Laurel has grown up so much this year! She has started to really come into her own, and we’re seeing her personality shine through more and more every day. She is sweet, kind, responsible, and an overall good kid.
She loves to read, color, play dress up, play games, and is really into anything girly.
She lost 5 teeth this year.
She learned how to read and how to swim really well. She can dive down to the bottom now and easily can swim across the whole pool.
She went to her first overnight camp at Lonesome Dove Ranch and LOVED it.
She did AWESOME in school this year. She frequently had the most points of anyone in her class and scored great on all testing (90% or above in almost all areas). She once told me, “Mom, when we have to do quiet Colts, I’m the first quiet Colt.” I wasn’t surprised by this in the slightest. She’s a rule follower! Her teacher was always telling me what a leader she is. I hope she always is a leader and good example for others!
This girl just naturally has a lot of really great traits, and I find myself coaching her more than correcting her, if that makes sense.
She is one of the most thoughtful children I know. She is always looking for ways to help and bless and give. She is constantly making notes for people and always remembers to say how thankful she is. All the time I hear, “Thank you for everything you give us, mom.” She’s thankful all the time, for no reason at all other than she’s simply feeling thankful and wants to let me know.
She is exceedingly kind. She is the kind of friend that sits with her friends at recess if they’re sad and walks with them to the nurse if they get hurt. She speaks and acts kindly towards everyone she meets. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her be intentionally mean to anyone, not even her siblings.
She’s a great oldest child. And I mean GREAT! She is helpful and responsible and makes my life so much easier. She’s my rule follower and rule enforcer – so awesome with two little brothers, she keeps them in line when I’m not around. But she’s also a really great big sister to them. She hugs them when they cry. She’s always willing to help them and play with them, and she teaches them like it’s her job, haha.
Awhile back our case manager, Janna, used the word “obsessed” and Laurel asked her what it meant. Janna explained that obsessed means you really, really love something, to which Laurel replied, “oh well then I’m obsessed with God and Jesus.” And y’all, she really is. Her favorite day of the week is Sunday and I frequently catch her lying in her bed reading her Bible. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness to her, in drawing her to Him and so many other things.
Obviously the biggest event to occur in her last year of life is getting adopted! She has handled all of the change in her life this past year with such resilience. She knows more than she should at her tender age, yet she speaks about foster care, adoption, and her life in general with such frankness that it still surprises me at times.
Looking through pictures of her from this year you can see how much she’s grown up! She’s lost the “baby” look and turned into a young girl.
Happy birthday, Laurel!
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