Sunday, September 21, 2014

to my two year old little boy...

well, in true mama fashion, this comes almost a full three  four months late.  however - we are all alive and well, so i guess it's a wash.

brother bear, our sweet heavenly father definitely broke the mold with you.  it is quite amazing to see how much you have grown and changed in just one short year.

first off, you are ALL BOY.  like crazy, fearless, rough-and-tumble ALL boy.  you ooze ornery from every inch of your body, but it is so very well hidden behind one of the sweetest little personalities i have ever seen.  you are SNEAKY, which makes me chuckle because i see the wheels turning in your little head and then in turn i'm on guard because i know you're up to something.  you love big - just like the rest of us - but you also thoroughly enjoy tormenting your sister and the dogs.  although you are A LOT of work, you are worth every second of the exhaustion.  i need to get a pedometer to track the steps i take each day just chasing you.  you are a runner:  when you are fixing to get in trouble, you sprint, and as daddy puts it, stride for stride you are the fastest person in this family.  if you get away from me, i have to legitimately run after you.

trucks.  oh man you LOVE your trucks.  you have quite the collection of heavy equipment and sometimes i think your daddy may have more fun with them than you do.  you're also into legos, building things and then demolishing them and riding your tricycle.  (oh and dressing up in sister's princess gowns, but we'll just keep that between us.)

the last year has been an absolute whirlwind.  the second your little feet hit the ground, you have one speed and that is GO.  you're still a little sensitive, and when you get your feelings hurt, i can't help but laugh because your pout face is AWESOME.  it's really more of a full body action where you cross your arms, pout those lips, put that head down and stomp off to your room, all followed with an authoritative door slam.  (which you then get a spanking for because, by golly, if i've said it once, i've said it a thousand times:  STOP.  SLAMMING.  THE.  DOORS.)

those big ol' blue eyes, dimples and "business hair" are sure to get you in trouble, so use those sparingly.  actually, i take that back...i have a feeling you'll be one of those boys that get called to the principal's office, just to flash those pearly whites and ridiculously amazing dimples to get off with a warning.  once you learn how to harness the power in those tools God gave you, the rest of us are in for it.  luckily for all those girls' parents you will cross paths with,  you have a mama and daddy who will snatch your head off if you mistreat them.  be kind, be gentle, and treat them with respect as God commands.

at your two year check up, you weighed 32 pounds (75%-90%) and were 36" tall (90%).  You are a big ol' dude sporting a size 9 shoe.  NINE.  that is crazy.  Your sister wears a size 10.  NUTSO.  bananas, chips and cereal are on the top of your faves list right now.  your language skills are improving, but i'm actually surprised that you talk at all seeing as how your big sister never shuts her mouth.  but bless her heart, she comes by that naturally.

you are so happy, which is fitting since "asher" is hebrew for "happy" (also fortunate/blessed, which you indeed are.) the bible talks about the blessing of a child to a parent, and you are most definitely that.  it is our job as your father and mother to raise you up knowing Truth and equipping you to take on the world after you leave our little nest.  i know you will grow tired of me plastering scripture all over our house and covering you with it daily, but there will come a day where your heart will need to turn to what you know is True.  motherhood is my mission field, and with the grace of God i intend to serve you and your sister well.

there is a school of thought that portrays all Christian men as being weak and timid, but that is nothing short of a lie.  i pray that you become a man who is strong and courageous, loves Jesus and loves others and isn't afraid to stand up for what is right and true.  do not be boastful, prideful or arrogant as those things will surely bring hardship.  take your thoughts captive and be confident in the gospel.  know that you were designed for a purpose.

you are so loved sweet boy.  you bring a joy indescribable to my heart and to our family.  thank you for helping me to realize what is truly important in life - and although i'm not always good at focusing on the big picture,  thank you for your unwavering love.  you truly melt my heart and i am so honored that God chose me to be your mama.

God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control. 
{2 Timothy 1:  7}

Monday, January 6, 2014

brice's third birthday love-letter

oh sister,  i should probably start by apologizing for the eight-week delay in writing this, but i have a feeling that this is realistically how our lives are going to operate until you and your sibling(s) are pretty much independent from me.  or probably by the time you're 12, letters like this will embarrass you, so they will then become private between you and i.

anyway, you are three.  THREE.  this was a pretty tough birthday for mommie.  you are quickly becoming a little girl and there are very few things that resemble anything close to a baby, or toddler for that fact.  this year has been filled with A LOT of changes, all of which have been the greatest blessings.  you rolled through relatively unscathed during the total disruption of your life with the remodel mommie and daddy drug you through.  there were a few weeks of some behavioral issues, but i can't say i blame you seeing as how we didn't have doors or flooring in the construction site we were living in.  you made new friends with our sweet new neighbors and also transitioned perfectly into a new school after being at spring creek for almost 18 months.  you start another new school this month and i'm sure you will roll with the punches like you almost always do.  

you are hilarious.  i mean like REALLY funny.  the stuff you say cracks us up and the funniest thing is that you are EXTREMELY logical and reasonable for a three year old.  you speak so matter-of-factly (or with conviction as daddy affectionately calls it) to where even if you're wrong, you are so convincing we start to kind of believe you.  you are so observant and your memory is totally impressive.  

you are really starting to pretend play and are OBSESSED with anything pink, purple, sparkly or princess/puppy related.  you like your hair "big" and there is no denying you have your own sense of style.  all pink.  all the time.  ALL.  THE.  TIME.  

you sleep with 382094809283094 stuffed animals and they ALL have to be tucked in just right.  JUST.  RIGHT.  i'm sure it'll be cute when you are grown and i think back on it, but right now it drives me bonkers.  it is a ten minute ordeal every night to track all your friends down and get them in bed where you want them.

you and your brother are quite the duo.  best friends one second, full-on brawl the next.  he is your shadow and you both love each other so very much.  it truly makes my mama heart happy to watch the two of you growing.

this year i have really witnessed the fruit of the seeds your father and i have planted is flourishing.  you are so thoughtful and respectful and kind-hearted.  you are very well-mannered and are so thankful for the things others do for you.  you are also showing the gift of hospitality and i love that about you.  you want everyone to come to your house and play and you are so willing to share (well most of the time.  you are three, after all.)  your spirit is so sweet and i love watching you interact with others.  

you are starting to understand how having a happy heart is directly related to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  although you don't quite understand the whole picture of the gospel yet, you do understand that Jesus teaches us to love everyone, be kind and have a happy heart.  i couldn't ask for more at this point in your sweet little life.  

we are also starting to really see the effects that society and outside factors can have on you.  you have come home from school and other places with some less-than-stellar behaviors and words and by the grace of God we have been able to work through them and help you understand that what other people do and say may not be acceptable in our home.  

as i have told you in years before, your father and i will ALWAYS be here for you and we will ALWAYS be together.  we know that our commitment to each other will directly influence the way you view relationships, and our number one goal in this life is to point you (and everyone we cross paths with) to Jesus.  we will never stop showing and teaching you that Jesus is the only way to true freedom.  He is the only way to be in the world, yet not OF the world, and don't be mistaken my sweet girl, they are two VERY different things.  

we want you to love on those who need loving.  we want you to serve those who need serving.  you have been placed into a family that will always turn to Christ and to the promises of scripture and we are here to help make this world a better place according to His will.  

you are so precious, sweet girl, and i am so beyond blessed to be able to be your mother.  you make me so proud and i am so excited to see how God uses you in this world to further His purpose.  

one request though:  please don't grow too fast.  these last three years have gone by in the blink of an eye and i can't figure out how to make it slow down!  

"whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, 
whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, 
if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." 
 phillippians 4:8

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