Anna only (truly) cared about opening up maybe 40% of her presents, but she was happy over a few new toys, stuffed animals and books. Especially the play-doh, doctor kit and rain jacket.
The theme circulating around me this December was Jesus as Light in darkness. A light no darkness can overcome. A light like no other. A light that exposes, illuminates and guides. Beautiful. So thankful.
Things about Anna I don’t want to forget:
How she has learned to sign ‘more,’ but it isn’t the right one, but it doesn’t matter because she emphatically and correctly uses it when needed. And it’s cute. Especially when she went around the room at Papi’s birthday dinner grabbing bites of everyone’s chocolate cake.
How today all the way home from church John and I were belly laughing about something and she joined in, unable to help herself. Her laugh is one of the best sounds.
How she gets hooked on a book and wants to read it multiple times a day.
How she now likes to blow kisses and give hugs whenever we’re leaving somewhere.
How the words she knows and says are growing, including our favorites: ice, moon, cat, buddies, cheese, help, two.
How she can now understand when I say ‘two more’ of a snack or Owlegories episode. She repeats it back to me and holds up 2 fingers.
How she sits peacefully on John’s lap with such a contented look on her face as he sings hymns before bedtime.
How she sometimes looks up with a huge smile and an enthusiastic wave when I place her in the crib for naptime or bedtime.
How she wants 2-4 animal buddies with her when she sleeps.
How she loves to jump, and climb, and stretch, and be upside down, and be tossed and swung by John.