Happy Birthday buddy! Wow, what a year this has been. When I stop to think of all that has changed in your life this past year, it’s pretty staggering. I guess every year is full of changes in one form or another but this year’s seem particularly momentous.
For starter’s not long after your last birthday we moved from China back to the US where Daddy started a new job at Covenant College in a town that was completely new to us all. We’ve joined a church, met a lot of new friends, you’ve tried out a bunch of new things like soccer and basketball and t-ball and choir. You’ve had a lot more to do in school this year as we’re focusing on reading. And to top it all off, less than two weeks ago you got a new baby brother! Whew!
All of these changes haven’t been easy. There have been times you’ve been sad, missing China and friends there. There have been times you’ve cried. But I have been so amazed by your flexibility and perseverance and willingness to branch out, meet new people and try new things.
So, what are you like as a seven year old?
You are an incredibly loving son and brother (most of the time!). You are encouraging to our family, you play really well with LG and Eden and you clearly love your new baby brother to pieces! You’re great at noticing things that need to be done and doing them and you’re often the first to respond if I need help with anything.
You are a little athlete. You have really enjoyed getting to play team sports for the first time and we love watching you play. You’re not the best player and you’re not the worst player, but the thing that sets you apart is that you play hard and give it your all every time you’re on the field or court. You also play with joy, and pretty much constantly have a smile on your face.
You love the outdoors. I am constantly amazed at the things you come up with to play outside. You are always collecting sticks, or finding bugs or building things, or playing in the “creek” beside the house. One day you took a blanket and snack outside all by yourself and just sat under a tree for awhile, quiet and watching.
You love animals and cried when the frog you caught got away. You’re smart, you are doing so well with reading and math and our other school work and I so appreciate your diligence even when it’s hard. You are a picky eater, *sigh*. You LOVE to listen to audio books, I mean, all the time! And you’ve listened to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Chronicles on Narnia many times already. I love that good stories are sinking deep in your mind and heart.
What will this next year hold? Hopefully a bit more stability and no huge changes for our family as we settle into the community here on the mountain and as we continue to learn and grow in grace together. I can’t wait to see how you continue to love Bo well as his big brother. You’ll be starting second grade and learning more in school and you’ll soon have a whole year of life on the mountain under your belt. Your friendships will grow deeper. You’ll gain more confidence, and you’ll grow bigger and stronger in body and heart and mind. There’s a lot to look forward to!
I love you Wade Wylie. I love that you give great hugs and kisses and that you still hold my hand. I love that you are a great snuggler and will still curl up beside me to listen to a book. I love when you wake up earlier than the girls (as often happens) and we have time to just sit and talk while the house is still quiet.
I’m so thankful for the privilege of being your mom.
Love you to the moon and back,