I vaguely remember last year at this time and how very difficult it was to celebrate Halloween without knowing anything about you and what you were doing that day. Halloween is definitely a holiday for young children so it is a time when we naturally wish we could see you and see the joy you must have during such a fun holiday for kids.
Both last year and this year, as I stood at the door and watched other toddlers walk up and say "Trick or Treat" I wondered what Halloween was like for you. I wondered what costume you were wearing and how you reacted when you realized you had a bag full of chocolate. I bet you were delighted.
In our email response back to your parents a couple of days before Halloween I asked your dad if he might send us a picture or two of you in your Halloween costume. I kinda hoped he might send one on Halloween so we could enjoy seeing you all dressed up. So far we haven't gotten one, but maybe he will include a picture with the November email update.
I want you to know how often we talk about you at our house. I know I have told you before that we keep pictures of you up in the living room. But we also say your name often.
A funny thing happened just this Sunday that brought a huge smile to my face.
As I put the cup in our cupboard, I said to your brothers L and D that when they drank out of that cup they could remember you. I said it in passing, and didn't make a big deal of it. Honestly I wasn't even sure they heard me.
But on Sunday, L was getting water out of the refrigerator while I was in the laundry room getting clothes out of the dryer. And out of no where he said your name. Just your name. Nothing else. I stopped what I was doing and peeked my head around the corner and asked him what he just said. He looked at me and held up the cup and said "Brit" and he smiled from ear to ear.
It made me smile too.
We all love you very much and miss you. We can't wait until we have a personal relationship with you. Each day that passes gets us closer to that day we hope.