My Sweetest Little Munchkin, Peyton,
You are two years old today! On the one hand I can’t believe how fast time has flown by, but on the other hand, I have loved every minute of the past two years more than I’ve ever loved life before!
It goes without saying you’re the cutest, sweetest kid in the entire world. I honestly don’t know how we could have been more blessed by you. You are happy and you love Daddy and I SO MUCH—we feel your love for us all the time…in your hugs, your kisses, your smiles and your laughs. And just yesterday you actually thanked God for Daddy and I during our prayer. You had me holding back the tears.
I can’t believe how smart you are. I mean, I don’t want this to go to your head or anything, but girl, you are SO STINKING SMART for your age. You talk more than any other kid your age that I have ever met in my entire lifetime. I love that you have this knack for communicating—I like to think you got that from me. You and I are having full conversations and have had them for a few months now, and it’s just so much fun to have you as a best friend! I hope we stay this way forever, but I’m sure sometime around jr. high you’ll be over me L So sad. I promise I’m cool, baby girl!! Well, maybe not “cool” in the sense of the word, but funny and goofy and totally in love with you!
I continue to have big dreams for you, but I have to remind you, Love, that God’s Will comes first! So no matter how many joys I wish for you, the reality is, God has the BIGGEST plans for you, and I continually pray that we are all prepared for what He has in store for you, and that you fall in love with Him more every day!
Munchie, I truly can’t get enough of you. This past year I came home from work to be with you full time, and it was THE ABSOLUTE BEST decision your dad and I could have ever made! It was ALL GOD, too, He really made the pieces fall together, because let me tell you, its not easy to afford life in Southern California on just one income, but we’re doing it and we have embraced every bit of budgeting we’ve had to do to make it happen. Because being with you, loving on you, and teaching and guiding you are my number one priority. We’ve had our hard days, trust me—days that I can’t believe a 2 foot tall kid can make me question every decision I’d made during that entire day—but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I hope you are enjoying our time together, and that ultimately you are more secure in who you are as a person because I’ve been here to help you along the way. I know you’d be fine even if I had to work—you’re strong and wonderful and my work situation wouldn’t change that—but I know this is critical time that we’ll never get back, so I pray that we both take full advantage of it!!
I think you’re going to love your birthday party this weekend. You really know all our friends and family now, and although you may be overwhelmed and “mommy-hold-you-ish”, I think you’ll feel so very loved, and you’ll enjoy all that goodness…
Thank you for yet another wonderful year, my sweet pea. No matter what, I’ll always love you. SO MUCH.