I come to write to our 2nd child, and I could fill up an entire page and feel like I still haven’t described her just right. Elliana is the most tender-hearted child and loves to take care of her babies and stuffed animals and her brother, but she is also pretty strong and if you get in her way while she is doing any of the previously mentioned things, watch out. Especially if she thinks Justus is in trouble or about to get hurt. If little brother is anywhere close to being in danger, Elliana becomes a mama bear ready to do anything necessary, even pick the little guy up by his neck, to save him.
Els also is extremely creative and loves to live life outside of the box. She always has a story to tell and a smile on her lips. She can make even the most serious person smile or laugh, and her eyes can light up an entire room. She doesn’t like to be the center of attention like Avery does; she would rather play with all the good toys while everyone else is worried about getting attention. Most of the time, we say she has her own little universe that seems way more fun than the one most of us live in! Life is a party for Elliana and wherever Elliana goes, she takes that party with her.
This summer, I have seen her grow up so much. She went from not liking the water to doing tricks going down the slides. She began the summer scared to try to swim in the deep end and now is swimming all over the deep end with just a noodle. She has mastered riding the bike, even with all the uneven sidewalks around here! She is also incredibly independent and prefers to do most things on her own. She likes to wear clothes inside out or backwards because she likes the pockets that go on your bottom to be in front so she can put “treasures” in them.
Elliana, your tenderness towards others, your excitement towards life, and your love of all things adventurous is something to be admired. I thank God he put you in our family and pray that you will come to know Him and have a relationship with Him. Your prayers lately have consisted of things such as “Jesus, help me not to be scared when a bear comes at me because I know that you are always with me and will protect me from getting eaten.” Although the prayer made your dad and I smile, I pray that this understanding and awareness of the goodness of Christ will never leave you. You are our sunshine, and I’m so grateful you are a part of our family. Thanks for pushing your older sister out of her box, for taking care of your younger brother, and, most of all, for just being you. We love you!!
Here’s a short video of Elliana over the past couple of weeks. I think min 4-5 show her personality the best. Enjoy =)