All Grown Up

November 5, 2007 at 11:00 pm (Parenting)

My brain is already partial in Mexican Cruise mode but I couldn’t leave without a post for the birthday girl. My dear sweet Natalie turned 5 last week – I am officially not allowed to call her "baby" anymore.

She began preparations for her "5 Birthday Party" about 90 minutes after the last guest left from her 4 Birthday Party. The theme changed about 30 times in those 364 days, including the day we bought party supplies at Wal-Mart. It could be because mom ever-so-subtlety promoted the "Barbie Island Princess" so  we would not have to make a separate trip to the party store to find My Little Pony. (I wouldn’t have done it if she didn’t love the movie 🙂

We have a tradition of waking up the birthday child the morning of their actual birthday with a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" and one gift. This year it was the Veggie Tales nativity set. Yes, she’s a little old for Veggie Tales but she fell in love with it while I was at the Christian book store a few weeks ago and it’s all she’s talked about. That and the Princess Rosella Sing Along Styling Head (which she now has thanks to Grammie and PaPa). This is her pretending to be grumpy when in reality she had been half way out the room 30 seconds before she remembered she was supposed to be "sleeping."

The actual party was the next day and she had a blast with all of her friends and got lots of fun presents including a HSM Gabriella doll which mom sings along too 🙂


It has been such a joy to watch her personality develop as she grows. She has always been an energetic, happy and joyful little girl. The kind that gets "She’s so cute" comments from strangers wherever we go. But more than that she has developed into such a kind hearted girl. She will literally give away a brand new toy if she thinks that another kid doesn’t have nice toys.

For the last year if you asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up she would have said "A Princess….or a teacher."  Not surprising for a 5 year old. A few weeks ago that changed and now she has decided that she is going to "Be a missionary so I can tell everyone about Jesus." While driving to school last week she regaled me with her plans to get a basket (a REALLY big basket) and fill it with Bibles so that everyone who didn’t know about Jesus could have a Bible. Brings tears to a proud mama’s eyes!

Happy Birthday Natalie! We’re so proud of you.



  1. green3 said,

    Happy Birthday!!!

  2. Aunt Jenny said,

    She is so precious! I am so proud of her, praise the Lord for her faith! Our little missionary to tell the world! I love her so much!

  3. Cathy Gumm said,

    She is certainly precious. Of course I am prejudice but there is a reason. She really is precious! I can see her now with her big, big basket. She will always be your baby though.

  4. Stacey said,

    That brought tears to my eyes! I love that little girl and I’m so proud of her! Happy Birthday Natty!!

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