Saturday, February 17, 2018

The last birthday before the teen years is here....

Dearest Caleb,

You are 12 years old! Already! What a fun day we had today. You said you wanted to do something with animals for your birthday. We just went to the Zoo this week for our monthly homeschool class, so you asked if we could go to an aquarium. We went to the small Sea Life Aquarium in Charlotte and even did a "Back Stage Tour" to get to see how they care for the animals. Then you got to spend your birthday money at the Lego Store and the Disney Store. We ended the evening with pie and ice cream with friends. You asked for blueberry pie and ice cream instead of cake this year.

You year in review- you started serving at church on the sound/media team, doing the computer and the lights on Sunday mornings. My favorite moment from this year- one Sunday, Jordan forgot to put one of the songs into the slide show. When we got to song in the service, you didn't have any words to put on the screen..... so you typed onto the screen "Sorry no words." Oh my. I love you kid. Everyone chuckled, a friend helped you find the song and add it to the slide show and about halfway through, the words were there. And Jordan loved it. He said it was the perfect way to cut the tension of the moment.

You played Flag Football in the fall and I was so proud of the team mate that you were. You had one friend on the team, also named Caleb, but the rest of the team was strangers. You were a true team player- playing whatever position you were needed in and cheering for all your team mates. It thrilled me when you caught a touchdown pass because you had spent all season cheering for the rest of your team as they scored.

You are taking Algebra I this year and kicking tail. You are still a voracious reader- we can't keep books in your hands you read them so fast!

Caleb, it's so hard to put into words how I feel about you turning 12. You are growing up so fast and I really wish I could slow it down! But I also love watching you grow. You are growing into such a delightful and precious young man. You are smart and kind. You are a good friend and a natural leader. You are stubborn and sometimes too smart for your own good, but so is your momma, so you come by it naturally. I am so thankful for the way that God has been working in your heart this year. It is such a joy to watch you grow in Christlikeness and love for those around you. I am challenged by your devotion to the Word. You are a very special young man and I can't wait to see how God uses you for His glory. Caleb, your dad and I are so very grateful to be your parents. What a gift we were given 12 years ago! We pray that you would continue seeking the Lord, that He would draw you deeper into his grace and that you would grow in wisdom and knowledge of Him. Happy 12th birthday Bubby! We love you, no matter what, forever and ever.

























Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Decade of Sweetness

Dear Noah,

It's the night of your 10th birthday. What a wonderful day it has been! It snowed about 3 inches today. We celebrated with friends and played in the snow all day.

I really can't believe you are ten years old, my sweetest boy. It's hard to believe that my rolly-polly baby is now a tall bean pole of a boy.

This year you played flag-football and you really seemed to hit your groove. You were a great running back, patient to find your holes and then exploding with speed and moves like Kerryon Johnson or Le'veon Bell. It sure was fun to watch you. You also ran your first Triathlon this past summer and came in 3rd! You really seemed to enjoy it- even in the July heat!

Besides sports, you also really like to draw. Lasts Spring you took a watercolor class, which you enjoyed, but this fall we were able to get you started with drawing classes. You have loved your weekly class with Garrett. It's really nice to watch you have your own thing.

Noah, you are joy to be around. Quiet and unassuming, you always put others before yourself. As a brother and as a friend, you love so well. It's been really sweet watching your friendship with Josiah, especially, flourish this year.

Every night, at bedtime, you like to tell me that you love me more. But, buddy, it's just not possible. You are a beautiful gift to me. Your gentle spirit challenges me and touches me. I love the way you care for others, the way you listen so well. I love watching you grow and become your own person. Noah Jackson, so like your daddy, we pray that God would continue calling you to himself, that you would grow in your knowledge of him and understanding of the gospel. We're so thankful we get to call you our son. We love you, no matter, what forever and ever. Happy 10th Birthday Noah-bear!