This is an excerpt from the journal I kept for Beth when she was growing up.
She was just over 4 years old.
January 18, 1988
I wanted to write and let you know about your accomplishments. You have finally learned to step down without holding onto someone's hand! I'm so proud of you!
And your speech! You are saying so many words now: Car, Beth, Raya, Tree, Drink, Shoe, Baby, Mommy, Apple. I am truly amazed at your progress.
You're changing from a toddler to a little girl. You want to help more, you would rather do things yourself than have them done for you.
As far as your play time, you're into jewelry, dusting, playing house. You put on your purse, pick up your baby and tell me, "Bye!" like you're going somewhere.
You're very concerned about Raya. What she's doing, if she needs help. You're growing up to be a sweet, kind little girl.
I love you very much!
This was taken when Beth was about 5 1/2.