We had a very fun weekend last weekend. It was Clara's birthday. She turned five. Although it is absolutely shocking to have a five year old--somehow this makes me a "real" parent--I am thrilled to be Clara's mom and to know that she is the first little person that God chose to entrust to Owen and I. I look back at who I was as a first time mom 5 years ago, to the kind of mom I am today and wonder if I would recognize myself! Parenthood has a way of shaping and changing people...I am SO glad too. Clara's strong will, zest for life, enthusiasm, spirited fierceness has placed me on my knees on so many occasions. I would not trade her or the things learned through being her parent for anything!
This year I did a very small drop off party with 2 cousins and one friend. It was perfect! Clara was the life of the party--she had the girls laughing all night. To watch her soak up the attention (appropriately) and enjoy the night that we had planned together brought such joy to (our) my heart.
Clara shares her birthday with her Great Grandpa, which is just about the most special thing ever. To celebrate we had them over and Grandma Joy bough pizza and Uncle Isaac made chocolate cake. We celebrated the two of them together.