To Maddie on Your 4th Birthday...

My sweet Maddie, 

You are four year's old now! Wow! Time has gone by so quickly! Before I start forgetting all the wonderful little details of this precious age I wanted to share them with you in a letter. I hope to do this every year in hopes that you will know what a joy you are in my life! 

There are a few characteristics that most everyone knows about you. For example, your hair is forever in a disarray-no matter how often we brush, braid, or fix it the next time we see you it will be full of tangles, sand, wood chips or food. I love this about you. You are never afraid to have fun and let that hair fall in your face! you don't really wear bows or rubber bands. You're a headband girl and have a ton! 

 You also have a huge affection for kitties! Any size, shape or form-including a little pink dog that you think is a kitty. We don't have a real kitty but you have enough stuffed ones to make up for it. Every chance you get you are "playing kitty" with family and friends. You also love when we sing "Soft Kitty" which is actually from a funny show mommy and daddy watch called The Big Bang Theory. The song goes: "Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur. Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, pur, pur, pur". You love it! 

 Your bedtime routine hasn't changed much over the years. You rarely sleep under the covers, you don't like anything in the bed with you, you talk in your sleep, and move around in so many positions throughout the night. You don't have a favorite stuffed animal or kitty but you love three blankets: Lovey, Bumpy, and Stripe. If they are lucky you choose to let them stay with you at night. Oh, and you will only sleep in long sleeves and long pants regardless of the season or weather-probably because you're not under the covers. Anything else is unacceptable. 

 Your best time of the day is first thing in the morning. You wake up bright-eyed and crazy-haired, ready for hugs and kisses. Hearing "good morning, mommy" is my favorite part of the day. You still take naps and go to bed around 7:30. You must have your beauty sleep. 

 You will probably be a singer like your daddy because you are always singing and making up songs and most Disney movies make you very happy...especially The Little Mermaid and Tangled. You have a necklace that plays the Ariel song and you say that it makes you happy to hear it. You pressed that necklace button during your entire 4th birthday party! 

 You love to eat ANYTHING...especially broccoli (yes, broccoli). You would eat all day if I let you. You are a very emotional young lady-happy, sad, mad-you never hold back a tear, smile, or silly face. You love your brother very much and you always try to hug and kiss him any chance you get. You also love your daddy very much. He is the one you go to when you don't feel well and he's the one you like to do silly things with before bed. Your latest thing is balling up your little fist and shoving it in his neck. You think it chokes him and tickles him and you think it's hilarious! When you play before bed you get a crazy look in your eyes and we laugh because we really can't guess your next move. Your laugh is so cute and funny because it's almost a low creepy growl, unless you're being tickled-then its a high pitch squeal! Either way, I love those sounds! 

 And of course, you are a mommy's girl to the core! You have always preferred mommy over most (which is fine by me) and I hope that you will always want to hug, kiss, and snuggle as much as you do now. You are such a blessing and I pray over you and for you throughout every day. You're beginning to understand more about Jesus, although I'm pretty sure you think there's a physical miniature Jesus living in your heart. My true joy will come in seeing you one day accept Jesus as your personal Lord and savior. I hope to show you love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control as we grow together. 

 I love you with all my heart! Or, as you so often say: I love you fifty twenty two eight nineteen zero! (wow, that's a lot!) 


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I am a local Charlestonian, born and raised in good 'ol South Carolina. I have only been to other surrounding states within a days drive since I refuse to fly in an airplane - so let's see - that includes NC, GA, FL, and I think I may have crossed the border into VA at some point. I've been to the Bahamas 3 times (since you can get there by cruise ship) but one day I hope to visit Mexico. After my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the second love of my life is my high school sweetheart, Matt. We were married at ages 19 and 21 (I'm the younger one) and in the past 8 years have acquired two amazing kids - Sammy and Maddie. We have a fairly new member of the family, Casey, who is a black lab/shepherd/pit bull mix and is very lazy. We "McCall's" have a family motto: "McCall's never give up" (for some reason this has stuck with us all). We all have a passion for music and treasure our family time. Every moment is a gift...