles* NO!
Me: Why?
Sadie: Cause then whoever was my boyfriend would be hangin' out with me too much.

Me: What do you think about world peace?
Sadie.  Ugh. What did Noah say to that one?  I have no idea.

Me: What is your favorite TV show?
Sadie: I wish Twilight was a TV show!  Or New Moon!  But my favorite show is Amazing Race! (which we all watch together every single week)

Me: What do you like most about school?
Sadie: Definitely reading!  And math! 

Me: What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Sadie: That I'm sweet and kind and smart!

Me: What is your favorite song?
Sadie: Adele or "Stereo Hearts"

Me: If you could have any super power what would it be?
Sadie:  It would be fly power and that's all.  Because I could fly up in the air and fly around the world.

Me: What is your very favorite thing to do?
Sadie:  Read.
Me: And what else.
Sadie: Just read and read!

Me: What are you most afraid of?
Sadie: Wolves and foxes because I had a dream about them.  I was jumping on the bed at Papaw's house and I was trying to get away from them.  And naked mole rats!

Me: What is your favorite thing about Mommy?
Sadie:  That you take us to really fun places and you took me to get my ears pierced.

Me: What is your favorite thing about Daddy?
Sadie: He's funny.  He's definitely funny and he scares me.  I like when he scares me and tickles me!

Me? What is your favorite thing about Noah?
Sadie:  That he's crazy.  But why does he lie?  He lies ALL the time!

Me? What is your favorite thing about Miles?
Sadie:  He's crazy too!  He's a naked nut ball.

My love bug looking so grown up after she got her ears pierced on the eve of her eighth birthday. 
You've come a long way baby! (But you've still got that same big ol' heart!)

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