Five years ago today, with Jarrod somewhere between Afghanistan and Virginia, this little girl came into our lives.
It was four weeks early, but that didn’t matter to Charlotte. I went into the hospital to be induced due to low amniotic fluid, and I never even needed Potocin. She decided that she wanted to see the world before I got the induction drug.
That’s just the way Charlotte is though. She doesn’t want to miss out on anything. She wants to be in on everything. She surely can do anything that anyone else is doing (especially her big brother).
This girl comes off as shy at first, but don’t let that fool you. She’s quite a firecracker. She keeps us laughing with all of the funny things she says and does. And she also makes us want to pull our hair out when she stomps up to her room slamming her door like a teenager.
Charlotte is sweet, and kind, and compassionate. She is the best big sister to Evelyn. Those two are the best of friends. She is also a good little sister to Trenton – most of the time. They love each other, but they can be at each others throats some days too.
One of my favorite things about Charlotte is that she is a natural motivator. She cheers Trenton on when he does good at school, and tells him that she knows he’ll do better tomorrow when he has a not so good day. Charlotte taught Evelyn how to crawl backwards down the stairs. I had been working with Evelyn for a couple weeks, getting nowhere, and Charlotte taught her in a matter of minutes.
Another thing I love about Charlotte is her love for God. She plays pretend all the time, and there are so many times I hear her making up songs about Jesus, telling her dolls that they should act like God wants us to, saying “Jesus I want to tell you a story,” or just randomly praying whatever is on her heart. I hope that she always has that strong connection with our Lord. It is so amazing to see.
Charlotte has brought so much joy into our lives. She is our middle child, and is always in the middle of everything. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
What is your favorite color? Pink
What is your favorite toy? Craft kits
What is your favorite fruit? Strawberries
What is your favorite vegetable? Tomatoes
What is your favorite TV Show? Dora
What is your favorite movie? Frozen
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Fruit Salad
What is your favorite outfit? My Daddy Daughter Dance dress
What is your favorite game? Hide & Seek
What is your favorite snack? Gummy Bunnies
What is your favorite animal? Unicorns
What is your favorite book? Camilla’s Special Day
What is your favorite cereal? Kix
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Sledding
What is your favorite drink? Apple Juice
What is your favorite holiday? St. Patrick’s Day
What is your favorite song? Oh My Darling
What is your favorite thing about school? Getting to play
What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Books
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal
What do you want to eat for dinner on your birthday? Pizza
What do you want to be when you grow up? a Science Teacher