You are ten months now. Ten seems so much closer to a full year than 9 months did. I'm going to blink my eye and we will be celebrating your birthday. This month has been wonderful and full of its unique challenges as each and every month has.
Right now your skin is tan and your hair is light. You have one tooth. Its still just barely poking through but it is so cute. We had a couple hard nights where you couldn't sleep so Dad and I also stayed up making sure we were with you during this challenge. We will always be there cheering you on when you are doing hard things. Always.
You learned how to clap. At first you clapped in this adorable way where you had one hand balled in a fist and the other open and you would smile so big, clapping in your own unique way. You were also proud of yourself when you figured out how to clap the way mom and dad do with both hands open, actually making noise. Mom liked your way better. Though I am proud of all the work and thought you put into learning this new skill the 'right' way.
You are daring, brave, adventurous and sometimes downright reckless. You love crawling off of the couch and letting me catch you and you love when we throw you up in the air. You don't fear for a second. And you laugh SO HARD sometimes I wonder if it would be possible to laugh any more.
Your smile is still contagious.
Zoe, something happened this week that doesn't happen every day. We were out one Saturday hiking, enjoying a beautiful almost private beach. Playing with the rocks and making those memories that will lay forever. While we were doing this, on the other side of the world over a thousand people died in an earth quake. I hope you to remember that what affects strangers on the other side of the world impacts us here too. These children of God were loved beyond measure and important beyond measure. We took some time to remember them and pray for their families who are suffering and we will go on living life as beautifully and fully as we can. Sometimes there is not much we can really do to help, but we can live life with intention, creatng beauty and love where we are. Time spent in anger and jealousy and frustration is time lost. So when you feel those hard feelings, listen to them, figure out what they are trying to tell you. Then make the needed changes and let them go. We never know when it will be our turn to go back to our Father in Heaven.
Zoe you make life so beautiful by simply existing.
I love you.