Happy 9th Birthday Chaney!

Happy 9th Birthday Chaney!

Dear Chaney,

This is your last year of single digits.  Next year you will be two whole hands.  Remember when we thought it was really cool when you were one whole hand.  Time seems to be slowly going faster and our little girl is slowly going away and turning into a little lady.

This last school year you finished second grade.  You had a great year and a very good teacher.  It seems as though you may have been the tallest person in your class again.  I think that it a title you may hold for a while.  At recess you sometimes play with the girls but can mostly be found playing tag or baseball with the boys.  

This past year you played two more seasons of soccer and a season of basketball.  Soccer seems to be your passion.  Goalie maybe a perfect fit for you.  Your desire to get better carries over here at home. Some evenings we find you outside with your soccer gear on and dribbling the ball through cones.  (I can remember doing the exact same thing with a basketball in my hand.)  I hope you continue to love the sport and use it as an outlet.  

You also finished your third year of Awanas.  I'm sure that you have memorized more verses then your dad and I combined.  I'm not sure what next year holds, you say that you are over Awanas so we'll see how that goes.

In the last year you have been more interested in helping me cook and do stuff in the kitchen.  Now you can make your own eggs for breakfast...when you want too;-)  You love to help out and are the first to always say "Thank you" when we do something fun.  You are a great helper with the younger kids.  Paislee thinks the sun rises and sets in you.  She is especially excited now that she gets to share a room with you.  You are sweet most of the time but do have an ornery streak when it comes to Tucker.  You two love to compete and butt heads all the time.  Funny thing is that you are each other's biggest cheerleader.  You both can be the best of friends or the worst of enemies in a matter of seconds.  I guess that is what happens when your sibling is like your best friend.

It's so much fun to watch you grow up.  Sometimes I feel like it's looking in a mirror at myself at your age.  The way you hang around and try to listen to our (your dad and I) conversations reminds of something I used to do.  You like to be "in the know."  

Chaney, you are so much fun to be with.  I love our deep conversations where I can literally see the wheels turing in your head to understand what we are talking about.  I love kicking around a soccer ball with your or shooting hoops in the gym.  I love our time together.

We hope you know how much you are loved.  You are an awesome big sister.  We could not ask for a better first born.  You are loved so much by us and by your heavenly Father.  We are blessed to call you ours.  We love you bunches Chaney Marie!

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