Sadie. Sadie. Little lady. Describes you to a tee. Last week you turned 9, but really, you are a 40 year old trapped in a nine year old's body. You are wise beyond your years and compassionate and thoughtful beyond what I think a nine year old could ever be.
You amaze me. Truly- you do. You inspire me to be better. You can see a need and meet it like a little old church lady in a Baptist church circle. You care about people in a way that makes me so proud. You even went so far as to make me reprint your birthday party invitation this year to include a line asking your friends to bring gloves and socks to donate for foster kids. Sadie- I admire you!
There was a little 4 week long period this summer where I thought that I'd lost my sweet girl. You went from 8 to 18 overnight- complete with the attitude and chip on your shoulder. I may have looked at your dad and said, "If this is a preview of her teen years, we are in for it!" Somehow you snapped out of your pre-teenage funk and slipped back to your little girl ways and I breathed a sigh of relief. But seriously- if you act like that post-puberty on a full time basis, one of us will have to move out of this house!
This year you started the third grade. You read like your life depends on it- usually 3-4 novels going at a time. You ask me to print off math worksheets for you for fun. I'm not sure who you get your love of math from. Your dad and I barely scraped by in math in college. Our motto was "D for Diploma" when we would see our math grades! I love your nerdiness and you totally embrace it. You've got smart, good, kind friends around you who value school like you do and it makes me proud of the choices you've made for who your friends are.
You still enjoy playing with your baby dolls. You mother those little things like a champ! It makes me smile when I see you still being a little girl. Since you've started asking to go to the mall and shop at Justice, I just savor those times when I catch you still being "little". Can I just keep you little forever?
You swam on the swim team this summer and loved it. You were totally in your element in the water and you even won a blue ribbon! Then this fall, you played soccer for the first time. While running is not your "thing", you rocked it on the defensive end!
You are Daddy's girl. And let me tell you- your Daddy is obsessed with you. When you walk out of the room he stares at you so lovingly. Then he often times looks at me and says things like, "She is so amazing" or "she's such a good kid." Baby girl- you are adored and loved and valued and I hope that we do a good job of making sure you know that.
To sum up- we aren't sure what we ever did to deserve to get to be your mom and dad. But whatever it was, we are so insanely grateful that God picked us for your parents. You are so precious to us! Happy 9th birthday. I hope your year is as wonderful as you are!
**** 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 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: *loooooooong pause* If a genie could grant me one wish it would be that I would get to be with Jesus up in heaven. (Mom says- let's wait a while for that to happen. A long while!)
Me: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Sadie: Either a teacher or a veterinarian
Me: Do you want to get married when you grow up?
Sadie: That's a maybe. I don't know yet.
Me: Do you want to have children?
Sadie: Yes. I still want to adopt- same as last year- from China, Congo, and America.
Me: Do you want to have any babies in your belly?
Sadie: NO! Still no.
Me: Do you feel different now that you are nine?
Sadie: Yes. Kinda.
Me: How so?
Sadie: I feel taller and I feel like my hair is a foot longer than it was last year.
Me: What is your favorite color and why?
Sadie: Purple, because.... well, the sunset colors actually.
Me: Who is your best friend and why do you like them?
Sadie: My best friends are Alexis and Lucy because they are so nice to me and they are there to support me when I need them.
Me: Now that you are nine, do you think you'll get a boyfriend?
Sadie: Because I'm too young to have one. Duh.
Me: What is your favorite TV show?
Sadie: Good Luck Charlie and The Amazing Race
Me: What do you like most about school?
Sadie: That I get to learn and I get to have fun with my friends.
Me: What's your subject in school?
Sadie: I think it's reading because I get to go to my TAG group and I get to do more projects. And I just like to read.
Me: What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Sadie: I'm smart and kind and pretty and nice and a lot of other things. (Mom told her she had to brag about herself!)
Me: What do you think is the most exciting thing that's happened to you this year?
Sadie: When I got my soccer trophy and when I won ribbons in swimming. It made me feel good to accomplish that much. And another exciting thing is that I got to join TAG because I didn't know that I was smart enough to do that so it was really exciting!
Me: What is your favorite song?
Sadie: Trouble or Twenty-Two by Taylor Swift and all the songs by FUN.
Me: If you could have any super power what would it be?
Sadie: I would like the power to fly and the power to read people's minds because if I could fly, I could see the whole city. Can I also have the power to see super far and zoom in?
Me: What is your very favorite thing to do?
Sadie: I think it's playing with my friends because they are fun to play with and most of the time I get to see my friends every day. I'm lucky because I have a lot of friends.
Me: And what else?
Sadie: I like to sit in bed and help Noah get a head start on multiplication and reading. Except last night because he got in my bed so we had to just trade beds.
Me: What are you most afraid of?
Sadie: I'm afraid of a lot of insects and animals. And that's it. Well, and sometimes I'm scared in the dark because I can't see what's happening. But if there's a person there, I'll just knock 'em and their head will hit the ground.
Me: What is your favorite thing about Mommy?
Sadie: That she's nice to me and she loves me and she takes care of me. And she cooks her food and I have a long list.
Me: What is your favorite thing about Daddy?
Sadie: That he works to get our money and he works to pay for us to go on fun trips. And I like that he's in a band because he plays good music.
Me? What is your favorite thing about Noah?
Sadie: That he's nice and sweet to me even though he can be really mean, annoying, and bossy. And I like that he cares about me.
Me? What is your favorite thing about Miles?
Sadie: That he's crazy. And sometimes I get to play with him by ourselves and we have a lot of fun together.
Food: Lasagna- still
Book: The Tale Of Despereaux, All The Magic Tree House books
Game: Math games that we get to do at school
Movie: Goonies, Indiana Jones, Finding Nemo, and Shrek
Activity to do on one on one time with a parent: go out for a meal
Activity to do with friends: play baby dolls
Sport: swimming then soccer then tennis
Happy 9th Birthday, Sadie! We love you!