Sunday, November 29, 2009

Amanda Turns 3!

Little did we know on Monday, November 27, 2006 when we welcomed Amanda into our family, how much richer our lives would quickly become.  Shaun and I both grieved the passing of this year of her being two.  It was enchanting, difficult, wonderful, trying, magical.  Anyone who has known her for two minutes can testify to the fact that there is something special about her.  She's not afraid of anyone or anything and has a magnetic personality.

Over and over and over, I've watched complete strangers be affected by her...even the hold-out ones eventually have to smile. People give her candy, toys, money, etc because they are so blessed by that "something" about her...all of that personality wrapped up in a short, solid body is more than they can ignore.

Amanda has been an incredible blessing to our family,  I wish there was an adequate way to capture the essence of her this past year.  We rejoice that she's growing into the girl and woman God created her to be and we would never want to hold her back in anyway, but, without a doubt, we will always hold "Amanda being 2" as a precious, amazing year.  And now I'm crying...again.

It worked out well that most of our family was still around from Thanksgiving.  We celebrated the day after, Friday, on her actual birthday.  I think I counted 25 adults and 13 kids....just family.  We ate lasagna and salad (I didn't dare serve turkey in any form).

The night before Amanda was up for a good part of the night, so she was quite tired.  Shaun actually slept in her twin bed for a couple hours because it was such a rough night.  She starting wearing down towards the end so this is her big sister telling her she needs to smile.  Avery said, "you need to smile like I did on my birthday" and then ran to get the picture of her doing just that.

Earlier in the day while I was making her cake she said, Mom, you worked so hard to make my cake! then, when she came down from her nap she checked the counter and said, Oh good...I was afraid all the people ate my cake! 

Amanda, we love you just the way you are and feel so blessed to have been entrusted with you for a few short years.  Have fun being 3!

My daughter, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart, 
for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. 
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 3:1-3


Stephanie said...

Love the purple "princess" dress - what a fun party! Happy Birthday Amanda!

LuAnn said...

What a great party, great dress and the cake was cool!!!! Happy 3rd Birthday Amanda!!!!

sara said...

what a sweet girl!! Even though I have never had the pleasure of meeting her in person, I can attest to the fact that her personality affects others...even through pictures!!!

Happy 3rd Amanda!!

mom said...

Thanks for explaining the picture of Avery by the cake. I saw it and was like ?!?. How'd that get there? Makes perfect sense now. It was a great party for such a sweet bundle of a girl.

Laurie said...

Goosebumps and teary eyes over here in SW. That was a beautiful post.

But Happy Birthday to you too, Lis. After all, you are the one who pushed her out. Actually, I think all moms should have their own princess cake for that feat! (Year after year after year no less!)

And of course, Happy, Happy Birthday Amanda!

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

That cake looks awesome! Happy Birthday, sweet girl!