You have officially become a tween. Happy birthday! Memories of your younger days made me tear recently. I cannot believe you only have one more year left in primary school. May you continue to grow in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and men.
From young, you have preferred just being with a small group of friends rather than being the limelight of a party. My constant prayer is that you will find godly friends who are able to encourage you and that you will in turn be edifying to them. This year, I am glad you were able to help a friend collect his homework when he was absent from school for a period of time. May you always be helpful.
We witnessed God's blessings this year in many ways. For one, you got distinction for Grade 5 violin! I was your accompanist and we both knew my fingers slipped during the Allegro, causing some fumbling. Your teacher called the last piece "Nightmare" as it sounded weird, but the examiner gave you a score of 28 out of 30. Praise God!
The month of November is usually rainy. We trusted God for good weather on the day of your BBQ party. The weather was cool and there was no rain at all. Also, we had booked two pits and it turned out that the two other pits next to ours were not booked, so we had sufficient seating space for our guests. The kids even had a games table. Praise be to God. Speaking of birthday celebrations, I was glad to see you enjoying the trail that Papa planned for you and your friends.
Your CCA group also received a distinction award during the SYF. Besides that, you did well in English and math. We pray that there will also be improvement in the other two subjects next year.
You surprised us by taking part in a singing contest. I thought you were really brave to sing in front of such a huge audience. You looked shy while singing but I pray you will stand tall during future performances. God has blessed you with a musical gift. Use it for His glory. I was also glad you were unfazed by someone's unkind remark and chose instead to focus on those who were kind. You reminded me that we should always count our blessings and not focus on the negative.
I like it when you are kind to your sister and cousin. You were the game master for your sister's birthday and you ensured that little Gwen had a treasure during the treasure quest. Popo praised you for looking out for the younger ones. You also gave instructions clearly.
Sometimes you get annoyed by your sister but do remember that she looks up to you and adores you. When she hangs around you and wants to be with you, it is because she likes you and appreciates your company. Her eyes lit up when you told her you could play with her after the exams. Even though she was tired, she did the world map jigsaw with you. Do be patient with her.
You have also continued to serve faithfully at the homework centre. When no one could solve a primary 4 maths problem, Uncle Ivan called Papa to ask you to solve it. You went down to the centre after violin class and saved the day. Good job! You also went on two mission trips this year and served when you could. Someone on the first trip told me she was impressed by you. Remember that you are God's masterpiece. Have confidence that He will use you mightily for His name's sake.
Life tends to get more challenging as you grow older and become more independent. Press on through every challenge and never give up. Goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life and there is nothing or no one too difficult to handle with God. You can always share your thoughts with Papa and me too and we will stand by you.
May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine on you. May you know Who your strength is, just as David and Daniel did. May you always walk in His ways and shine for Him.
Love you lots,