Happy Birthday, Jenna!



“Happy Birthday, Jenna!”
“Thanks Lauren….Happy Birthday Lauren!”
She exhales and crawls into my lap.
“Did you get me a present?”
She crawls down to the floor and I hand her a bag full of sandals that match mine, (because she insisted that it was a “great idea” for her birthday gift), a purple tutu, a polk-a-dot swimsuit, and a kit full of nail polish, lip gloss, and chap stick.
“WOW! Thanks, Lauren!”
I can tell that she’s overwhelmed with excitement and she surrounds herself with each gift as she sits on her knees and goes around and around picking up each object over and over again. I sit on the couch and cover myself with a blanket.
“Lauren, I want to sit with you.” “Lauren? I love you, Lauren.”

As the age of four approached I would swear to you that Jenna and I became closer and closer. It was like I could see the age of three fading, and honestly, I’d be fine never seeing it again. Time-outs aren’t as often, and definitely not as dramatic. She’s now empathetic to the things she says to me, her family, and her friends. And now, more than ever, she makes a point to tell me throughout the day that she loves me, usually followed by a hug or a kiss each time. I told Jenna’s mom today that I love her and her brother so much now that I can’t even imagine what it will feel like to have kids of my own one day. I know that my heart will expand beyond measure, but I can’t even fathom that…it’s already expanded beyond words. They have me wrapped around their fingers. Without a doubt.

Jenna, 
The day I started watching you I was hooked. Your dancing…your singing..your outfits! Your big brown eyes melt my heart every single time I look at you, which honestly makes it hard to discipline you sometimes. I love you for being so strong-willed, even though it’s our biggest struggle. I look at you and I see a reflection of myself. In fact, almost every time I call my own mother to tell her a story about you, she laughs and says, “That sounds familiar!” A girl that loves wearing dresses, but loves playing with boys. A girl who can cry at the drop of a dime, but isn’t afraid to speak her mind…AT ALL. I know you’re in my life to teach me a big lesson, Jenna. I will figure it out one day, but I’m extremely thankful for the small lessons you teach me each day. Nobody makes me laugh more than you do.
As I end this post I think of a song that makes me think of you every single time I hear it, and it also happens to be your favorite song these days, which is incredibly fitting…
“Oh darlin’ don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up, just stay this little. Oh darlin’ don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up, just stay this simple..”
You’re my girl! I love you. Happy 4th Birthday, sweet, sweet girl!
Lauren


Comments

  1. oh my goodness… so sweet. the dancing pictures are just adorable. she’s so lucky to have you, my special friend.

  2. What a sweet, sweet tribute. You’re amazing! And I love that song.

  3. Lauren, as I’ve said before, you are an absolutely amazing nanny. What a beautiful job you are doing with these sweet children. Their parents are so blessed to have you. Love this sweet post and the beautiful pictures of Jenna, the free spirit! :)

  4. Lauren, I do not have the words to express how much this means to me and Patrick. I do believe you were sent to us. There is no other explanation. You came to us at just the right time. Knowing that our children are being loved so unconditionally gives us so much peace. I meant it when I said you are part of our family. You are not just a Nanny, Lauren. You are helping to raise our children. Thank you.

    We love you dearly.

    Jenelle and Patrick

  5. Lauren,

    I don’t have the words to express just how much this means to Patrick and I. You definately were sent to us for a reason. You have provided a loving and stable environment for our children when they needed it the most. You are not just our Nanny, Lauren. You are helping to raise our children. I meant it when I said we consider you part of our family. We always will. Knowing that our children are loved so unconditionally gives us so much peace. Thank you so much for all you do each day.

    We love you dearly.

    Jenelle and Patrick

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