Judah’s 5th Birthday Letter
Your big day has arrived and I am delighted to be able to spend the day celebrating YOU and the masterful Creator who put you together. The last few weeks have been such fun as you have highly anticipated and skillfully counted down the days til this one – the day you turn 5.
This past year with you has been incredible; you have owned our family traditions, you eagerly anticipate milestones and enthusiastically encourage us to celebrate midst the mundane rituals of daily life.
You thoroughly enjoy life and want those around you to enjoy it too.
I have watched you mature this year in a way that is so precious and so convicting to my heart … the most recent example of this maturity was the other night when Wesley’s bed had broken and he had to have his mattress moved to the floor. You asked if your mattress could also go on the floor. Without giving it much thought I said no and while your eyes flooded with tears you sweetly said, “Ok mommy.”
That touched my heart so deeply – you graciously and obediently accepted a ‘no’ answer despite the fact that it very obviously hurt your heart.
I sent you off to get your pajamas from my room and set about working in your bedroom making room for your mattress to fit on the floor too. When you came back expecting to sleep in your bed you were overjoyed to find your mattress on the floor and tightly hugged me.
Sweet boy, I make mistakes as a mom. I speak too harshly, too quickly, too much and sometimes too little. I haven’t, nor shall I ever, master the balance of doing it all well. But regardless of where I do things right or where I fall completely short – the Lord is working in your heart and in your life and it is exciting to witness.
That night as we said our bedtime prayers you prayed and thanked God that your mattress was moved to the floor. After you finished praying you whispered to me; “Mommy, I know you are the one who let me sleep on the floor, but I thought it should be God that I said thank you to. It says in that song ‘In everything give thanks to God’ so that’s why I thought I should thank Him for this. Is that ok?”
I hope you never lose those simple yet profound truths; that every good and perfect gift is from above and in everything give thanks to God.
I love you to the park, to Myrtle Beach, to Chicago, to Canada, to Nigeria, to the moon, to the sun and back my precious newly turned 5 year old. I am so excited to get to know you.