Friday, August 26, 2016

Our first time with FIVE

Sweet lady of mine,

I cannot believe FIVE years have passed since you made me a mama for the very first time.

Five.  I mean five is a big deal.  It's a full hand of numbers, half a decade, a pretty major milestone.  You started kindergarten this year and you absolutely LOVE it.  You love to learn and explore and knowledge is something you can't get enough of!  Your sweet, sweet spirit is such a joy to watch.  You are so kind to others, always concerned about the well being of those around you.

The lines between friends and family is blurred and you love people with a veracity that makes my heart swell.  You love people well, Brice, and that is something that I pray never, EVER dwindles in you.

You have the best little giggle and scrunch up your nose when you think something is funny or cute.  There are so many moments where I look at you and I think to myself, "how in the world did I deserve something so beautiful and so sweet to take care of?"  You truly are a joy.  And i don't mean a joy in the worldly view of something that makes me happy (although you do make your mama happy!!  OH SO HAPPY!) but more along the lines of joy in seeing how our Creator pieced you together.  Every little attribute is unique to you and I love seeing His design displayed through you.

We are working now on becoming brave - on being confident in being Brice - and facing head on things that are scary.  I have to chuckle writing this, because we all know your brother is the COMPLETE opposite.  Maybe God knows my mama heart can't handle two fearless children.

Our prayer for you, sweet girl, is that you always see the grace poured out on you and that you never lose your gentle and caring heart.  We want Jesus to become so real and so vivid in your life that every day you know who you belong to and that you were created for a purpose.  You are a care taker, a lover, a nurturer...and I can't wait to see how those gifts God has given you grow into becoming a beautiful young woman.

You are one of a kind.  And we are so glad you are ours.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Romans 15:13

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Monday, February 1, 2016

graham's third birthday love note.

brother bear,

we are actually closer to your fourth birthday than your third now.  this last year has been a whirlwind - crazier than all the others of your life combined.  daddy and mommy were part of a team that opened a new business, we sold our house and we moved...all within three months of your third birthday.  to say i'm a bit behind is an understatement!

so anyway, back to you.  geez, kiddo, I don't even know where to start.  there are so many things that come to mind when i think of you:  you are a MESS.  full-throttle.  crazy. a manimal.  ornery.  sneaky.  hilarious.  loving.  protective.  charming.  goodness gracious you know how to work your mama.  those big blue eyes and those kisses.  sheesh. 

you are stubborn and one of the most strong-willed children I have ever been around.  this causes many headaches, but I also know this will be one of the things that will prove to be the most beneficial to you in life.  we pray that you never march to the beat of someone else's drum.  that you always stay YOU.  the world will try to shape you into one of the masses.  defy it.  cling to what is true, what is right.  your father and I will never stop pouring the gospel of Jesus Christ into you.  we aren't old (yet!) but we have seen enough to know He is faithful, He is true.  again, the world will try to tell you otherwise, but don't listen.  there will come a day where you will know undeniably that the gospel we talk about is alive; that we aren't bound to some earthly religion, but we have been ransomed by Jesus through His finished work at the cross.  we pray your life is joyful and happy and that the freedom found in Christ enables you to live life with abandon. 

we  pray that you become a man of God that fights for the lesser ones and loves with no boundaries.  we pray that you come to grasp the enormity that everyone you cross paths with is an immortal being - that they were created by God for His glory and you will be a protector of His people. 

sweet boy, I can't even begin to imagine what your life will look like, but what I know without a doubt  is that you are loved more than the stars in the sky or the hairs on your head.  there will be a day where the gospel will capture your heart and change you, and I pray that when you are old and grey, you never remember a day in your life without Jesus. 

 you are my greatest challenge, but an even greater reward.  I am so thankful you are mine...even if I want to give you away some days.  and I am oh-so-sad that the days of #grahamisstuck are over. 

in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect
1 Peter 3:15

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