A Letter to Our Oldest Daughter on Your 9th Birthday

Amelia! Today, you are nine years old! I used to be amazed at how old you were and how big you were getting and now I marvel at your maturity and how much fun you are to hang out with. Your favorite color is still turquoise, but you also really love pink and purple and can mix patterns like no one else. You love the Hamilton Soundtrack (who doesn’t‽) and can tolerate your sister’s obsession with the Frozen and Moana soundtracks. You’re still taking piano…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Oldest Daughter on Your 9th Birthday”

A Letter to Our Oldest Daughter on Your 8th Birthday

How in the world are you already eight years old? We’ve had such a big year! We moved–again. Although, this one should be for good. Amelia, you’re a great kid. You get upset with your sister sometimes, but that’s understandable. You still love turquoise and making cozy little nests around the house with pillows and blankets. You’re slightly less picky about your foods. You love pizza, but also brussels sprouts and salad. You still hate crust. We’ve been on a couple of longer bike rides…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Oldest Daughter on Your 8th Birthday”

A Letter to Oldest Daughter on Your 7th Birthday

This has been a busy year. This is the year we are trying unschooling. It’s got pros and cons, but it’s been great getting to spend so much time with you. Your mom works really hard wearing all of the hats she has to wear and I know she really appreciates your help. You’re so good with your little sister. She doesn’t know how to share and gets really frustrated with you and you’re so patient and kind. You always forgive her. She’s been doing…Continue Reading “A Letter to Oldest Daughter on Your 7th Birthday”

A Letter to Our Oldest Daughter on Your 6th Birthday

Every year I am amazed by how much older you are and how much you’ve grown. You are 6. It’s been six years since you were born. Six years! One Saturday this year you woke up early, fed the dog and the cat, then let the dog out all by yourself. Then you poured me a cup of chocolate soymilk, and set out the plates for breakfast. It was just such a big kid thing to do. You were so proud of yourself. This past…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Oldest Daughter on Your 6th Birthday”

A Letter to Our Daughter on Your 5th Birthday

I can’t believe you are five years old. I can’t believe how much has happened in the past 12 months. Amelia, you are becoming a really sweet and thoughtful little girl. You constantly have more questions than we have answers and your constant energy is exhausting. You started Pre-K this past August and so far you really seem to be enjoying it. Each day you come home and tell me a little something about your day and what you learned. It’s usually pretty brief and…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Daughter on Your 5th Birthday”

A Letter to Our Daughter on Your 4th Birthday

You are 4. Four years old. It’s been a long year and we’ve asked a lot of you. We asked you to leave your home and leave behind your best friend, your school, and your cousins to move halfway across the country. It wasn’t easy for any of us, but least of all you. You’ve handled it really well and now that you’re 4 it’s really starting to show how much you’ve grown. You love your new preschool, though your mom and I have our…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Daughter on Your 4th Birthday”

A Letter to Our Daughter on Your 3rd Birthday

You were supposed to be born around February 2nd. So January 25th started just like any other day, except that your mom and I slept incredibly well. For the last few weeks of her pregnancy your mom had not slept well. She was uncomfortable and worried about having you. When we woke up that Friday morning we had breakfast together and talked about how we’d both slept deeply and soundly. Your mom felt great. I left for work before 7am, and your mom went back…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Daughter on Your 3rd Birthday”