I’m Going To Miss Five

growin up

Lydia. Easter Sunday. 2011.

At Target this week, Lydia rode in the cart and sang, “I love Mommy! I love Mommy!” at the top of her lungs.

She still says “hurted” and “bited“.

She gets chocolate peanut butter spread on her cheek and doesn’t notice for hours.

She carries her bunny, Flopsy to the store, sleeps with her and considers her a best friend.

She says, “Hoo-normous” instead of “enormous” or “humongous”.

When she hangs out with Evan, they hold hands unashamedly.

And this time next year? I have a feeling it will be different. My little girl will still be herself, but she’ll be six with a year of kindergarten under her belt. I can sense this next season in our life but I can’t see it yet. It’s blocked. Like a big thick black wall. But as we journey toward it, I know it’s about to make everything different.

Even though I sound mournful, I’m not. Just wistful. I’ve always said my heart grows with my children, so I’m not sad to see them grow.

But five? I think I’m going to miss it.


  1. I think I am going to love five. My son is almost 4 and I have heard wonderful things about that age. I can already see him coming out of the temper tantrum stage. He still throws them, but he is starting to act a little more like a little boy and not a toddler. Of course toddlers are adorable, but I am not going to lie I am really loving some of changes that are currently taking place! Is it Lydia’s birthday? If so happy birthday!

    • No. She doesn’t turn 6 until January…but she just got her acceptance letter from Kindergarten and it made me realize how short this summer is going to be!


  2. So sweet. :D :D Love her five year old words.

  3. Larissa says:

    My daughter will b five in july and i can’t wait.. She starts kindergarten in the fall also, and it makes me so sad that she’s soooo big already. and i was also reading your last few posts and my family is going to be in disney world in december also!!!! I just thought that was a funny coincidence.

  4. My oldest turned 8 {EIGHT} today. I miss 5. But yes, I’m looking forward to 8. ;)

    My current 5yo (son). Whenever he’s looking forward to something, he says “Mom, I’m so exciting!” Someday he’ll be excitED, and I’ll miss how excitING he used to be. :)

  5. I’m remembering a beautiful little girl who looked just like Lydia, take her first step onto a big yellow bus! I wonder if her mom was feeling the same thing?
    Can’t believe how time flies.

    • I have tears in my eyes, Gayle! I just pray God gives my Lydia the same amazing adults at the beginning of kindergarten that He gave me! Love you!

  6. I can so relate to your post. My oldest daughter will be five in just a few weeks. She will start kindergarten in the fall and I am savoring every second of her “littleness” that is left because I know it will be gone in the blink of an eye… bittersweet.

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