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Guess Who’s 4?

December 9, 2010

Dear Matthew,

Happy Birthday!  It’s hard to believe that you are 4 years old today.  These past 4 years really have flown by.

I remember that first year after you were born…i remember how much i treasured every feeding, every diaper change, and every newborn snuggle, beacuse i knew that there was a good chance you’d be my last baby.

your second year was anything but calm….once you started walking, you were into EVERYTHING, ALL THE TIME.  seriously, i couldn’t turn my back on you for 2 seconds without you getting into something.  the words heard the most often in our home during that time were, “where’s matthew?” and “matthew, NO!”.

i prayed often during that year, that God would give me the strength to keep up with you and that i wouldn’t  lose my trying to keep you from killing yourself.  🙂

around the time you turned 3, something began to change in you.  one day i noticed that you were actually sitting STILL and looking at a book.  you began to ask to play with legos or play doh and you would play happily with them while while mommy did school with your sisters and brother.

it was around this time that God helped me to see you with new eyes….He helped me to see your love for life and the way you make everything an adventure.  he helped me to see that we can laugh at our mistakes and we can take the time to be silly and love on one another.

God has used you to bring so much joy and laughter to our family.  your smile lights up the room and your tender heart is always willing to apologize for wrongs you have done.

I love you so much, my sweet boy, and i thank God for the precious gift of you….

Happy Birthday!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2010 3:13 pm

    Happy Birthday Matthew! I love his mustache picture. 🙂

  2. December 13, 2010 4:20 pm

    So adorable! Hope he had a wonderful birthday!

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