I know, I know...this is late...by two weeks. This letter has been floating around in my head and I just haven't taken the time to sit down and write it.
In addition to your school buddies you are also very good friends with your cousin who is 5 weeks older than you
Whenever the two of you are able to spend time together you are inseparable. It is a very sweet, loving relationship which makes all of us smile. We hope that it lasts beyond childhood and into your teenage years and adulthood.
You are such a good big brother to Little Dude. You are patient and kind and the two of you have so much fun together. He really loves you and looks up to you. I pray that one day you and The Boy can be friends. I think you are just trying to figure that relationship out and aren't sure how. I celebrate the times that the two of you play games or build together.
This past year you rode your first roller coaster at Disney World, played baseball, advanced to a higher level of swimming, and are playing fall soccer right now. You have taking a liking to playing games, but have a funny way of playing. In the game Dominion that we like to play you never try to win but try to either earn the most money or have the fewest points.
If I had a magic wand I would make it so that school wasn't so hard for you. It's hard to see you struggle; hard to make you do homework when you come home; hard to see you get upset about it. So, we will keep on preserving in the best way that we can because it has to be done. I know that when you put your mind to something, you will work hard and diligently. I know that God has amazing plans for you.
I saw a glimpse of a leader last Sunday in Sunday School as you sang loud as we practiced a song and as you re-told the story we were learning about. I shared how proud I was of you for doing that and will continue to encourage your leadership and faith in church, in the home and at school.
Micah 6:8 says, "and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?You, my darling boy, live this verse. You seek what is right, you show love and kindness to others and you are humble in your faith. I'm so proud of who you are and all that you do.
I look forward to watching you grow, learn and serve in this coming year...next stop: double digits! But this mama isn't rushing a thing!
I love you!!!! Happy Birthday!