Thursday, March 7, 2013

Ava is 8!

I cannot believe I have an 8-year-old.  When did that happen?  In the blink of an eye, all my girls are growing by leaps and bounds.  Today Ava turns 8 - already I'm thinking that in a few short years she'll be driving and college bound.  Ack!

But for now, she's our sweet 8-year-old, full of life, creativity, and love.  When she doesn't have her nose stuck in a book (right now she has started on the Harry Potter series, and is almost finished with Book 2), Ava is busy drawing and making up her own little story books.  She also loves to entertain us from time to time in the evenings with her own plays and songs (Norah is usually her unwilling accomplice, lol).  

She is also very inquisitive.  Ava loves learning about animals - their habitats, what they eat, and how they live.  She has also discovered that age-old delight of finally understanding what adults are talking about - and we have discovered her "lurking" to listen in on our conversations.  

But most imporatant of all, she has decided to get baptized.  I am so thankful for her willingness to follow the Lord and to know of His love for her.  She loves reading her scriptures, going to Primary, and getting The Friend every month.  We do our best to teach her the gospel, but in many ways our children teach us about what is important.  I'm so thankful for Ava and the joy she is in our life.

Happy Birthday Ava!

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