Charlotte’s 5th Birthday

It’s been some time since I last posted on my blog and quite a few entries should have appeared before this one, but I couldn’t resist sharing this celebration in the Hewlett household – Charlotte turning 5.

“Mummy, am I actually 5 today? Is it really my birthday?” Charlotte whispered in my ear on her birthday morning, eyes wide open. She unwrapped her presents, a pink watch (“that actually works Mummy!”) and a tacky puppy in a carry thing, which she really wanted as a birthday gift. Such joy and excitement at such an early hour, but it was worth it as she looked so happy.  Happiness for Charlotte is the only present I want to give her year after year, and I was reminded of this when I read “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4, NIV). What a great gift from God….well, maybe not through the eyes of a 5 year old, but certainly as a parent I want her to fulfil the desires of her heart (even if that’s just unwrapping a toy dog in a pink furry basket)……..I just pray for her to be happy.

Charlotte seemed more grown up, she’d changed, just a little bit since yesterday.

My baby-girl is now a little-girl of 5 years old, sometimes it feels a lot longer than 5 years (all those sleepless nights must add up to an additional 3 years at least), other times it really is the blink of an eye. However, why do I struggle to remember so many things from those first 5 years? What did she look like wearing her first baby-grow? Where were we when she first rolled on to her belly? When did we take our first trip to to the park?

There were times when she was a baby, that I would just stare at her beautiful face and easily lose an hour, but now I think I wish I’d studied her even more. Why can’t I remember what she looked like at 8 months or 3 years old? Why can’t I hold each and every memory in my mind to flick to whenever I want? Praise God for photos!……and I’m so pleased I started this blog as a ‘diary’ of the children growing up. Not only does it create some fond memories for myself, but hopefully one day Charlotte will say “Mum, what did I do on my 5th birthday?” and I can show her this.

I pray that Charlotte enjoys being 5 and that she continues to have lots of fun times with friends. Most of all I pray for her to be happy.  Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
(Psalm 37:4, NIV)

 

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