A Life Stirred

My Dear Claire

on June 27, 2014

Dear Baby Claire,

Happy birthday, kiddo!  Today, you are one year old!  I can hardly believe you’ve been in our family for a whole year.  It seems simultaneously shorter and longer than that.  It has been so much fun getting to know you and your special, unique personality.

Wasn't this just yesterday?

Wasn’t this just yesterday?

Claire Bear, you have definitely earned your nickname, “Bear.”  You have a level of intensity about you that is hard to describe.  You and your big sis already wrestle…except you’re the only one wrestling!  When you get excited about something, your whole body tenses up, and it can be hard to hold on.  You also seem to be relatively fearless.  This past week, you’ve started climbing!  Help me!

It's Claire Bear!!

It’s Claire Bear!!

I feel like we are just starting to get to know you, Claire.  But in this past year, you have given us a lot of glimpses into your personality and preferences….

You enjoy entertaining others.  You will do silly things to get a laugh.

You enjoy entertaining others. You will do silly things to get a laugh.

You have a giving spirit.  You will often hand us whatever you’re holding without prompting.  Even if it’s something you really like.   (You're handing me Legos in this picture.)

You have a giving spirit. You will often hand us whatever you’re holding without prompting. Even if it’s something you really like. (You’re handing me Legos in this picture.)

You adore your big sister.    You are best friends!!

You adore your big sister. You are best friends!!

After months of not-sleeping-like-a-normal-person, you are actually a good sleeper now.  You and sis share a room, AND you’re sleeping through the night!!

After months of not-sleeping-like-a-normal-person, you are actually a good sleeper now. You and sis share a room, AND you’re sleeping through the night!!

Claire Annabelle, your name means “clear beautiful grace,” and that truly is a perfect description of your first year.  God has shown our family clear, beautiful grace by giving us a second daughter—healthy, strong, laid-back, easy-going, and full of spunk (which we are seeing more and more of every day).  You are a gift from God, and we are so thankful for you.

Happy birthday, Bear-Bear.

Happy birthday, Bear-Bear.

Love,

Mommy, Daddy, and Joanna

 

 

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