Happy Birthday, William! I can’t believe you’re 7 whole years old already. I am SO proud of you — this year your big event was starting local first grade in Russian! You have done so well, persevering with the writing homework and listening and understanding in class… your teacher told me how pleased she is with what a good student you are. Way to go!
Even more than Russian school, I have been so thankful for the way you are letting Jesus grow your heart. Recently I noticed you really listening when Daddy points out things about your character - like learning how it feels to let Ben go first, or putting aside what you wanted to do to help your sister - and then later that day or the next day, I see you doing it! That is the way to grow, Will… listen to correction, and then do it. I hope you keep this pattern the rest of your life - it will sure help you grow into the young man God created you to be!
I love how attuned you are to God’s creation. You’re always drawing my attention to a cool rock, or a neat flower, or a new colorful bird. You notice the way the trees look against the sky, and you think about how things are made and how they work. You have the mind of a scientist, engineer and poet all wrapped in one. It’s so amazing watching you unfold!
I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful first-born son. I love spending time with you, just the two of us, reading (you love the National Geographic Science readers) or playing games (like chess, checkers, Connect4 and UNO)… you are a “quality time” kind of guy, and I love that about you.
You’re goofy too - you love to groove and beatbox, and your dance moves are legendary. You like U2, Bluetree, Colin Buchanan and any other hoppin’ beat you can find! You are a unique, quirky, wonderful kid, and I love you so much. I love every day I get to be your Mom!
I hope you have a wonderful, special birthday with your cousins in New Zealand this year, and know how loved and special you are!
XOXO Love, Mom