Needing to catch up...overwhelmed by the thought of it...starting here and proceeding I hope, one post at a time!
Happy birthday Mathilda! You've reached the point where you're not a little kid, you're not a big kid, you're not a teenager, but at the end of the "tween" years! I sometimes wonder if I write the same things every year? If I do, I guess you'll just be confirmed in the way that I feel and the way that things are! You're growing into such a wonderful and beautiful young lady. I would in all honesty not use the term young lady to describe you on a normal and regular basis...you are and always have been our "bull in the china cupboard" and as your brothers described you from a very young age, "not a girly-girl, not a tom-boy, just a very disgusting girl". In no way do I remind you of that to criticize or minimize your loveliness, but you have a very strong personality and these things make you who you are for sure! Now in addition to that, you are quite caring and nurturing, always making things for others to make them feel special, working hard to take care of situations, lead discussions, create games and things to play and entertain. Over the summer you showed many that you are a very talented and competent baby sitter and you're quite good at making people laugh and enjoy whatever is in front of them.