This boy came into our home as a 4-year-old out-of-control orphan. Over the last 8 months he has become a kind, sweet, helpful part of our family. He has learned to sit still, be polite and respectful, cheer others on, and use his words to express big feelings and ideas. He has learned so much in school – ABCs, counting, how to spell his name, just to name a few things.
He is a great brother and poster child middle kid. He loves playing with his big sister and little brother, but can also play by himself really well if neither of them are around. When he plays with his big sister, he goes with the flow (mostly). He stands up for himself if he really feels strongly about something, but if not he’s happy to play what and how she wants to play. When he plays with his little brother, he is so sweet to him. He shares easily and genuinely enjoys playing with him, even though he’s 3 years older than him. I’m so excited to watch their relationship grow as they get older.
He is probably my best encourager. Whenever Gary and I are doing anything at all (making dinner, building furniture, etc), he can be found on the sidelines cheering, “You’re really awesome at that!” He gives compliments frequently and freely – you’re pretty, you’re awesome, that thing you made is really cool, that baby/kid is really cute, you’re the best at (fill in the blank), etc.
He (usually) wants to obey and tries hard to do what we’ve asked him to do, and he has become super helpful as he’s gotten older. He can play with his little brother and let me know if the baby is getting into something he shouldn’t. He helps me get the baby ready in the morning by keeping track of both their backpacks and lunches, and even will help get the baby’s shoes on and off. He takes poopy diapers to the outside garbage and helps his sister give the dogs food and water every night.
He is extremely polite and respectful, and he is quick to say he’s sorry. When I’m talking to him or asking him to do something, I rarely get anything less than a “yes ma’am.” If he hurts someone or does something someone doesn’t like or does something disappoints me or makes me sad (like getting something of mine dirty or breaking something on accident), he will quickly say he’s sorry, and he means it. It’s hard to be mad at him after that, even when I really want to be.
He is sweet, snuggly, and very affectionate. He is always up for sitting together and snuggling, and he always asks for a hug and a kiss before nap/rest time and bedtime.
He is a really generous sharer and a good friend. He never says no to sharing what he has. If he has two of anything, you can always count on him to give one of them away. I hope he always retains this quality!
Happy 5th birthday to this sweet boy!
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