And the best part??? Once again on one of our hikes we did NOT see any brown tree snakes...a very good thing!
Today is Melissa's ninth birthday. I think all in all she had a good day. We actually celebrated last night. Her best friend here, Katherine, and her family came over for dinner. Her other good friend Frankie (yep - a girl named Frankie) was here as we were keeping her over night due to her parents being away from the base for the day. Her cake looked like a crown....for the princess she is!
Some of my best memories of Melissa:
age just 10 months or so - her running into church one Wednesday night just laughing, so happy with life
age two - sharing her french fries with William after he ate all of his his...what two year old shares her fries??!! What a generous heart.
age three - her and I trying on shoes at Value City Clothes...really high heels and very gaudy shoes, but we just laughed and had the time of our lives while the boys were looking at boy stuff.
age three - picking out a pumpkin and then immediately posing for I could take her picture
age four - so sad some days while waiting for William to return home from kindergarten
age five - starting school herself - so happy to be riding the bus with her big brother
age seven - driving up to church with Drew who was home from Iraq for his R & R and she says," Well, it took six months, but we FINALLY got daddy back to church!" Is that my sense of humor or what!??
age eight just after we got here to Guam - her sitting on the bench at the beach enjoying a snack and talking and talking about how much fun she just had snorkeling, "I could talk about this forever!", she said. Such a happy girl!!
I never thought I would be blessed with a girl - I thought I would have only boys, but God in His wonderful wisdom gave me a little girl that loves life and is always up for adventure to find something new...like waterfalls....and shopping....she's like her momma in that she's always up for shopping.
Thank you, Lord, for such a beautiful part of my like - our family wouldn't be complete with out her.