Happy 9th Birthday, Jayla

Dear Jayla,

It’s hard to believe you are already 9 years old. I think I type something similar every single year as I write your birthday letter because time is not slowing down even though we wish it would every now and then.

You always tell me that you aren’t growing up, and you aren’t leaving home because you want to stay with me forever. I’m starting to believe the second part since you still sleep snuggled up beside little Lucy and me every single night.

You say it’s my fault that you don’t want to sleep in your own bed because I’m the one who put you in my bed the day you came home from the NICU. I guess you do have a point.

All of your siblings accuse you of being my favorite because you are always close by my side. You never want to be too far away, and even though I don’t play favorites, I’m thankful you love me so well.

I’m sure there will be a day when you spread your wings and fly on your own. But, right now, I’m soaking up every minute I have with you. You know how to love in a fierce way. We’ve been through a lot these past few months with losing Papaw Paul and Grandma P., but the sadness has brought us closer. I’m thankful we have each other to lean on. I love you so much sweet girl.

Love Always,

Mommy 💕

Psalm 4:8 – I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

Birthday Interview:

How old are you? 9
What is your favorite food? Tacos
What do you hope you never have to eat again? Pickles
What is your favorite thing to do? Ride horses
What is your favorite animal? Dog
What makes you happy? Mommy and Daddy and my family
What is the best memory from when you were 8? Spending time with Mommy
What is one thing you’d like to do while you are 9? Hike to the top of Molly’s Knob
What would you like to be when you grow up? A doctor
What is your favorite song? Love Broke Thru by Toby Mac
Where is your favorite place to eat? Taco Bell
What is your favorite book? To Kill a Mockingbird
Where would you like to go on vacation? Disney What do you want the whole world to know? The Lord loves you.

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