Seven

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Alex…

It’s lucky number SEVEN!  Tonight, the eve of your 7th birthday, we went back and looked at your photo album from last year.  We read the letter I wrote to you and reminisced about all that has transpired.  I was surprised to see no mention of our pending move to Oregon.  The weekend of your birthday last year, Daddy was travelling up to Corvallis to interview for a position as Head of Staff at First Presbyterian.  And days later we would be sharing the news of our move.  It was not an easy pill to swallow.  I remember lots of crying.  You had made such wonderful friends in Sunnyvale and had a great Kindergarten year.  The thought of uprooting our family and changing the life that you knew and loved was kind of like ripping off a bandaid.  It hurt and stung (even though we knew it would be so good too).welcome

 

You spent June wrapping up school at Ellis Elementary.  Enjoying last day hurrahs and dress up events.  Lots of hugs from your teacher (who even called you a few months later on an especially hard day when you were missing familiar faces the following September).  Packing boxes after boxes.  A last week of Vacation Bible School.  Last All Church Picnic.  A week of LEGO camp.  Last burgers and fries and Neapolitan shakes at In and Out Burger.  Just thinking back to all that must have been going through your mind makes me a bit sad and overwhelmed now, a year later.

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Your zest for life…your stubborn independence….your inner JEDI seemed to propel you through those weeks of impending transition with strength.  Instead of dwelling on being sad, you grasped onto the adventures ahead.  You embraced our trip North with fun stops along the way.  You quickly made our new house your home, acquiring a library card on day one and promptly losing your first tooth at dinner that same night, our first in Corvallis.  We took trips to the Oregon Coast and anchored our new home back to a vacation spot we’d enjoyed for years with you “way back when”.  As with everything, you embraced it all with open arms.  Without meaning to, you seem to find ways to mark the important moments in our family life with pomp and circumstance and flair.  You push Daddy and I to explain our thinking.  You ask hard questions.  You freely share all you are learning.  {if I have to choose one thing about age six that will stick with me the most it will probably be this love of learning that ignited this year}  You are never lacking in drama (mostly the best kind) always breaking out into song, planning and implementing plays and roping Drew into your schemes.  You write and illustrate story after story.

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We began, with your help!, to create new family rhythms and routines.  A new church family embraced us and you quickly forged new friendships that I don’t doubt will continue on for many many years to come.  Two long weeks after your California buddies began school, you FINALLY got to start 1st grade.  God truly gave us one of the biggest gifts with your assignment to Room 7 and Mrs. Stone.  As with Miss Moorehead in Kindergarten, Mrs. Stone has become a true inspiration and guide to you this year.  She has helped you work on your love of “calling out” with the goal of earning the illustrious “gold star” and “staying green” on the behavior chart.  You have learned to become a fluent reader this year, picking up books for fun (your Teacher Mama has cried many happy tears watching this unfold).  You studied plants, the human body, engineering of bridges and so much more.  The thing is….the specifics aren’t what really matter…it was truly the unfurling of more and more of YOU that happened.  It is a joy to watch YOU become more and more YOU.

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Your love for building and creating—–Do.  Not.  END.  And even after umpteen times of stepping on those BLASTED (*#%$&#&!!!) plastic bits, I wouldn’t trade your love of LEGOS for anything.  I love watching your brain move and create and be inspired.

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Your love of ties and now bow ties is becoming a bit legendary and like so many other aspects of your life, it is ALL YOU.  In case you wonder when you are 25 if your mom and dad MADE you dress up?!?  Well, no.  It wasn’t us.  It’s just YOU.  You like it.  You do it.  Even though we have had a few folks suggest we curb your tie enthusiasm, we know two things….number one?  It can’t be tamed.  And number two?  Why would we want to?  We love you fully, as you are, with your passions, individuality and enthusiasms included.  We hope you feel our support and love bolstering you and surrounding you and cheering you on no matter what.  Ties or no ties.

Now you and your brother.  WOW.  That’s a new one for your only child mom.  You two are like oil and water and yet….simultaneously….inseparable.  Watching your unique bond unfold is a true mystery and a wonderful gift all at once.  Thank you for the ways you desire to teach and inspire him.  To make the world magical for him.  To keep him laughing and including him in all your crazy ideas.

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It is our deepest hope that you will continue to be comfortable in your skin.  To get teary-eyed when something moves you.  To be lost in imaginary play.  To find books too good to put down.  To go on date nights with mom or Starbucks sessions with dad.  To see the beauty around you and name it.  To be excited by all there is to learn.  To go the extra mile to make things fancy (who doesn’t want to drink milk from a wine glass?).  To indulge in the joys of a snowy day and NO SCHOOL!!!

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Because….what we really want you to know deep, deep down,

in your bones and in the furthest reaches of your heart,

is that we see you.

You matter.

And we LOVE to watch you.

 {even if we have to turn away for fear of another ER visit from your antics!}…

 

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Blessings in this magical year of Seven.

 May it be filled with adventure.

Friends.  Fun.  Play.  Learning.  Family.

Because through it all,

you are growing and changing and becoming more and more the person God created you to be.

 And we LOVE watching it happen.

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Happy Seventh Birthday, Mr. Al-Bug.

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Previous Birthday Posts

Six and a Half (some reflections on “the half years”)

Six

Five

Four

 

 

3 thoughts on “Seven

  1. What a great recap of his year with so many wonderful pictures! He’s a very special young man with a very supportive, loving family. Love and Blessings to you all, Miriam

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