Dear Olivia: 4

Dear Olivia,

Last night you went to bed a three year old, and this morning you woke up a 4 year old.

Your Dad and I were talking yesterday about how much more significant this birthday is than the ones before. Don’t get me wrong, 1 is a big year. Two you were more excited about and three we actually celebrated twice – once in Canada and once when we got back to Haiti.

Why is this year different? I think the ones before still had you living in baby and toddlerhood. Turning 4 crosses a threshold where we officially say good-bye to those years in your life for good. You are a little girl now. You’ll only continue to grow bigger and get smarter, and this year we see and feel the impact of that. You understand things about life now that you haven’t before and that’s HUGE. One of those things is another reason why this year is different – you totally get the whole birthday thing. You understand that it’s a day that’s special, that there’s something to celebrate. And, you’ve been anticipating it for over a week rather than Daddy and I telling you that there’s something to be excited about, but still not really understanding what.

This morning as I sat on your bed talking to you about the fact that you can come wake me up if your pull up gets too full in the night, you just looked up at me and, in a little whisper said, “Mom, I’m 4!” Yes, sweet girl, you are.

So, who are you at the age of 4?

  • You know all your colors
  • You know your numbers up to and a bit past 10
  • You know your alphabet for the most part. You get stuck on a couple letters, but hey, 26 is a lot to memorize
  • You’re starting to understand that those letters make words and words can be read
  • You are incredibly talkative, and able to use words in a way most kids your age can’t
  • Your favorite color is pink
  • You love dresses and pretty things
  • You love princesses, and Cinderella is your favorite story
  • You love all things girly, like nail polish
  • You talk about being a big girl and getting to wear make-up
  • Your best friend at school is Esterline
  • Your favorite food is French fries
  • You love to go to Canada and keep asking when we’re going back
  • You love your little brother SO much that it makes my heart melt
  • You are very curious and inquisitive
  • You are opinionated with many things and I’ve learned sometimes there’s no sense in arguing with you
  • You are funny
  • You love to laugh
  • You are a tease
  • You are the apple of your Daddy’s eye
  • You are enthusiastic about almost everything
  • You like salad and lots of different kinds of fruit
  • You love Yonese’s juice
  • You don’t like eggs, still
  • Did I mention you LOVE pink?
  • You have pink rubber boots with white polka dots that Bobi gave you and you clomp around in them all the time
  • You love to help clean the house
  • You love to draw and color and are getting good at drawing people
  • You love to be a “big girl” but also have lots of “little girl” moments that make me happy because I don’t want you to grow up so fast
  • You are very social
  • You have a great memory
  • You get dirty every day and I’ve given up on trying to keep the stains out of your clothes
  • You like to play with girly things one minute, and sticks the next
  • You learned how to swing from coconut trees and the rope attached to the round house roof
  • You are a bit (*cough*) of a drama queen
  • You are always singing
  • You love to dance
  • You love music and are quite opinionated about which songs we should listen to
  • You love school and your teacher, Miss Kendra

You are an amazing little girl and we are so thankful that God brought you into our lives. A lot of people talk about your adoption and becoming part of our family as something that makes you “lucky”. We always correct them and tell them that we’re the lucky ones, the blessed ones. We can’t imagine our lives without you in them.

Happy 4th Birthday Olivia!

~Love Mom

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About Leslie

I'm Leslie. Wife. Mother. Missionary. In the day to day my husband and I are responsible for running Clean Water for Haiti, a humanitarian mission that builds and distributes water filters to Haitian families. Living in Haiti full time provides lots of stories, and as I tell my husband, our grandkids probably won't believe most of them. Maybe writing them down will give me some credibility.

6 thoughts on “Dear Olivia: 4

  1. Happy Happy BDAY to Miss Olivia!! Wish we could be there to celebrate.
    You are so special and so loved by so many!!!!!
    ps: are you sure you are only 4?????

  2. So Sweet!
    Yes – HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET OLIVIA! You’re 4! What a big girl you’re growing up to be! We’re so wishing that we could be there to celebrate your 4th birthday! Have a fantastic day – BIG, BIG – HUGE HUGS from your Nanna & Pappa in Canada! We love you TONS & miss you TONS!
    xxx Nanna & Pappa & Georgia (of course)

  3. Happy birthday Olivia!!! I can hardly wait to see you a month from now and spend time getting to know the little person you are. Each time we see you you have grown in so many ways that it’s like meeting a whole new Olivia — you just get more and more fun to be with. See you soon, dear girl.

    p.s. I predict you’ll be writing your own blog entries within 2 years!

  4. And a very happy birthday from us, too, Olivia. I realize you will most likely hear of our good wishes the day after your fourth birthday but that just keeps the birthday going on longer, right? ;-)

    Looking forward to seeing you again next trip – whenever that will come!

    Ben and Margaret

  5. My favorite part is she plays with girly things one minute and sticks the next…..she is a special girl. We are some of her biggest fans! We love you all and miss you already!

    Bobi and fam :)

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