Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday, Gage!

Dear Gage,
Today you turned 3. Three whole years since I first got to see you, but not hold you. Your birthday is so special to me. Its a day of many emotions, but thankfully mostly all happy ones! Three years ago today I was told to head over to the hospital and we would get to meet you! I was so excited and nervous. See, you decided to come a bit too early in our eyes, but not in God's eyes. God knew the perfect day.
We were about to face some bumps in the road. Yucky bumps. I don't take the term miracle baby lightly. You are a miracle. You were given great strength and determination from so small. God used you to push me to a new level of trusting in Him and finding strength I never knew I had. Those days are just memories now and they are memories I never will forget, nor do I want to forget them.
Someday will share your story with you. You asked to see a baby picture of yourself today, and I showed you one. You ran away...then came back a few minutes later.  I guess I failed to inform you it was you hooked up to life saving machines. We talked a bit and you said to close the computer. You then asked me to show you not sick pictures, so I did. You smiled and said you were cute, I agree!
I think you told every person we saw today it was your birthday. You are so proud and wore a shirt with the number 3 on it. You asked for a poodle cake. I was not so sure how I was going to pull that one off, so I was very thankful you changed your mind and wanted a brown cake with lots of sprinkles...that is something I could handle! :) I am in love with your smile and laugh. You are still a cuddly guy and are always good for some snuggles! You love your baby sister. You are still very protective of her. You are one of the friendliest kids I have ever seen. We often joke that if anyone says "hi" to you then you are their friend for life. The other day we were at chapel for Gavin's preschool, I looked over to find you sitting on someones lap we didn't know. The same thing happend at the library. You have such a sweet heart and I need to teach you about stranger danger. :)
As I tucked you into bed tonight and your 3rd birthday came to an end I spent a couple extra seconds thanking God for you....even when you called me a silly chicken. You are quite silly.
Well, sweet boy I can't wait to watch you grow over this next year. You are such a blessing to us and to all those you are around. You are so loved! Happy Birthday, son!



Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Love List

Tonight was a struggle. No kids thought it was a good idea to listen. I yelled more in one night than I usually do in a month. I am not proud of that. So...I have decided to make a top 3 list for each kid what I love most about them.
1. Tenderhearted
2. Helpful
3. Determined

1. Goofy
2. Devoted Friend
3. Giving

1. Inquisitive
2. Polite

1. Loveable
2. Sensitive
3. Momma's Boy

2. Happy
3. Snuggly

Ahhh...I feel better already. Now I can go up kiss all their foreheads while they are sleeping and thank God for a fresh start tomorrow. Isn't it amazing how children are so forgiving? I love my kids. But sometimes I just need a reminder.