Happy 5th Birthday Big Kid!
Today you turn five – that’s a whole hand! I can’t believe you’ve been in our lives for half a decade. I still remember the day you were born like it was yesterday. You were so tiny and sleepy. Now you are so big and energetic. I am proud of who you’ve become in the last five years and I’m incredibly grateful to be your mom.
You are full of energy and up for almost anything. I love that you are willing to try new things and make new friends. You approach everything with a positive attitude and lots of gusto. Your enthusiasm will allow you to prioritize having a good time, even when the responsibilities of life threaten to take away your fun.
You are persistent and don’t give up easily. Twice last week I messed up something in the kitchen and you told me, “But Mommy, you can just try to do it again.” And I did. You challenge me with you “I can” attitude. You will achieve far more persevering through failure after failure, than instantly giving up.
You are smart and catch on to things quickly. I enjoy watching you absorb all of the things you are learning at school, especially your aptitude for math and the ability to discern between fiction and non-fiction. Your memory is incredibly long. That means you are quick to remind me of promises I made you, but you can also easily memorize your Bible verses for school. Having those truths planted in your heart, will serve you well right when you need it.
You care deeply about people and animals that are hurting. You want to make sure that they are going to be okay. I see compassion in you even though you are still an ego-centric preschooler who has a hard time sharing. You will have to fight against being selfish, because we all do, but I know that deep down you are compelled to act on behalf of those in need.
You are constantly asking me questions. Questions about our world and God. You want to decide for yourself what you like and don’t like. I love watching you process the things you learn and develop your own conclusions and opinions. I long to see you live out your convictions and I know your curiosity will lead you on many exciting adventures.
I’m so proud of you. I must tell you this a lot because occasionally you’ll tell me, “I’m proud of you Mommy. Good job.”
But really, the “Good Job!” goes to you Mac. You couldn’t be any better at being you than you already are. So keep up the good work and live fully out of all the ways God made you.
I love you Mac,
P.S. You surprised me with your school birthday treat request. I thought after the birthday cake fail I was going to just buy cupcakes for the class but you had us both baking brownies. Always keeping me on my toes, my boy!
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