Our sweet Holland turned 4-years-old in September! This has been such a big year for her. She went from being the youngest child to the middle child with such grace and stride, surprising us all with her pure love for Reese--no jealousy at all! She also professed Jesus to be her Lord and Savior. And she has also informed us of her great career calling: "to be a girl who takes care of dogs and also a girl who rides giraffes". That's our girl. I love how the part about riding giraffes is tacked onto the end. She is very dramatic that way.....she's always been good at adding just the right words to add a big punch to her statements. For instance, today she told me that I am the best mom she's ever had. Notice the last 3 words? Do I break it to her that I'm the only mom she's ever had? Better not.
Holland is endlessly compassionate, sweet and charming, remarkably sensitive, and she genuinely appreciates the beauty all around her. She also is our little daydreamer. She has been enjoying cooking and baking with me, has learned how to do new watercolor paintings, and has pleaded with me to teach her to read...which I am, and which she really, really loves. She is also a cheerful and mature little student in her Awana's class and has been great at memorizing her verses. I also see her reaching out to other kids, making them feel welcome. What a gift she is to us!
For Holland's birthday, she wanted to go to the apple orchard, so we met a couple of dear families out there to help Holland celebrate. Here's a picture of Holland at the apple orchard holding a...dandelion. :o)
I love this shot. Holland appreciates her cards and pours over each one. She notices each detail and takes in the uniqueness of each one. Her friends are interested, too.