Our oldest daughter turned four at the beginning of November and loves it. In fact the moment she woke up she was already asking how soon she would be five and when she would become older than Liam, which really sums up Ariana’s personality a bit. This child was born with a desire to be a mommy, and she loves playing mama hen with all her siblings, including her older one. Though obviously this can quickly turn into bossing, her little heart is soft and compassionate. She is like her mommy and is a sympathetic cryer, not able to handle sorrow displayed by others well. In fact, there have been several times her sympathy has undone training-in-progress with our other children. For instance, when our babies are able to sign or talk, we require them to communicate in this way instead of crying for what they want. I can recall several times when I was trying to get a hard-hearted little one to say “cup” instead of screaming for the cup, only to notice soon afterward that they suddenly had a cup. Ariana would be so sad that they were crying that she would “bless” them by providing the cup for them, not understanding how mommy could be so cold to her children. 🙂
Ariana is full of happiness and energy. Her smile is huge, gorgeous, and almost always displayed. She runs (read “bounces”) everywhere she goes and is a full-time dancer and dress-up queen. On days I am bedridden with a flare-up, this child can make me smile and laugh in spite of any hardships with her perpetual giggling and hugs. I am often challenged by her joy and servant’s heart. We are thankful for the sweetness she brings to our family and humbled by the fact that God gave her to us. We love our little Ariana and love celebrating her and all our children.