Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My baby is FOUR!

I know it is hard to believe... but my baby girl is FOUR today!! Seems like just yesterday we were taking that bald-headed baby doll home with us for the first time. And remember the body cast?! Man, I do! That subluxed hip doesn't seem to be giving her any grief now, does it!?

Yep. This crazy kid found my old toes shoes tonight and never missed a beat when she asked me to tie them for her, and I obliged. The next thing I knew, she was ON HER TOES and posing it up!

I actually couldn't believe she could actually do that! But then again, I haven't found much that this little miss can't do. She is pretty rugged. Pretty adept! Pretty awesome!

I'm really just so glad that she is mine! So glad that her birthmom saw fit to carry out the pregnancy and then to call ME! What a blessing. What a miracle!

Would you just look at that face? Aside from the scraped up nose (again) and the ink stamp on her forehead which she refers to as her "tattoo", she is so beautifuL! Really... I think she gets prettier by the day!

And when you add in her zest for life. Well... the kid is the complete package... for a four year old for sho!

Todd and I are definitely never bored. Her outfits alone keep us totally amused!

She came in tonight in a romper, with a Silver belt and some "high heels". She was toting a baby on her hip. We just looked at each other and shook our heads. All we can do now is be amused. No need to fight it. We'll do that when she actually thinks she is leaving the house in something like that. THAT's when we'll fight it. Especially if it involves the male gender!!



So, just sit back and enjoy a few poses. I certainly did as I was taking all these pics of her.

I LOVE this one!

and this one...

and omg, who couldn't love this one!? Sooooo Ellie Sue!


She is the light of our lives. Definitely keeps us guessing.

Totally independent, but still wants to sleep in mama and daddy's bed every night.

And even at four, we let her crawl right on in. Cause someday she won't want to.

And if there is one thing I am gonna do, it is live in the present. Accept this day that God gave us as the GIFT it is and cherish my babies.

And so here you have it. MY FOUR YEAR OLD! Time flies, doesn't it?!

If I loved this kid anymore, my heart would burst! So, so thankful today for getting to be her mama!
MO

35 comments:

F80 Racing said...

What a beautiful gift you have been given. She is adorable. I love how long her hair has gotten. ........ I have enjoyed watching her grow. You and Todd are very blessed. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE..... I hope you have a great day.

stephleighjenkins said...

Happy Birthday Ellie Sue!!!!!! She is such a precious angel!!!! Her smile is infectious!!!!

blessedmomof3 said...

Happy birthday Ellie Sue!!
These pictures are precious!! I love the joy she gets from everything she does. What an amazing personality for a four year old. I don't think you will ever have to worry about her being a follower. :) you are so right about the family bed thing. Cherish those moments. My kiddos are 22, 20, and 16. What I wouldn't give for one more wonderfully crowded, snuggly night!
Have a great day!!
Leigh Ann

indigotwin said...

a blessing for sure. Enjoy her!

Sharidrew said...

Happy Birthday Ellie Sue! I can't believe you are four years old! Time does fly!! Your zest for life is awesome and I love hearing about all your crazyness! Stay sweet little one!

Hugs from Missouri,
Shari

Bj said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET ELLIE SUE!! Ms. Brenda hopes you have a great and fun filled day!! Mo, you do indeed have two beautiful, sweet baby girls....enjoy!!....huggers, BJ

Zhohn said...

Y'all are so blessed! Those babies are and you and Todd are blessed. I love Ellie's personality! She's an awesome girl. Oh yes, I remember the bald headed baby and the body cast!
I read Todd's post just now on Facebook...*tear*
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE!!!

Bethany said...

Seems she is LOVED by all who meet her! With her confidence, her beauty, and her independence she has it all, baby! So obvious she is treasured by her mama and dada! Happy birthday baby girl!

firefamily said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE SUE!!! You are an incredible girl who is loved more than you will ever be able to comprehend.
Mo she an awesome little girl and you guys are the best parents, Jake really knew what he was doing when he teamed up with God and chose you and Todd as her parent.
Oh and Belle says it about time Ellie Sue is as old as her.
Love and hugs to all of you.
The Eckart family
Darren, Cyndi, Dylan, Chrissy, Matthew and Belle

Becky said...

Happy Birthday Ellie Sue. You are such a free spirit and I have loved seeing you since your birth and each day since.

Kellye Hoogland said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE!! I had so much fun at your house on SUnday. I want to come back sooon!!! Ellie is such a blessing! I am trying to figure out how I can get her into my Kindergarten class!! Hope yall have a FABULOUS day!!

~Mrs.Hodge~ said...

I know I just confessed that I don't comment much, but it seems like EVERY time I do, there are 11 before me! Cool huh!! Happy 4th Birthday to your beautiful little Ellie! I can't believe it has been 4 years since the bald head and big ol pink cast! God has really blessed your family in so many ways!!! I've LOVED reading about her and watching her grow into the little DIVA that she is in the past 4 years. Hope she fully enjoyed her 4th b-day....and something tells me she did! :-)

adrogan said...

You are sooo right to enjoy the moment! Because b4 you know it she wont be caught dead in your room, much less in your bed!!! Love the clock in the background of her pictures.....Where did you find that?

Lisa said...

I was reading your post and thinking to myself - my goodness, I've been reading her blog for over 4 years . . .because I remember when she became your daughter!! I love your attitude about enjoying each moment with those girls!!

MaryH said...

Look at her on those toe shoes - she is a ballerina for sure - look at the position of those legs - the muscles and then the smile and fun - what a complete miracle and gift from God, her birth mom and a special angel named Jake! Enjoy your day, little lady Ellie Sue.

Karen said...

Happy birthday sweet ELLIE...I would so be wishing you were going to be in my Pre-K class if we lived in the same town...

tricia said...

Happy Birthday Ellie Sue!!!What a spectacular little girl you are!

nss said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE SUE! I can't believe I have been reading your blog for over 4 years.. Yep, time sure flies... Enjoy your beautiful family!

Sam said...

Happy Birthday Ellie Sue! We all sleep in the same bed too! Wouldn't trade it for the world..well except when Emma kicks me in the head! Time sure does fly..our daughter turned 6 in May. We are forever blessed that her birth mom decided that we were the best parents to raise such an amazing little girl too!

Becky said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE SUE!!!!!!!!!!!
WOW! 4 yrs old already!!! As I read the part about the body cast, I just went "Wow! That was HER?!?!" I so remember that, and I can't believe its been 4 yrs!!!!
I love your post! So full of love! I'm so glad you all were blessed with each other! Perfect match! Enjoy the birthday celebration!

Birthday Hugs & Kisses all the way from Minnesota!!!!

Phyllis Lines said...

Happy birthday Ellie. I remember those first year pictures in the Pumpkin patch with you and Madi and the dress you had to cover up the cast.

Diana said...

Happy Birthday Ellie Sue!!!!!!!!
Oh how I remember the day (and the day before when we were all waiting) – how fun and then the little bald doll arrived.
Your Mommy & Daddy were on cloud 9 for sure!! And you have been a loving angel ever since.
We KNOW that hip healed perfectly or she would not be able to do some of those hip thrusts that she is so famous for.
And standing on point in your way too big ballet shoes– she is a trip for sure – nothing stops her.
She is a crack up with her tattoo – she does not miss a beat!
And about sleeping in your bed – I’ve said it before & I will say it again – WHO CARES what anyone says, enjoy it. I KNOW I did when my girls were younger – they were welcome in my bed whenever they wanted – in fact, I was disappointed if they did not come running in, I loved it. I loved cuddling with them and just watching them sleep – so precious. Everybody has something to say, just continue to do what feels right for you.
Have a wonderful day with the birthday girl & sweet Gabbi and I can’t wait to see how you spent the day.
Thinking of all of you,
Diana from Colorado

snekcip said...

Happy Birthday Ellie Sue. Since I'm an emotional mess today, I will still say, I think God smiled on us BOTH Mo. What a blessing BOTH our 4yr olds are.

Tracie said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!!! Ellie looks so full of LIFE! I totally agree with you about living life in the present. Please give your little big girl a birthday hug from Florida :O)

Stacey said...

Happy birthday Ellie! Love your comment about someday they won't want to sleep with you. My sentiments exactly. Nice job, Jake!

Beverly said...

I absolutely BELIEVE with all my heart that you and Todd were supposed to have both those little girls. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELLIE!!!! I'd give anything to meet all of ya'll. Maybe some day I'll get down that way. Hope today is as special in every way that Ellie is herself!

Lisa O. said...

Happy Birthday Miss Ellie!! You and Todd are for sure blessed with these precious girls!! They are also so lucky to have you as their parents!! Hope she has a wonderful birthday! :)

Patricia said...

Love, Love,Love how you understand enjoying the moment!!

Missy said...

Happy Birthday Ellie Sue Groves! I too remember that bald, bundle...seems just like yesterday....

Charlotte's Momma said...

Happy Birthday Ellie Sue!

Renee said...

That girl seems so entertaining, not to mention precious. So glad that's a "tatoo" on her forehead. I thought Ms Thang went and bruised herself up. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE SUE!

Bella's mommy said...

Happy Birthday Ellie Sue!!!!

Kaia said...

Happy Birthday to Ellie!

jrey said...

happy happy birthday ellie sue! what a precious gift you are, keep that precious smile beaming each day.

Amy K said...

Happy Birthday Ellie Sue! I know your Mama & Daddy made the day super special. I hope you all celebrated big-time, and have some fun pictures to share.