Sunday, December 21, 2008

Four

Yep, that how old my baby turned almost two weeks ago. How can it be, when it feels like she just turned three??? Waaaaahhhh!

So, Makenna is four. She is this little girl now, totally having lost the toddler thing long ago. How did that happen without me realizing it fully?? She is growing a ton, and smart, and sweet (mostly :)) and funny, and crazy. I just really and truly can not believe that she has been our lives for almost FOUR years already. The time has just flown by.
And, yet every year when this time rolls around I can't help but think about the person(s) on the other side of the world who have made heart-wrenching decisions and sacrifices that allow me to be the person she calls Mommy. Even after four years my mind just can't wrap around that. But, I am blessed beyond belief to be the one who kisses her goodnight each night and to see her smiling (usually:)) face each day. And, I forget that occasionally when I am exhausted from parenting her some days. She is a challenge for sure, but the reward is sweet. See for yourself. Some random pics of my sweet girl from the last couple of weeks(and yes I realize that it's winter where we live, but we pretend it summer sometimes and wear sundresses as evidenced below). And, no I do not make her pose all of the time, she comes by it pretty naturally--scarily naturally!

9 comments:

rebekah said...

I totally want Quinn to marry Makenna. Yes, I know I've said that before, but I really want it!

Nancy said...

Happy birthday beautiful Makenna. Wow, I am pretty amazed that she is 4 already too! Love the photos Kari. You take such good ones.

cathy said...

she is beyond beautiful...

yes, they grow up fast but each age is such a blast!!!

Nicole Anderson said...

Happy Birthday Makenna! She is so beautiful! I can not believe she is 4 either!

Christina said...

Happy Birthday Makenna! Good grief, that girl is photogenic.

Jess said...

Happy Bithday to the four year old cutie! The time really is flying by! We do need to get Emma and Makenna together one of these days...they sound so much alike!

2girls said...

She is a beautiful little person inside and out.

Tarah said...

Kari,
Makenna is so cute. Her smile is so memorable. She was little when we were going through our process.

WHat a gorgeous family!!!

Kerry and Tom said...

happy birthday Makenna. where does the time go. She is so pretty
I was so happy I got to see you and your family last weekend. It made my holidays complete