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Evelyn and her birthday cake Belle.

Evelyn recently celebrated her sixth birthday–how time has flown! It seems like only yesterday, we were over the moon, finding out we were expecting her after a few years of trying to have children while at the same time, it seems like it’s been hardly any time at all. Children have a tendency of doing that to their parents.

Evie helped pick out a perfectly ripe watermelon for her birthday.

We had a small gathering of friends come over the previous week to ride Stoney, jump in the bounce house and have cake and ice cream. But on her birthday, we celebrated Eliker style

Eating her birthday lunch at school with grandma.

Lucky for her, she had the day off of school and visiting grandparents, so between sleeping in, watching her favorite show, baking and decorating her cake and playing and swinging outside, we got in a few chores. We spent a beautiful afternoon cleaning tack for the horse show the day after her birthday, took care of the animals and watered the plants.

Soaping up the western saddle.

Evelyn helped get her birthday dinner ready and taught her younger sister how to shuck corn. Then she helped grill her steaks and salmon, make deviled eggs, steam the corn on the cob, chop watermelon and mix up some lemonade.

Showing Kate how it’s done.

Of course, the pinnacle of any kid’s birthday is the presents. Evelyn was about to die waiting so long to see what was in her pretty wrapped packages. Once we got to open them and she saw all of nice gifts she was given, she was content to eat her cake and ice cream.

She about burst having to wait to open presents. Thankfully she survived.

It has been such a blessing to watch Evelyn blossom into the intelligent, beautiful, athletic and tenderhearted daughter we know today. She is a loving sister with an incredible imagination and is already a wise, observant friend and student who makes the world a better place. Though she’s still a child, we can see glimpses of who she will grow to be, and we couldn’t be prouder of her.

Happy Birthday, darling Evelyn!

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