Happy Birthday, Ruthea!
This year we are spending your birthday in Alabama. You loved the idea. Asking to spend the day playing croquet with Grumps and Ahna, Unca Benji, Unca Matthew, Grandmother and Granddaddy, Unca Nick and Aunt Alex and Knox, and Unca Clint, Aunt Melanie, and Aunt Maghen. You wanted to then go to Applebee's with all of them and have birthday cake. It's not going to work out the way you wanted, between the rain and everyone else having to work. But I hope you have a fun day anyway.
You are growing so much. We packed up all the size 6 clothing a couple of weeks. All the tops were getting too tight and short. You played t-ball again this year, and really enjoyed it. Daddy was your coach, and you were one of the best on the team. You are also learning to ride your bike with training wheels. You made such strides this last year in school. You and Britt are starting on the third grade math book when we start back to school in 2 weeks. You have learned all the phonics rules for reading, and are picking out more and more phrases when we are out and about or when you see signs on the tv. You have also finally quit taking naps during the day. This year I suspect we'll be starting speech therapy back, because I feel like you really need it.
You are still my sunshine, and when you are happy you can light up a room. You seem to find joy in every day things, which is something you already surpass me in. You love the rain and to run and play in it. You love lizards and have named all of the ones at our house. You never cease to believe that one day your Daddy will let you have a black and white kitten that you will name mittens. But when you are mad (like you are at the moment) it is like a thunderstorm of epic proportions. When you think you have been slighted in some way, you will stay made for ages, with your fist clenched, a look of pure rage on your face, but not making a sound.
|3-6, Showing a Lamb at the Strawberry Festival|
|3-30, Our Egyptian Supper|
The two biggest change in you this year were joining the Church and becoming a big sister yet again. In December you began almost out of nowhere taking notes, and asking about being a Church member. In January you were baptized, and ever since then have been so happy about Church things. Your desire to join the Church and serve others has brought your Daddy and I more joy than you can imagine. We have also had a roller coast year finding out that we were going to have another baby, finding out that our baby would be another sister, being scared of the possibility of losing another baby, to finally bringing her home. You were overjoyed that she looked like you. You have high hopes for her. Love to baby her, talk to her, and hold her. You don't even mind helping me change diapers.
|5-25, Meeting Kate|
We also bought our first home in the last year. Since that time you have designed and bought plants to make your own fairy garden, with very little input from me. You have done alot of fishing with Daddy and are even beginning to help him clean fish. You are sharing a room with Rebecca, one that you helped chose things for - a purple fairy room with a real crystal chandelier.
|4-1, Ruth's fish.|
Ruth in some ways you are so old for your age, in others you are obviously still our little girl. We love you so much, and are thankful that we get to raise you. Daddy and I love you.
|4-16, Easter Sunday.|
|8-14, With her hair up in braids.|