It is truly hard to believe that Maddie is 5 years old. A whole hand’s worth of birthdays! Five years of tucking her into bed. Five years of singing songs, praying prayers, playing games. Goodness. It has flown by, and yet we have just so, so many memories! This birthday has hit me hard. I am just overwhelmed by God’s kindness towards us. We do not deserve this special gift! Oh, our Madelyn. If you know her, you know that she is a sweet and kind and compassionate girl. A girl who loves to sing and dance and tell stories. A girl who loves to care for her brother and sister and would do just about anything to make you smile or laugh. We are totally in love with this girlie.
As a family, we have decided to throw a big birthday party every 4 years, and celebrate as a small family every year in between. Well this year was a BIG party year. Maddie decided (which was a very long and arduous task for my sweet girl to decide and STICK with her decision!?!) on having a Wizard of OZ themed costume birthday party. YES! The moment the decision was final I started right away making notes. I loved this movie growing up and we have showed Maddie and AJ the happy version (the movie with all the wicked witch scenes skipped :)) many times. Maddie was in charge of the guest list, and was allowed to invite a few girlfriends to have a sleepover after the party. I think I’m still recovering from the late night 😉 We had a blast and are grateful for the many guests who came, and a special thanks to those who dressed up! Maddie loved that!