I hear her playing and chatting with her younger sister, and I can hardly believe that this baby, only five short years ago, was nestled in my arms, so tiny, so helpless, so absolutely wonderful in all the infinite possibility of her new life. A bundle of joy with a mop of dark hair, so very precious and beautiful.
Now she is learning her letters, helping me in the kitchen, playing, dancing, gathering eggs, snuggling with chickens, enjoying nature walks and just being what she had always been, a precious child. Thank you G-d for five wonderful years with our darling Shira, and may there be many more.
This is an old photo, but I love it so much. She is so full of concentration here, absolutely engrossed in some last-year's leaves and a grapefruit that had fallen down from the tree.