Letter to My 4 Years Old Sweet Eliana

My sweet Eliana

I cannot believe you are 4 years old. As I looked through your pictures and videos from past years, I can see that you have truly grown a lot in every way possible and probably beyond your years.

My sweet baby girl, yes, you will always be my ‘baby’ girl. These letters are getting harder and harder to write. Not because I do not know what to say but because I am addressing them to a more matured, bigger and independent little girl as each year passes.

So, time is of the essence to nurture, raise and guide you in the right path and teach you to truly live a well fulfilled life pleasing to God and that which will allow you to reach your full potential and fulfill your purpose.
This past year, like I mentioned earlier, I feel like you have grown a tremendous amount. Speaking academically to your independence in doing things yourself, to the kinds of conversations we have, and I will not be doing you justice if I don’t mention your little sassy personality.

I have watched you become self-sufficient in the big and little things such as; dressing yourself, saying prayers, cleaning up after yourself, taking care of your brother, helping mommy in the kitchen, and just all around new level of independence. Even though it’s hard to say it, needing less of my time and doing it on your own is just another reminder of how fast you're growing.

With that said, you still very much enjoy mommy and me time and you do not want it to end when we have it. Whether it’s reading a book together, doing activities in your learning center, coloring or just any moment where it is just the two of us. If you had your way you would go on every grocery/shopping trip with me. But, the way I’m set up right now, I like to be in and out. So maybe when you get older, that may become a thing for us.
You are very fond and protective of your brother and you have adjusted quite well to having someone to share things with as he grows older.

You remain a picky eater and that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon. I am less worried about this aspect of you as I was before. Reasons being, you seem to be growing like you’re supposed to and the doctors have no worries. Secondly, now that I think about it, you got this trait from me. Not sure if I was this bad, but I was a picky eater as well, even up until college, wouldn’t try certain things just based on how they looked. It took me that long to shed that part of me and explore more delicious food, I hope it doesn’t take you that long as you are missing out on a lot of good food. So, I am not so hard on you or myself when you refuse to try new food. With time, it will come to you.
This is my prayer for you.
That you learn not only to be self sufficient but to be reliant on God for guidance and protection. To know that you can call upon Him anytime and He'll always be there. To learn to have a heart that leans not on the way of the world but onto the word of God.

My sweet baby girl,  everyday with you has been a joy and as my first child you have opened my eyes to a new perspectives, giving life a new meaning.

I love you baby girl, today and everyday!

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