November 17, 2013

A Decade

Dear Sadie,

Sadie, Sadie, Sadie.  Yesterday you turned an entire decade old.  Part of me feels like you have always been an old soul so ten isn't a big deal, and the other part of me wants to hide in a corner at the thought that you are now only three years away from being a *gasp* teenager.

You are my kiddo who hates change.  You are just super anxious about the unknown and so this year has been really hard for you.  We have had more monumental life changes this year than probably any other year in your life.  This year we moved... twice.  We became a foster family... and then not a foster family.  You gained a sister on a days notice.  We lost your step-grandmother. You started a new grade and nearly all of your best friends ended up in a class without you.  You started from scratch on a lot of your friendships and I know that is not easy.  The dog that you've had your entire life passed away and that was so hard.  It was just a constant up and down this year.

We had many nights where we laid in your bed together and just talked about how hard coping is sometimes.  We talked about how kids your age start to be all drama all the time and how that's weird.  We talked about how even when changes are good how they can still be stressful.  The insight you have on life at 10 years old blows me away.

And then we had some really awesome experiences this year.  You went to your first concert (Taylor Swift- best. night. ever.)  You got to have your own room and decorate it just how you wanted.  You asked Jesus to come into your heart and you started in a Bible study group that has been an incredible time for both of us.  You went to camp.  You kicked butt on the swim team this summer.  You got straight A's and scored distinguished on those gosh darn stupid standardized test and they gave you a medal in front of all the other fourth graders.  You joined the choir at school and we discovered that you have a gorgeous singing voice.  You learned to surf in Hawaii and loved it!  We went on a weekend trip to Washington DC and had so much fun together.

You are growing up right before my eyes.  I'll admit, I'm just not ready for it.  This felt like the year that I just couldn't keep you wrapped up in a cocoon of innocence and it is hard for me let you navigate the world a little bit on your own.  I just want to keep you little forever.  Despite everything that has gone on this year, you have kept your sweet nature.  You are still the little girl who is always more concerned about others and who has the kindest most compassionate heart of anyone I know.  You are a good friend to everyone.  You work so hard at school and push yourself to greatness on your own free will.  I'm so proud of you.  Sometimes Daddy and I put you guys to bed at night and I think that I could have a hundred kids if they were all as awesome as you!

You are just so special to me.  I know that sometimes it feels overwhelming to be one of four kids now, but darling Sadie, you were the first and that is just something that can't ever be taken away from you. You are precious and wonderful and I just love you so much!    Happy Birthday, sweetheart!


**** 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 20122011, 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: Hmmm... that's a tough one.  I would have to say that it would be that I could be nicer to my siblings.  It is SO HARD!

Me: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Sadie: I'm thinking about being a doctor, like Dr. Church (our pediatrician).

Me: Do you want to get married when you grow up?
Sadie:  Yes.
Me: Do you want to have children?
Sadie: Um hum.

Me: Do you feel different now that you are ten?
Sadie: Nope.
Me: Last year you said that you felt taller and that your hair was a foot longer.
Sadie: *grins*

Me: What is your favorite color and why?
Sadie: I like purple and orange.  I like orange when it's the color of the sun rising and setting.

Me: Who is your best friend and why do you like them?
Sadie:  My best friend is Alexis because she is always there for me and she cares about our whole family.  I have a lot of other friends but Alexis is my best friends.

Me: I usually ask you "Now that you are x age, do you think you'll get a boyfriend". But, this year I'm just gonna say NO BOYFRIENDS!
Sadie:  Good rule.
Me:  Remember when that boy in your class asked you out and you gave him the palm and said, "Not interested?  I was so proud of you when you did that!

Me: What is your favorite TV show?
Sadie: Good Luck Charlie still

Me: What do you like most about school?
Sadie: My teacher.  She's nice and she's very understanding.
Me: What's your subject in school?
Sadie:  I like to write because that's when I'm most creative.

Me: What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Sadie: That I am who I am.  That I'm kind and funny and smart.

Me: What do you think is the most exciting thing that's happened to you this year?
Sadie:  Catching my first wave when we went surfing in Hawaii.  It felt pretty cool to just be standing up on a surf board for the first time.

Me: What is your favorite song?
Sadie: Timber by Kesha.  (Mom just died a little bit)

Me: If you could have any super power what would it be?
Sadie:  To fly!  I think it would be so cool.

Me: What is your very favorite thing to do?
Sadie: Play in the woods at our new house.
Me: And what else?
Sadie: I like to be outside.  But on rainy days my favorite thing to do is color.

Me: What is your favorite thing about Mommy?
Sadie:  That she takes care of me and loves me.

Me: What is your favorite thing about Daddy?
Sadie:  I would say the same thing for both of you guys but I want to come up with something more creative for him since he's so awesome.  He makes everybody laugh.

Me: What is your favorite thing about Noah?
Sadie:  That he's always looking out for me.

Me? What is your favorite thing about Miles?
Sadie:  That he's silly and that he's always ready to give me a hug.

Me:  What's you favorite thing about Scarlett?
Sadie: That she's enthusiastic.  But sometimes that is super annoying.

Food: Lasagna- still.
Book: A Wrinkle In Time and The Tale of Despereaux
Game: I like a lot of games, so just any games that my friends are playing with me
Movie: Disney Movies- it might sound funny but I liked the Planes movie a lot
Activity to do on one on one time with a parent: go get my nails done with Mommy and snuggle with Daddy
Activity to do with friends: too many!  Playing in the woods with my friends and hide and seek in the dark are my favorites.
Sport: swimming

Happy Birthday, Sadie!

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