3) The video
Pictures from his first 5 years. When we made the similar video for KJ's 5th bday, I cried everytime I listened to the song, watched the video, sorted through the pictures. I'm still nostalgic with Cbug, but it is impossible to look at a complilation of his expressions and do anything but LAUGH. I mean how many people have a picture of themselves at 4 and 30 pounds, swaddled like baby Jesus? Or a dinosaur hanging out of their mouth at meet the teacher night? Oh, how the Lord knew I would need Cbug to keep me from taking life too seriously. This song, from "Slugs and Bugs and Lullabies" (one of our very favorite kid CDs), is SO fitting for him.
"I'm just a kid with a head full of dreams and a dream full of things to get done..."
4) The Letter
I cannot believe you are 5. In some ways your Daddy and I started treating you like you were 5 long before you were quite ready to be. You do so much to try to keep up with KJ that we sometimes try to make you older than you really are. Often you rise to that challenge, but sometimes when you snuggle up in my lap or grin that dimpled grin, I try to remind myself to just let you be little for a while longer.
This year we are especially grateful to be celebrating another birthday with you. You started the year a pretty sick little boy. We had a scary couple of days with you in the hospital in March. You LOVED the playroom there, but your Daddy and I are very thankful that we haven't had to repeat that trip. You've been on different medications for the rest of the year and it has made a huge difference for your asthma. We are so very thankful!
And that's my prayer for you this year. That you will continue to use your humor, your fierce love for those you encounter, your tender-heart, and the best dimpled grin I've ever seen to steal hearts for Jesus. May you bring Him glory as you shine from deep down within yourself. And may you grow up to know more about a Lord whose Love and Grace NEVER run out, just like your hugs.
We love you so much, Buddy! And are always thankful for the way you help us just enjoy life.
And then one more 5th birthday post for you, buddy, coming soon- the Birthday DAY.