I just can’t help but be more and more amazed by Della every day. She is, hands down, one of the kindest, gentlest, sweetest, most wonderful people I have ever known.
She is so conscientious, not just for a 3-year-old, but more so than most 30-year-olds.
I have been complimented on her excellent manners numerous times.
She gets quiet and a little upset when others around her get mad or sad.
She leaves the room when watching a show when a part comes on she doesn’t like – usually when someone is doing something against the rules and she knows they’re going to get in trouble.
She loves to help in the kitchen. “Mixa, mixa, mixa” is one of her favorite phrases while helping stir. I just realized today that this comes from Daniel Tiger, as I heard it when he was helping his parents make strawberry pancakes.
She comes running when Lana is getting into trouble and she hasn’t been able to stop her.
She loves curling up in a ball in my arms to be carried into bed after making all of our different faces in the mirror.
She lays her little head in the palm of my hand and strokes my arm, my hair, my back as I sing her naptime and bedtime songs.
She asks if we’re still happy when she knows she’s done something wrong and thinks we’re going to get upset. I tell her that even when I’m not happy about something she’s done, I will always be happy about her.
On our way home from the gym after she’s been playing in the kids room all morning, I always ask if she was happy that day and if anyone made her sad or mad about anything. So far so good on all yeses for happy things and nos for sad or mad ones.
She likes to play by herself as much as with her friends.
She loves playing outside, especially in the snow to make snow angels and catch flakes on her tongue.
She always tells me she loves me and to have sweet dreams, too, when I put her to bed.
I just can’t get enough of her. Every time I look at or think about her I just hope and pray that she always stays so beautiful on the inside like she is out. May nothing ever corrupt the goodness that overflows her heart.