That baby up there is not a Tiddle. It is a Bunkin...who, seven years later, has become quite a charming wisp of a girl.
Her birthday fell on Thanksgiving this year so we celebrated 'officially' on Wednesday.
It turned out to be one of the most 'growing up' birthdays on record because Adele' (after much yearning and begging) was given the very grown-up gift of real earrings (and, as she calls it, getting her ears SPEARED.)
Ears speared is a very grown up thing indeed.
She did marvelously and was very brave and VERY pleased with herself afterward.
On top of the very grown-up ears being speared, she and I also decided it was time for her to get a hair cut. I can't be sure but I am pretty confident this was her first haircut...ever.
Her wisps were beginning to get the best of her and probably should have been done a long time ago.
It took me so long to do it because...well, I was petrified of messing up. And really, she has always been my wispy girl. I wasn't sure if I was ready to let that go.
But I did.
I watched every last second of this video (which could have been half as long as it was) and felt prepared enough (it didn't look so hard!) until I took that first 4 inch cut.
After that first cut, I was a wreck the whole time!
I was pretty darn proud of myself when I finished!
And, best of all, was this:
Adele' asked for a donut cake this year and picked out some donut holes for it. Darling girl, she made my life so easy!
I was so thankful for this little bit of grace because the rest of the week looked like this:
Wednesday: Birthday. Birthday Cake. Birthday Feast. Presents. Ear Spearing. Cut hair x 4.
Thursday: Thanksgiving. Prepare food to take to Thanksgiving Feast. Gone all day.
Friday: Make wedding gift and sew two dresses for the girls to wear on Saturday to....
Saturday: my brother Jonathan's wedding! Iron clothes. Photograph event. Gone all day. Dancing. Exhaustion.
Sunday: church meal. Make food. And cocoa. Do nothing the rest of the afternoon.
I am so thankful for my smart, sweet seven-year-old Adele'; her gap-mouthed grin, her golden specked eyes, her contagious giggle and all her endearing little ways.