Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Six

Dear Gianna,

When you were three, everyone around you thought you were five. When you were five, people mistook you for six. Today you turned six, and from the comments we've heard so far, it seems you finally look your age.

Six. Sigh. Where did it go? And how did you get so tall?

You are one of those daughters a mother knows she doesn't deserve. You remind me to be grateful for the gift of motherhood every day, and not take a minute with you for granted.

Your light-hearted, pleasant demeanor is contagious. It is rare not to see a smile on your face. And in this short six years you've become an incredibly lovely girl. You're kind and sweet, generous and thoughtful, grateful and sincere. You help without being asked. If asked your response is "Yes, mother." You want others to be happier than you are, and you often sacrifice to make that happen. It takes an adult most of her lifetime to grow into who you are today.

Quotes of the day:

When you learned this morning that you'd have rain on your birthday you smiled, "That's okay, mama. It's Lent. I'll offer it up." And you meant it.

Tucking you into bed tonight, "I wish everyone could have a birthday every day." When I inquired further, "because then everyone would be as happy as me!".

That would be wonderful, Gianna. I love you, sweetheart. Happy Birthday!

16 comments:

sarah said...

Happy birthday to a very beautiful soul.

Charlotte (Matilda) said...

Happy Birthday Gianna! What a beautiful reflection of God's love you are!

turtlemama said...

What a sweet girl. Six is grand.

Marisa said...

A true treasure indeed. God bless her always.

Cheryl M. said...

Happy Birthday, Gianna, you are a beautiful little girl with very lucky parents!!! :)

Love2Learn Mom said...

Happy Birthday dear Gianna!

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday Gianna!

Lucy said...

What a darling girl God blessed you with, and what a wonderful mother you must be, to have taken a hand in the shaping of her character and soul along with God.

Beth said...

Six is a wonderful age -- and motherhood is such a blessing, isn't it?

Happy Birthday, Gianna!

Blair said...

Happy Birthday, sweet Gianna! What a kind and generous little girl you are. I pray your 6th year is wonderful and hope that one day my own 6 year-old and you can meet!

Nina said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet girl. She is a model of goodness I carry in my head. You are a wonderful mother to her and it must truly be a blessing to guide her.

Melanie B said...

How fun that our girls share a birthday! Gianna is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing these glimpses of her with us. A treasure indeed.

KC said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

Party of Eight said...

Happy Birthday! I have a Gianna, too. She is 8 and her name is Josie. Thanks for reminding me how lucky I am.

Anonymous said...

Gianna is truly lucky to have you as her mother! Your unconditional love, and wonderful parenting have a great deal to do with her being such a happy child!

Beth said...

Gianna you are beautiful! Happy Birthday!

Madeleine just had a birthday too! (My Madeleine :)