today is a special someone’s birthday.
today she is no longer 6.
it’s time to change my hashtag for her from #6goingon16 to #7goingon17.
and yet it seems like it was just yesterday that we brought her home from the hospital.

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she was an angel baby.
in the hospital.
not so much when we got home.
nursing for hours at a time.
hourS plural.

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she’s been a strong willed child from day one.
well, perhaps from day two – the day we brought her home from the hospital.
one day that strong-willed streak will be  a blessing.
an immense blessing.

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this girl is sweet,
and so much more.

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she loves school.
she loves teachers.
she loves people.
she makes friends wherever we go.
she loves life.
she loves adventure.
she loves to try new things.

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she has patiently endured soccer and t-ball.
she excitedly anticipated gymnastics.
and dance-cheer-chant.
and karate.
and soccer skills camp.

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she isn’t perfect (who among us is?).
she can cop a serious attitude.
she can be moody.
she can be stubborn.
she can be nosey.
she thinks she’s in charge.
she thinks she’s the mom.
she doesn’t like to work.
she hates chores that she HAS to do.
but she’s amazing despite those few short comings.

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this girl is a second mom to alex.
alex even calls her “mom” half the time!
she hovers and mothers alex -
and other “littler” kids -
with joy.
she happily jumps up to help when asked.
she has a smile on her face 95% of the time.

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her favorite colors are black, blue and red.
she enjoys gymnastics, soccer, and karate.
she’s about to take a drawing/art/cartooning class.

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she has multiple best friends.
and i LOVE that she is open to being friends with everyone.
she LOVES her family.
immediate and extended.
some of her happiest days are those spent with family members.

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she loves to go to the park.
she loves to be outside.
she loves to swim.
she loves to ride her bike.
and her scooter.
and her skateboard.
her favorite thing at the park are the monkey bars.
she used to be obsessed with them.

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she LOVES to dance.
but she never wants to take dance lessons when i offer.
she enjoys family hikes.
and walks.
and exploring new places.

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she loves to play school.
she’s always the teacher.
and house (which she calls “family”).
she loves to read and is at a 6th grade reading level.
this summer she read ALL of the Ramona Quimby books (by Beverly Cleary).
most recently, she’s enjoyed the Whatever After series.
and some original Babysitter’s Club.

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her favorite fast food is Jimmy Johns.
she asks to go there ALL. THE. TIME.
but she also loves Chick-Fil-A and McDonalds.

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she’s the only Munchkin (to date) to have broken a bone (her elbow).
she’s approximately 4’1″ tall and 45 lbs.
she’s wearing size 5-6 and 6-7 (depending on the brand).
her shoe size is 13 and 1 (again, brand dependent).

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this girl LOVES LOVES LOVES her sister.
and babies.
and toddlers.
i think she’s counting down the days until she can babysit.
i think she wishes she had more younger siblings.

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i love that she still wants me to help in her class.
i love that she still wants me to eat lunch with her at school.
i love that she still wants to hold my hand.
i love that she still wants hugs and kisses (on her cheeks).

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she is currently obsessed with ice skating.
she didn’t really enjoy bowling the one and only time she went.

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she loves to be going…
to be out….
to be moving.
she loves surprises.
she enjoys shopping.

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this girl has focus.

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she loves Jesus.
she loves music.

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she’s so grown up,
yet still my baby.
she likes high heels.
she likes long dresses.
she likes nightgowns.
she likes jeans.
she likes boots.

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for her birthday treat in class she asked for Dunkin Donuts.
specifically, she asked for pink, white and brown frosted donuts with sprinkles.
but she wanted a boston cream donut for herself.
i did the best i could.
which was pretty darn close.

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she still loves princesses.
and dolls.
but she’s morphing her interests to the barbie stage.
thankfully they make barbie-sized princesses!
she loves to watch movies and is starting to enjoy non-cartoon movies.
especially if they’re about gymnastics,
or ice skating.
that said, she’ll still (gladly) watch shows with Alex.
shows like octonauts,
word world, and
super why.

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in school,
she enjoys reading,
and geography.

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she’s a fashionista in her own right.
she knows what she wants and what she doesn’t.
i can’t shop for her without her opinion anymore.
she REALLY LIKES shoes.
she ALWAYS wants to try them on.
especially high heels.
her taste in dresses is VASTLY different from my own.
but i’m trying hard to let her choose her wardrobe pieces.

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she has an extremely tender heart for the well-being of others.
she doesn’t want anyone to be sick.

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this sweet girl lost a few more teeth this year.
she flew on an airplane (again!) this year.
she went camping (again!) this year.

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everytime i see this photo of samantha and her cousin amity,
i will remember amity’s sweet ballet dance moves,
while samantha sang My Country ‘Tis of Thee,
on the 4th of July
with most of Dave’s family watching.
and i will always remember uncle jeff’s wet eyes afterwards.
it was a sweet
and innocent
display of child-like wonder and entertainment.
and it was perfect.

this girl lives life to the fullest.
very little scares her.
she does struggle with going to bed “on time.”
part of the issue is she’s a night owl.
she needs a kiss on a cheek, a hug, a high ten, two high fives, and music every night.
many nights, though,
she’ll come back downstairs asking for medicine for her leg pains.
or she’ll ask her daddy to rub her leg.


she marches to the beat of her own drum.
i am simultaneously dreading and anticipating her teenage years.
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i think age 6 has treated you well,
sweet samantha.
i know you are eager to be 7.
and i know it will be a great year for you.
but try not to grow up TOO much, please.
at least, not too quickly.
this mommy loves you.
and needs you to stay little for at least another year.
mommy and daddy love you so very much.
we are so thankful that you are in our family.
we pray that you will continue to love Jesus and grow in your knowledge of Him.
continue to strive to do your best – we’ll never ask for more than that.
be diligent and persevere.
laugh and have fun.
run, dance, skip, and play.
enjoy your childhood – what few years remain.
don’t try to grow up so fast that you lose these precious days/years.
and always, always, always remember that SIX was a great year for you!
i love you bunches and bunches!
sweet sammy jj.
- love you, always your mommy

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One thought on “#6goingon16

  1. Though you would never know by the collection of photos here, your Nana has always been a large part of you life. At least I thought so. Love and miss you so much, little girl.

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