she's TWO...

This afternoon, we are having a very special Mickey Mouse birthday party for a very special little girl that lives in our home.

Amalou Watts Alexander turned two years old on Sunday, December 1 at 6:31 p.m. CST. I cannot believe my sweet little girl is two years old.

Mat and I (along with many, many faithful friends and family members) had prayed for Watts for so long-- for many weeks before she was even conceived. I wanted a little girl so badly. I remember telling Mat so many times how I wanted a child, and he and I felt the bitterness from many weeks of "unsuccessful" trying. The Lord was faithful-- in His own time, but He was so faithful.

Ama-Watts was born on a cold, Thursday evening in Louisville, Kentucky more than two years ago. And looking back now, I am so thankful that it's HER. I can't imagine anyone else being our oldest child and my first daughter.

Amalou Watts, your momma loves you too, too much. You are, without a doubt, a CONSTANT source of laughter and pride for your daddy and me. You bring us uncounted joy and show us such a unique, sweet perspective on the world.

I am so thankful that you are independent. You are not afraid of anything. You are so brave...much braver than I am. That is such a blessing. I hope you always are a go-getter and not afraid to show the world who you are, because who you are is unlike anyone else. And that is a good thing!

I am also thankful that you are such a happy kid. You love, love, love life. As soon as you wake up, you go hard, and you go hard all day until it's time to sleep again. I've never seen anyone who can get as much joy out of the little things as you do. I pray you are always like that.

You have the sweetest voice I've ever heard. My heart breaks into a million joyful pieces when you say, "Hi Mauw. What doin'?" (You call me "Mauw" which is what you used to call "Mickey Mouse", so I know it's a term of endearment.) You also have the sweetest way of saying "Mums-see" and "a Pop!" And of course, I cannot help but smile so big when you talk about your daddy and when I mention Gran V.

And speaking of daddy, you are such a big daddy's girl. When we go to church, you find him right away and wrap those sweet little arms around his big legs with the biggest smile on your face. Your daddy loves you so much. He tells me so many times every single day about what a cool kid you are and how much he loves you. You'll never know how much he loves you. You are blessed to have him as your father.

You love so many different and funny things: ketchup, chips, your Brooks Brothers lamb ("Lambie"), socks and shoes, being naked, taking showers and getting wet in general, being a "big girl" and "I do it!", sitting in big chairs, my camera, watching Mickey Mouse, Doc and Henry Hugglemoster, Oreos and chicken, getting in the big bed with Mommy and Daddy, sitting in your chair in the living room, going somewhere, spending the night with Gran V and Pop, playing blocks, going night-night, and being cuddled...sometimes. If you're in the mood. :)

You are such a sweet girl, but you are also stubborn and strong-willed. You always know what you want, and you are passionate about what you want when you want it. I pray that these qualities will be refined as you grow and as your character develops. I pray that the Lord will save you at an early age and keep you from sin and hardship. I pray that your life will be an offering to Christ Jesus, and that your life will make much of His Kingdom.

And that's my biggest prayer for you. I pray that your Daddy and I can help you grow and point you toward Christ-- that we will set an example for you that will lead you to the Lord, and that you will taste and see how good HE IS, and that you will follow Him all of the days of your life...no matter what or how that may be.

My sweet Wattsie girl, have I told you that I love you? Two years and nine months ago, the Lord saw fit to create you in my womb and to give your Daddy and I a gift that we will never be able to thank Him enough for-- even after we've spent 10,000 years in Heaven. Two years and nine months ago, you were created. And two years and almost a week ago you were born, and you were beautiful, just like you are now. Every single day, I kiss and hug and love on you like there's no tomorrow, and I will continue to do so as long as you'll let me, and even if there's a day that you won't let me, I'll probably do it anyway, because you are a gift from the Lord. Besides salvation and marriage, you are the best kind of gift. A little girl to love. My Wattsie. Oh, how I love you. I'll always love you, little girl.

Happy two years birthday, Ama-Watts! Your daddy and I love you so very much.

*All photos courtesy of Erin Cobb Photography, Huntsville, Alabama.

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