Have you ever asked an almost six-year-old what she wants for her birthday? You might expect the answer to be something girlish, like a Barbie doll, or a new outfit. But ask this question at our house from our crazy Hallie, and she just might answer, Parmesan cheese. From anyone else that answer might be surprising, but from Hallie it's about par for the course. This little girl has been surprising us and keeping us laughing from day one.
Hallie is a full-blooded yellow, always looking to find the fun and humor in life, and she quite often has us all giggling at her quirky sense of humor (I swear it comes from her Dad's side, she has more of his quirks than mine). She put on quite the show tonight at her family birthday party as she exuberantly opened gifts from her everyone. You haven't lived until you've seen Hallie ham it up for a party, but in this case there was a bit of cheese with her ham. You see, last week when Hallie's Grandma Jo asked her what she wanted for her birthday, Hallie told her that she wanted Parmesan cheese. And Grandma Jo came through with the cheese, and Hallie, upon opening the wrapped cheese, acted as if she'd received shredded gold. That's why we love our little peanut.
Last week, one night as I was laying in bed it hit me that my baby would be turning six. I'd be lying if I didn't say that there were tears on my pillow that night. I never knew how hard it would be for me to see my children grow older, and know that they won't be under my protecting wing forever. I'm trying my very best to soak up the time I have with my kids, and not take it or them for granted. Hallie came to our family at a time when I questioned whether or not I could handle another child so close to my first, but my vision was short, and the Lord knew exactly what our family needed. We needed a Hallie girl, and we couldn't imagine our life, or our family without her. Happy Birthday Peanut, we love you and your cheesy ways!