Saturday, September 29, 2018

Dear Charlotte Wray { 11 years old }

Dear Charlotte,

You're a whole year older... and yet it feels like in this short amount of time, that you've gained 2-3 years... Happy 11th birthday dear girl... today we celebrate you.

This last year with you felt like a roller coaster... filled with a lot of emotion... a lot of ups and downs. You're nearing the "pre-teen" stage, and so we kind of expect it. Everything is an exaggeration for you... and it can be exhausting... but you're paving the way for all of your other sisters, so lots of learning through this time with you. We always ask that you're kind with your words, and gentle with your brother and sisters... they sure know how to push your buttons. But you're the sweetest with them at the same time, and always lead them in such a bold and loving way. 

Charlotte, your love for others... whether you know them or not, hasn't diminished one bit. You are completely, 100% fascinated by others. I always said that if they made a zoo for humans, you'd have a field trip! Along with your love for them, comes your thoughtful side (always wanting to create for others, or bless others with something)... your inclusive side (never leaving someone out)... your helpful side (always ready to lend a hand)... your heart is so big for others... it's just amazing to sit back and watch. 

Lots of changes this year... change of favorite color ( it's pink today, it changes daily),  change of favorite dinner (you love steak with any side)... You change your mind about things as often as people change their underwear... The next thing you want to change, is your room... you're dying for a new color and a fresh new look... moving furniture around isn't enough change for you. You've become quite the opinionated one lately... how you formulate your opinions, makes us laugh... because sometimes it doesn't seem like there's any rhyme or reason to it... but to you, it makes complete sense. 

Your sense of adventure hasn't faded... in fact, you're always the first to lead your brother and sisters for an outing in our woods... and are always on board with any trip out of the house. New trails are always something you're up for... and picnics are your jam.

Your love for music and creating grows daily. Not a day goes by that the markers and paper aren't pulled out. You're learning how to play the ukulele, and can tune it without needing to hear the notes. It's fun to listen to your excitement as your second year in the choir began. Singing with others, brings you so much joy. 

You... bring us so much joy. 

We love you sweet Charlotte, 

Daddy, Mommy, Marley, Finn, Josephine and Mable
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  1. Dear Charlotte - Happy 11th Birthday! I've had the joy of watching you grow from a teeny-tiny 2 year old, up to a lovely Tween! And, it is always delightful to see the changes and growth you've made since your past birthday. I hope this next year of your life will bring lots of Goodness, Laughter and new Friends. I love to see photos of you with your little sisters and brother. And, I am really touched to read your Mama's words about how you love other people and how you reach out to include ALL people. You are Special. - Hugs from Minnesota. - Jo Moseley