Saturday, 11 January 2014

Sweet Shyra

Dear Sweet Shyra!
Happy Birthday! Today you are 5 years old. You are growing up so fast! I still remember holding you when you were just a tiny baby! You were my very first niece, and I was so proud to be your Auntie!

I remember coming to play with you when you got a little older. It was very nice of your mom to find errands to run so that I could have you all to myself! We used to go out for walks together sometimes, and even though you were so little, you would walk the whole time by yourself. And sometimes we would pick those pretty white fluffy flowers and blow the fluff into the air. We had lots of fun doing that! Sometimes you would like to hold my hand, but most of the time you liked to walk by yourself and pick up sticks or whatever you saw that you thought was pretty. I remember one time a dog barked and barked at us and you were very afraid but you wouldn't stop looking at him. He kept barking and I tried to hold your hand and pull you away, but you kept standing there. You just wouldn't leave. Finally I just picked you up and carried you away! :)
I also remember playing with you in your room. We had lots of fun together in there! You had lots of pretty toys to play with. Sometimes you would hide under your bed and I would find you, and sometimes we would read books or watch Shrek! I miss those fun times!

I am very glad that your mom and dad brought you to my house for a sleepover! It was fun having you here and I liked playing The Little Mermaid Game with you. I forgot to give it to you before you left, but it is still in the drawer where we put it, so I will give it to you another time.

I wish that I lived closer to you so that I could see you more often. I would like to be able to have you all to myself for a little while. I would like to listen to you talk about the things you love. You are very creative and  I really like being with you. You are very beautiful, but what I like even better is that you have a beautiful heart. I think you have a very kind heart. Did you know that Jesus has a kind heart? Jeremiah 9:24b says,

I am the Lord who acts with kindness,
    justice, and righteousness in the world,
        and I delight in these things,
            declares the Lord.
So, that means that you have a heart like Jesus! And I think that is wonderful!
Shyra, my hope for you, is that you will continue to grow in kindness, and that your heart will become more and more like Jesus' heart, every day. I know that sometimes it is not easy to be kind, but if you keep practicing, you will get better and better. And do you know what? I am going to practice being kind, too! I will pray that God will help you and me to be kind. It will be a wonderful thing to watch you grow in God's kindness.
I want you to know that you are very special to me and I love you very much.
 I am so glad that I get to be your Auntie Mel!