She’s so many things.
She’s stubborn, proud, fierce, strong, defiant. She’s argumentative, headstrong, and witty.
She always has the perfect comeback at the perfect time and her sense of humor has always been well beyond her years.
She is funny. Really, truly funny.
She doesn’t laugh her real laugh very often. But when she does…oh man is it ever rewarding. If you get her to laugh that laugh you know you’ve earned it.
She fights HARD to get attention. And she doesn’t care if it’s the good kind of attention or the bad kind.
She just yearns to be heard, to be acknowledged.
She knows exactly which buttons to push and doesn’t hesitate to push them. She loves harder, fiercer, and truer than anyone else in this family.
She is tenderhearted inside of a tough shell.
She’s athletic, smart, strong, and competitive.
She still likes to hold my hand and is known to climb in our bed in the middle of the night.
She loves sparkles and nail polish and animal prints and lip gloss.
She is skinned knees in a pink tutu.
She’s spunky and quirky and don’t you ever try to tell her not to do things her way.
She makes my heart hurt and soar in equal measure.
She will make the best damn woman to walk this planet. She won’t take crap from anyone and she will stand up for what she believe. God HELP the boy that messes with her. She will be FIERCE.
Getting her there will be the hard part. I pray daily for strength, kindness, patience, and for a level head and level heart when it comes to my girl.
She will rule the world one day. Whether it’s jumping out of airplanes, becoming the next Tina Fey, or sitting in the Oval Office… I don’t know. But I’m telling you. This kid will move mountains.
Sadie, today you are 8. I want you to know that I love you, believe in you, and think that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. I love your strength, tenacity, and fearlessness. I envy those things in you. I know you’ll never have a wishbone where your backbone ought to be. I know that sometimes I lose my patience too easily with you, and I’m sorry for that. I’m learning and growing with you. Happy birthday, precious girl. Eight is going to be great.
|| photos by Megan Vining Photography