The pure innocence, love, and joy that comes from a child is magnificent. In these past few days I have been incredibly grateful for my girls. I’ve felt the sadness and the heartache that we’ve all felt since hearing the news on Friday.
I’ve made a promise to myself that I will not show any sadness around my girls. If I need to cry, I will cry when they aren’t around. But when I am with them, it’s all about them and the happy and joy that they bring.
Avery is at an age where she is always bringing a smile to my face. It’s her happiness that brings joy to my heart, especially in a time that I need it most. There are so many things that she does that brings a smile to my face. It’s the little things in life that can bring pure joy.
Seeing Just How Happy She is Around Her Sister 1 of 10I couldn't have asked for a better relationship with my girls. They truly are the best of friends. Watching them play with one another and love on one another brings the biggest smile to my face and make my heart swell with joy.
When She Finds New Favorite Spots to Hang Out 2 of 10Now that Avery is very much on the move, she loves to find favorite places around the apartment to hang out. She's loved sitting under the table, by the Christmas tree and in the kitchen. It's so funny to find her in "her spot" because as soon as I do, she just starts giggling as if she knows she has been caught. It's become a game for us and I love how much fun we have doing it.
Eating Breakfast with Her Every Morning 3 of 10We have a morning routine that we eat breakfast with one another every single morning. It is one of my favorite parts of the day because it is a time when she is in one of her best moods and that we can both have our one-on-one time.
Giving Her Kisses 4 of 10There is nothing better than showing your children just how much you love them with a little bit of affection. To see the smile on her face when I give her kisses, makes me grin from ear to ear.
When She Meets New Milestones 5 of 10It is so fun to watch her learn new things. Her most recent milestone is learning to stand on her own. The joy that I get from watching her make these accomplishments is absolutely amazing.
Seeing Her on the Swings 6 of 10It's so nice to see the joy that she gets from something as simple as a swing. She loves to go to the playground just to swing back and forth. Such a fun activity for a happy little girl.
Her Slobbery Kisses 7 of 10She loves getting kisses and I love getting them from her. No matter how wet or slobbery they are, I will always be filled with an immense amount of joy when she gives me a kiss.
Her Funny Faces 8 of 10Avery has some of the funniest faces I have ever seen a baby make. They make me laugh so hard because she doesn't know just how crazy they are. Her Angry Avery faces are my favorite.
Watching Her Dance 9 of 10This little girl loves to dance. She hears any music and she immediately starts to bounce up and down with her hands in the air. The smile on her face that she gets when she's dancing brings a smile to my face.
Her Love For Her Daddy 10 of 10Both of my girls are daddy's girls and I have absolutely no problem with it. I love watching the relationship my husband has with the girls. Avery's face can light up a room as soon as she sees her daddy. It is one of the most heartwarming and wonderful feelings ever.
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