Thursday, February 24, 2011

Dear Kristopher,

Today wasn't quite the day we expected to have... I stayed in bed all day and you went to school then spent the afternoon with Grandma.  Our friend made you a beautiful (and I understand it was tasty too!) cake, and the evening closed with a gift and an uneventful goodnight.

Though I'm glad we celebrated your birth with a party a little early, so all was not lost on celebrating who you are, I had hoped to be the one to bring you that Happy Meal and to have lunch with you today.  I had hoped to sing Happy Birthday and spend the afternoon doing something special.

Instead, others who love you stepped in and helped to keep your day special, and once again we'll have a "late celebration" to be your special time.

This year you've grown from a "little guy" into a "kid".  Yeah, my terminology may be a bit weird, but really, at 6 you needed a lot more supervision, direction, and entertainment.  Now, you're so much more independent in all of those things, and you've changed from being one of the little guys who I am doing everything for into a kid who often offers to help the little ones.  You can cheer up any of your brothers and sisters with just a goofy word or action.  You can figure out complex solutions to problems without any help.  You're excelling in school in every area which your teacher agrees on.  You've developed your own little personality which... really... isn't so little :).  You have a sense of humor that people say "how old are you again??" which must come from your dad!  You've taken a new level of skill in training up your body and pushing your limits by playing soccer this past year and now getting in to running several miles a day with your dad.  You've become a little book worm like your mom, and have found ways to pass some quiet time as well.

It's hard to believe that it's been 7 years since you were born!  I love you more today than ever before.  I love you for being YOU.  And I also love each attribute that you have.  You're learning to be more like Jesus each day and to hear you tell me about ways that you're shaping your life is wonderful.  I pray that this year you'll learn even more about each of the Fruits of the Spirit and will continue to learn and grow in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.

Happy 7th Birthday, Kristopher!  With love from Mom and Dad.

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