Tuesday, October 24, 2023

"I'm Half Crazy...

 ...over the likes of you..." 

Name that tune. You should know I sing it every time I think of my granddaughter, which is several times a day, every single day. 

Dear Little Miss, 

Today you are one. ONE! 

This is your first birthday letter from Nana and there are so many things I want to tell you. I would love to post dozens of pictures too, but alas it's 2023 and there's too much 'iffy' stuff happening online in terms of pictures, so one or two it is. 

You are my first granddaughter. When your momma was expecting your biggest brother (the mancub as he's known on my blog) and she told us she was having a boy I didn't know what to think. I mean I raised daughters and girls were what I knew. 

But then the mancub came along, followed by your next biggest brother Max, then your cousin sweet baby J, and it was just all boy all the time and we have loved these boys more than I ever imagined was possible. These grandboys we call ours are the grandest, and we have gone all in on the cars and the trucks and the balls and the noise and the go-go-go and the run-jump-wrestle and the build-build-build. 

In five fast years we completely settled in to being Nana and Pawpaw to all the baby boys God would bring into our lives and we have loved every single second of the fabulous chaos they bring. 

Then came you. 

The sweetest, loveliest, little flower in the garden. 

You little miss, are the first grand of ours to actually look exactly like the momma who birthed her. Except for your hair coloring you are the spitting image of my once upon a time baby girl, and you're so much like her in personality there are days my heart wants to literally burst. Sweet and spunky, cheerful and gentle. Completely and utterly enchanting. 

I will say you might be just a little bit louder than she ever thought about being, but then your momma didn't have two big brothers showing her the way, ahem.

It has been so much fun adding a girl to our family. I don't care what the politically 'in'correct culture of today tries to tell us-boys and girls are not the same and I celebrate God's grand and marvelous design. 

It's been a complete joy to watch you insert your girly self into a family of boys. To quote your oldest brother, 'she's the queen' lol. So true mancub, so true. You my darling girl are already adored by all who know you, but by no one more so than your big brothers. They think you hung the moon and we all nod our heads in agreement. 

Some things you love right now are your momma (you're the luckiest), your Daddy (who very quickly and completely discovered the absolute joy of being a girl dad), bubbles, books, the water, standing on your head, looking out the back window for deer in the yard, swinging, cruising around the furniture, getting into your brother's toys, making your brothers laugh, being where they are, doing what they're doing, watching them....

In just a few months you will no longer be quite so outnumbered. Your Auntie M will give us another granddaughter to love, and give you a girl cousin. You will be close in age and I pray always close in heart too. I look so forward to tea parties, girl trips with your momma, aunt, and cousin, and finally getting into all your momma's American girl dolls stored safely in our attic, just waiting for you to come and play. 

Happy birthday Little Miss. It is my great great privilege to watch you grow and bloom. Jesus loves you this I know. And so does Nana...deep and wide xoxo 

"The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11 


  1. She's precious! I love your birthday letters to the grandkids.

  2. Your birthday letters to the grands are such treasures ... and so are they, of course. Thank you for sharing this sweetness with your readers.

  3. Oh so wonderful to have grandsons and granddaughters. 'She's the Queen' haha! She is precious and one already! So happy to hear she'll have a girl cousin, too. Another sweet gift. Happy Birthday little one!

  4. This is beautifully written, Joyce. Your granddaughter is only 15 days younger than my little girl. She is blessed to have you in her life.

  5. Such a wonderful post, grandchildren bring such joy to our lives

  6. Such a beautifully written letter to such a beautiful little granddaughter!!

  7. I always LOVE your birthday letters.
    Happy Birthday Little Miss.
    xx oo

  8. Made me cry. Your birthday letters are always so sweet. She is beautiful and she is a very, very lucky girl!! Happy birthday!!

  9. She is so precious. "She's the Queen!" Your letter to her is beautiful.

  10. Aw, what a precious tribute! My mom is the same-- she has 12 grandkids and only 2 are girls.

  11. Your birthday letters are so moving.