Monday, June 10, 2013

Accepting the Challenge

Life is never easy on the farm.

Last year was dry. Remember that?
This spring is wet, wet, wet. Have I mentioned that?
So why wouldn't one also add in the challenge of acquiring a rather unique gift for a four year old's upcoming birthday?

Why the heck not? I'm up for a challenge, right? I've weathered some crazy seasons as a farm wife. Heck, I even gave birth to our four year old, Amelia, during one of our craziest springs, and you can recount that story here, if you're interested.

But, I'm digressing...

Amelia Jane is four today, and boy is she a jewel. Seriously. This kid has to be one of the sunniest, funniest, craziest, cutest, ball of joy you've ever met. Honestly. I know all parents think their kids are the sunniest, funniest, craziest, cutest...but perfect strangers even note her sunny disposition. Even in her newborn pictures, her facial expression was alert, full of surprise and joy. We think that might be  because she had two very inquisitive, very young older sisters, but I also think she may have rainbows running through her veins!

So, when I asked Amelia what she wanted for her birthday, I shouldn't have been surprised that she wanted something that would add to her character:

A Pink Ukulele.

Seems simple, right? Wouldn't that be at a music shop...but where is there a music store around here?
Couldn't it just be at Toys R Us?

So, my best attempt of finding it at my local Wal-Mart while I was also doing my grocery shopping was an epic failure.

Holy rain clouds on the rainbows...this was going to be a challenge.

However, thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I was able to procure this lovely pink Ukulele, shipped from the great Aloha state itself, and this morning...well, you can see her reaction:

See? Rainbows. The girl bleeds rainbows.

Amelia has brought so much joy to our family. I tend to be moody, and can be a downer at times. Joe gets concerned, and, although rather even-keel in his personality, can be a bit of a worrier. Anna is the most serious of our kids. Josie is moody (where did THAT come from???), and Jack...well, the jury's still out, but he's another story. However, when Millie gets on the scene, my moodiness and his worrying, Anna's seriousness and Josie's mood swings, all seem to dissolve like rainbows in sunshine. Her smile, the way she still incorrectly says her "r"s, her swingy, perfectly straight hair (where did THAT come from??)...all of that makes her a perfect fit in our family's personality.

I know I'll have days when my sunshine girl is not so sunshine. I realize she'll be fourteen one day, not four, and that comes with a whole different set of issues. Today, though, I celebrate my sweet, full of sunshine four year old. She's just happy to be four, have a pink Ukulele and a new bike, and I'm just overjoyed to be her mommy.

Happy birthday, Sweet Amelia Jane! We love you!!

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