I. cannot. believe. . . . that Ellie will be 3 tomorrow! We've known her for 22 months . . . and she's been home with us for only 16 months, but we can all agree -- we forget what life was like without Ellie!
In the last month is seems like the baby in her has grown up -- all at once. Her personality is FINALLY bursting through that shy little girl. She is smart, funny and yeah, a little tricky, but she's our Ellie. She continues to amaze us and we can't wait to see what God has planned for her.
Just in the last couple of weeks she has mastered peddling her tricycle, swimming in the pool (yep, she'll now jump off the step and swim by herself), going potty (not 100% yet, but working on it), recognizing letters, singing songs and just so many big girl things! She also is the first to point her finger at her big brothers and tell them exactly what she thinks... tee hee... boy we have our work cut out for us :) She loves to pick on her brothers -- and they also like to return the favor... that's what siblings are for, right? And Ellie and Faith are like peanut better and jelly. God really knew what He was doing when we gave us double blessings. I often wonder what either of them would do without each other. What one doesn't think of.. the other does. And Ellie likes Faith to be the guinea pig and go first... then it if looks ok, she'll do it too. (note to self: DO NOT send these girls to college together!!).
I am met daily with many non-stop hugs, "I love you mommy's", and sweet serenades of twinkle twinkle little star (how me wonder what you are) -- so stinkin cute! I honestly wondered at times if this would be possible since she was so withdrawn and shy when she came home to us. I love watching her blossom and I'm so glad she doesn't feel the need (as often) to test us. She is finally comfortable with her surroundings, her family and her boundaries. She is a very happy and confident girl! I love that about her.
Here's a few impromptu pictures from her at the beach. My sister in law took ALL of these. She has the amazing ability to capture Ellie's true personality. Thank you Ann Marie!!
Happy Birthday sweet girl.