My dear Emmabear,
You told your preschool class earlier this year that you didn't like it when kids called you "Emmabear"...that only adults could call you that. You then edited the request saying that anyone could call you "E-bear", as that seemed to sound cooler in your mind. But for as long as I can, I will call you my "Emmabear", for there will be a time soon when you dismiss that name altogether.
5 years old...incredible. I simply can't believe it. You have reached an age with multiple changes. During this year, you will start kindergarten, learn to read, tie your shoes...you are practically grown. You will soon say goodbye to your preschool days and welcome your years as an elementary school student.
The older you grow, the more I see my own self in you. You are headstrong, yet hesitant in new situations. You are witty, yet insecure when around unfamiliar circumstances. You are a leader, yet you will follow until you are secure in your own abilities. I relate with your personality so much...your way of thinking and analyzing situations. However, I have never been as smooth as you when it comes to relationships. You are amazing at getting others to seek after your friendship and guidance without really trying for the attention. You are a magnet...you sincerely charm those around you with the twinkle of your eye and the wit of your tongue. You are an incredible people-person, my sweet child, and I can't wait to see how you use this gift in your life.
While years 1-3 were a bit (ahem) "difficult" in trying to shape and channel your behavior and personality, this year has been a breeze and a blast for the most part. You usually wake each morning in a delightful attitude ready to tackle the day....though you will indeed be the very first to complain when you are inconvenienced in any way. You are genuinely kind and generous to others throughout the day, always eager to help and entertain anyone available. (Granted, this is all based on the sheer circumstance that you have had a good nap and record of nightly sleep during these days...if not, "all hands on deck" in control of the Emmabear.) But most of all, you are delightful...sweet and compassionate and so incredibly loving each and every day.
You had some tough times during the past year...starting preschool, giving up your precious Bear-Bear in a victorious attempt to stop sucking your thumb, learning to ride your bike without training wheels, being shuttled to various places during your brother's dr. appts, hospitalizations, and trips to specialists...but you never missed a beat. We are constantly amazed at your resiliency to change during major circumstances in your life.
You started talking about God a lot this year...you ask interesting and profound questions almost daily about our beliefs. You have such an amazing heart, and it warms me to the core to know that most of all, you want to serve God with everything in you. You want to know everything you can about him, and I constantly find your questions challenging and encouraging at the same time. You want to know...you need to know...
My Emma; my big 5 year old...you are simply amazing. You immediately change the hearts of everyone you contact and steal the hearts of those who love you. You are an amazing kiddo, you are. Happy 5th birthday...to my precious child who still makes wishes upon stars and expects them to come true.