Friday, December 18, 2009

All About the Birthday Girl!

Kind of hard to believe that my little sweetie-pie is turning 8. I have been asking myself, why is it that 8 seems so much older than 7? I figured it out. Of course, 8 is so close to 10 and 10 is close to 15 and 15 is close to 20 – darn – she’s grown-up! Though I’ve tried to stop the clock before, I was not successful – as both boys are now over 21 – guess I should stop calling them "boys" eh! Anyway, in honor of Miss M’s 8th b-day on the 20th, I thought I would list 8 special things about her.

1. Maddy is very sweet! Truly, she is the sweetest little girl I’ve ever known and I’m not just saying that because she’s my daughter! Well, I suppose it could be that I haven’t known that many other little girls, but she is sweet and thoughtful and delightful – a real treasure!

2. She is a good student. She works so hard at school and at home. Even though math has given her a few problems this year, she has worked at it and is conquering her fear of numbers! She loves her tutor and I believe that has certainly helped change her thinking about her own abilities. I haven’t heard her say the dreaded "I’m just no good at math" in a while now. Yay Maddy!!

3. Maddy has a great imagination! One of the most fun things for me is to listen to Maddy play with her stuffed animals. They have very expressive and extended conversations about the weather, their dreams, what to do and just about anything and everything under the sun. It is a real treat to listen in as she "talks" for the various animals.

4. She is a talented little artist. She loves to draw and makes very detailed and meticulous drawings ... usually of animals. Lately, she has been making little books on scraps of paper of animals or movie characters. She staples her little book together and presents it for your reading enjoyment.

5. Maddy loves chips! If there is one thing that girl will eat, it is chips – BBQ, sour cream and onion, plain, cheddar, sun chips . . . just about any chips. She sometimes decides to take hot or cold lunch based on whether or not the cafeteria has chips! If chips are on the menu, it’s a hot lunch day.

6. Maddy is very determined. When she puts her mind to something, she sticks with it and follows-through. Last summer she was determined to master her bicycle without training wheels! And she did it! Lately, she’s made up her mind to get a puppy and has somehow negotiated away a year. I agreed to a dog in June, 2011 – somehow, she and Mr. Tennis have now agreed to June, 2010!! I don’t know how that happened and I don’t think Mr. Tennis knows either!

7. She is very tender-hearted. You (and by you, I mean me, of course) have to be careful to discipline and/or direct her in a gentle way. Cross words break her little heart.

8. Maddy is very loving. She gives her heart to her family, her friends and her faith and draws strength from all three.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! We love you so much and I am so honored and blessed to be your Mother.

23 comments:

Michelle said...

What a sweet post about your precious birthday girl. Happy Birthday, Maddy!! I hope you have a fabulous day!

Felicia said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Maddy! My Ava is #5 right along with you :)

Kim said...

Happy Birthday Maddy! I was wondering if a puppy was on her list! Enjoy your sweet girl!

Kam said...

Happy Early Birthday sweet Maddy! She is a doll...and your words were beautiful.

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

What a wonderful post for your daughter! Happy Birthday Maddy!!!

Jeanneoli said...

Happy Birthday...what a beauty!!!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Awww... Happy Birthday precious girl! Eight is such a fun year!

What a sweet tribute to your baby girl!!

Blessings,
Sasha

Super Mommy said...

Oh Happy Birthday Miss. Maddy! I hope it's a fabulous day for you! Janet - what a great idea about the list - I'm sure you could've listed many more wonderful things about her!

Jennifer said...

Aww... what a sweet post! She is adorable! Hope she has a birthday full of blessings!!

Jennifer said...

I wanted to mention that I saw your comment on Buzzing of a Queen Bee... about listening to Mulberry Lane... love them! I think it is neat they happen to be from my good ol' state of NE! :)

Casey said...

Hey!! Looks like we both have December babies!! (By babies I mean 8 and 10. Ugh! Where does time go??)

Happy, Happy Birthday to Maddy!! I wish her all the best for her 8th year!!

Jodee Leader said...

What a sweet post! I can't believe Maddy is already turning 8. Where do the years go? I still remember busting you in the baby aisle at Target with her referral picture! I was sooooo excited for you! You are soooo blessed to be Maddy's Mom! Have fun at her party!

Sue said...

Happy Birthday Maddy! Oh yes, 8 seems so old and close to 10!

Alexa turns 5 in Feb. and that seems old too!

Sue : )

Lin said...

December birthdays are special and so is Maddy!

Lisa said...

what a great list!! It brought tears to my eyes!

Give that girl a bag of chips please!!

Jean said...

Happy Birthday Maddy! What a wonderful daughter she is! They do grow up too fast- and now I am seeing the second batch do the same thing as the first. ;-(

Hope she had a very happy day!

Lucy said...

SO SO sweet! What a gem she is! It is so evident of all of the love and joy she brings to you. And why does this growing up happen so fast...I can get so sad over it. I need to train my brain to accept it! Lol, it sure is so hard...we hate to see them "go" I suppose. Happy Birthday Maddy! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Heather said...

Happy Birthday Maddy!! Oh my, she is so beautiful. And what a loving and tender description from her mommy...love it!

Enjoy every moment of 8, so true it creeps up so quickly!!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Love this post about your sweet girl!!

Happy Birthday Miss Maddy!! I hope it was a fun filled and special day!

xo,

Lisa

EllieNat said...

Happy 8th birthday to sweet Maddy. I'm sure she will someday cherish your lovely post.

kanishk said...

I am seeing the second batch do the same thing as the first

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Alyson & Ford said...

Beautiful - your words and her!
Happy Belated Birthday!

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Ivy said...

Hello and a belated but very Happy Birthday to sweet Maddy! Gee she's growing into a most gorgeous girl.

Always smiling!!!

Ivy