Happy 1st Birthday, Little Miss Charlotte Gray!!! Today is your big day, sweet precious girl!
I am blessed beyond measure and revel in the abundant grace of God because He chose to place you in our care. I have the pleasure of kissing your sweet chubby cheeks each day. My heart overflows with joy when I hear your funny little giggle when your big brothers and sister act out something silly just for you. You do these funny arm flaps when you are excited, or when you see food. You love music and try to imitate it with a sweet sound - "da da dadada..." (it resembles the Darth Vader song. LOL). You love attention! You tilt your fuzzy little noggin to the side and give a sweet sideways grin at anyone who is watching. It's a definite attention-grabber no matter where we go. I love your dark hair, which is getting quite long now, and your expressive dark brown eyes. You study things closely and intently trying to figure out the world around you. You light up when Daddy comes home and gives you kisses. I love how you and your sister melt Daddy's heart.
Today, we all celebrated your birthday with dinner at Silver Spoon Cafe. You loved the bread with butter. Daddy couldn't shovel it into your mouth fast enough. You enjoyed a sampling of spaghetti and french fries. We topped it off with a peanut butter ice cream pie. And then, the most special thing happened! After I took you, Lily, Griffin and Schaeffer to the van while Daddy was waiting for our server to bring the check, a very kind-hearted lady stopped by to talk to Daddy. She said you and your brothers and sister were perfectly sweet together, well-behaved, and interacted so kindly toward one another. Daddy testified to God's grace and blessings in our lives. And when our server brought the check to our table, he explained that someone had paid for our entire meal because they said our children were so precious. Perhaps it was the lady who shared the encouraging words, or perhaps it was someone else. But we will always remember the kindness expressed on your very special day!
I pray that you grow into a lovely woman who loves, fears, and serves the Lord all the days of your life!