has turned into this beautiful, joyful little girl. A four-year-old girl.
Avery turned four on April 2 (I'm just a *tad* behind here). Even though the transition to four was hard, she is an absolute joy and blessing in our lives. Her spontaneity and exuberance for life are refreshing. She keeps us laughing constantly. She is strong and independent and confident, but she also still needs us for security and isn't afraid to ask for that. She loves to read, to draw, to dance. She is creative, and silly, and sweet-natured. She loves her family. She values her space in regards to sharing with Eleanor, but many times we find her going out of her way to help her sister. She is a collector of things - they go around everywhere with her in various purses and baskets and boxes. Her imagination is strong and wild. Some days we are all gorillas or chickens or cows (not my favorite one). Some days she is a doctor, and we are all down with fevers and need medicine. She is quick to say "I love you"; affection is offered frequently. She is smart and quick-witted. Avery talks non-stop - we timed her once, and she could only be quiet for 12 seconds. She is phasing out of naps, but still has quiet time every day (or room time, as it's not always quiet). She is still picky as an eater. She continues to adore jewelry and all related accessories. One day she wore a plain headband to Bible study and made sure her teachers knew that the sparkly one was just at home, as if to say, "But I'm still Avery, even without the sparkles." She jumps and bounces and wiggles and dances her way through life. Not every day is easy, but every day is a blessing. Thank you, God, for this beautiful, amazing child.