My dearest Emma,
I don't quite know how to explain the past few years with you other than saying how thankful we are that God has chosen us to be your parents. You are an incredible person. You are fun and sweet and adventurous and utterly hilarious.You are such a joy in our lives.
You are a people person to the core. You come home each day with a backpack full of drawings that your classmates made just for you. It is impossible for you to walk through the halls of Talbot Elementary without someone saying "Hi Emma!" I watch as random kids who are 3 and 4 years older than you take the time to talk to you and pick your little body up for a hug. There are several teachers at the school who stop to tell you "hi" and give you a hug. You are a magnet, my precious girl. There is something about your magnetic and joyful personality that draws people to you.
I have often watched you from afar and wondered what it was about you that drew so many people from all walks of life and so many ages to want to be your friend. And I realized that it was your ability to love anyone, no matter how they act...to accept the unacceptable, no matter the complexities of their tough backgrounds...to smile with each encounter, no matter how tough of a day you are having. We could all learn a lot by imitating your love for others.
This year has been a good one for you. You love being a part of the school you have essentially called "home" ever since Abby has been here, and you adore your teacher and classmates. You are doing well in school...learning to read with better fluency each day and enjoying showing off the math concepts you are grasping.
You are still a fashionista when it comes to clothes and hair. The only times we really butt heads is when you are tired or when you complain about what you are wearing. If it were up to you, fancy dresses and trendy clothes would be worn each and every day. This is unfortunate with a strict dress code at school, and we seem to argue about different ways to make your school uniforms more fancy and acceptable in your eyes each day. Its infuriating some days, just so you know.
But all in all, you are just a fun kid to be around. Smart and witty and loving. We are so very blessed to have you in our lives, my Emma Elizabeth. I love you, sweetheart. Happy 6th Birthday!