As old-fashioned as the word sounds, one of my favorite ways to describe Madeline is delightful.
Another favorite is enchanting. It makes me think of "You Got Mail" and twirling and my daughter.
When I think of her, I think of how much joy she brings to us.
She sings around the house.
She loves to be scared by her daddy.
She prefers her socks to not match.
She drinks tea with me in the morning.
She is as girly as a 4-year-old girl can be and believes her brother needs to be jazzed up at every opportunity.
She is beautiful.
She is giggly and lovely and a hugger.
She is determined to teach her brother about everything in life.
We went to a baby shower yesterday for Erin and her coming-soon Ellie Kate. (Isn't that the cutest name??)
Madeline loves Erin and I do too.
The shower was super thoughtful and beautiful. One of the activities was to fill out a wish list for Ellie Kate. (Kinda of like a sentimental mad libs where everyone completed the same set of questions. Super adorable. Go ahead. Steal the idea. It's worth it.)
I wrote one and then asked Madeline to fill one out. It was a glimpse into her heart and I realized I need to ask her questions like these more often. Here's what she chose.
Dear Ellie Kate,
I hope you learn the ABCs.
I hope you aren't afraid of lions.
I hope you love Mommy.
I hope you get an American girl doll.
I hope you laugh at knock-knock jokes.
I hope you never forget to go to The Children's Museum.
I hope you ignore not nice things.
I hope you become a doctor.
I hope you respect your friends.
I hope you grow up and be a chef.
Oh, Madeline. I'm so glad you laugh at knock-knock jokes and realize it's important in life to go to The Children's Museum and learn the ABCs. I hope you always ignore the not nice things. I love you and you can be anything you want when you grow up.