Wednesday, February 15, 2017


And then a decade went by.  

Our oldest, our beginning of parenthood, our first son of three, turns 10 today.  It's amazing how quickly a decade can pass by.  It's amazing how much you can learn, how much you can change, in ten years.

Looking back at pictures all I could think was who are those babies, both the literal sweet precious boy and the younger version of his parents whose eyes portray their feelings of love and the doubts, fears, and joys that all mix together when you are gifted a life to raise.

My sweet Micah, you have born the brunt of our many parenting mistakes, pioneering through our inexperience, and preparing a smoother road for your brothers behind you.  I could not have asked for a better boy to take on that role.  

Yes you can be impatient, let your temper be known when someone who looks like you but is much smaller presses one too many buttons.  You have the tendency to be more than a little hard on yourself, expect too much of yourself, a trait your mama knows all too well.

But those many years ago I could never imagined what a joy it would be to have a 10 year old, let alone one as cool as you.  You are a joy to be around, fun to talk to and hang out with to play games, basketball, catch or anything else for that matter.  You have been gifted a heart that genuinely loves others and longs to be in community.  You lead patiently and know how to rejoice with those who are rejoicing.  You passionately pursue the dreams placed within you.  While I would never want to rush the growth, both fun and painful, that you will have to go through, seeing the way God molds you into the man he created you to be will be a treasure no matter the struggle to understand its worth.

Though helpful to be sure, any success in your life has not come from our skill as parents, or from your dedication and hard work.  It has come from the Spirit at work within us, within you.  Just like Hannah did with Samuel, we gave you to the Lord knowing that on our own, even with our best efforts, we could never give you what you truly needed.  While I would never want to rush the growth, both fun and painful, that you will have to go through, seeing the way God continues to mold you into the man he created to be will be an honor.

Whether in school, friendships, future relationships, sports, music, driving me crazy with bottle flipping and tech decks, or just time alone we will be with you, loving you, rooting for you, praying for you, and here for you, no matter what.

So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD." And [we still pray that you] worshiped the LORD there [all the days of your life].

Saturday, February 11, 2017

field trip to the high

Even if it wasn't either one of our favorite field trips, we had a great time together at the High Museum and are both wanting to go back so we can actually SEE a lot of the pieces.  4 items were all that would fit during the time with our tour guide, but we loved all the ones we saw and we loved some time alone.

Friday, February 10, 2017

lego star destroyer

Two years ago for Christmas we gave Micah the Lego Star Destroyer.  The only thing was that we had purchased it used from a friend so it was all thrown in a box mostly dismantled and looking very intimidating without the neatly organized numbered bags.

It sat in his closet for over a year until he set one of his goals for the year to finish it.  We brought all the pieces out, helped him organize them in like piles and for a little over a week he spent every spare moment putting it together and going on many hunts in our stash for missing pieces.

He was so proud when he finished, and I, for one, was SUPER impressed!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

hot chocolate date

A before school date at the local coffee house with Logan included delicious hot chocolate and a lot of "Jengo" playing.  This will be a repeated event.  It was such a fun time with my baby.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

breakfast with daddy

Waffle house breakfast date with daddy!  According to Logan it's the only place that has "real" waffles.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

dogs with dad

Because Father's Day is in the summer they celebrate it at a different time of the year at Preschool with a Dogs with Dad lunch.  Unfortunately Zach had a meeting he couldn't get out of so with Logan's permission, and the promise of a Waffle House date the next day, I went instead.  Logan told me I had to wear one of daddy's shirts and hats and I jokingly added well how about a beard too!?  To which he said Yes You Have to!  

I just brought it with me for the picture but Logan said I looked so weird I needed to take it off.  He wore it instead.