she is joy personified.
she welcomes, breathless with excitement, each new moment of the day.
she feasts on kisses, is free with her hugs.
she is so pretty it hurts.
she is bossy (ahem – cough! — like her mama).
she keeps her daddy’s heart tucked in the crease of her elbow for safekeeping.
she sings scratchy, like Janis Joplin.
she chooses ridiculous names for her animals, but pronounces them with utter conviction.
she serves tea to guests and demands that they drink it.
a smoochy smoochy big sister …
and a hand-holding best friend
she is tutus and crawdads and an everyday reminder that there is always … ALWAYS … a reason to praise.
and today, we give thanks for all 3 years of her.
happy birthday, oLivia drae beasley.
you are loved much.