True, you are now seven years old. Things that I want to remember about this time:

The seven days of giving you small little gifts that led up to the big day. This was our first year doing this and it was awesome. You LOVED the little trinkets we gave you each of the seven days (crystals, tiny toys, etc) as the anticipation led up to your big day.

The night before your birthday when you couldn’t quite get to sleep and I found you on your bed reading books to pass the time and anticipation. “Mom, 3 more hours before I turn seven!” You are usually asleep by 7:30pm, so staying up late was a birthday-eve treat.

Papa and I storming your room at 6am, just after you woke, with The Beatles’ tune “You say it’s your birthday” blaring from Papa’s iPhone and the two of us dancing and clapping and singing while you looked on with big smiles and saying, “I had HOPED you would do this!”

Watching you come down the stairs and going nuts over your new lego set (Ninjago) and the scooter you’ve been asking for for months upon months. Your joy is our joy.

Letting you have sugary cereal for your birthday (Fruity Pebbles) and watching you devour it with delight.

Watching you watch the first Harry Potter movie for the first time ever – something you’ve been waiting for for well over a year! It was the first time we’ve seen it, too, and it was amazing.

Baking the cake you picked out (red velvet with funfetti icing) and loading it up with sprinkles and the #7 candle. As I baked it, I thought about all the things I love about you. The list is too long to write.

Setting the party table in anticipation of your grands all coming over to celebrate. I put out a ton of #7 shaped gold pipe cleaners. You are nuts over anything GOLD. We also all had gold party crowns to wear, with yours having a golden seven attached to it. And then there was the giant life-sized golden ballon shaped like the #7. You LOVED it.

You are seven now. And we are seven years into having totally new hearts. Totally new life. Totally new perspectives. Thank you for changing us. Choosing us. Teaching us. Loving us.

We are so lucky.

Hi, I'm Kelly Rae Roberts!

Before I picked up my first paintbrush at the age of 30, I was a medical social worker. I followed my whispers and started playing with paint and everything changed. Now I’m a full-time artist, author and Possibilitarian, who helps women explore their creativity, nourish their souls and build a thriving creative business.

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