My sweet Richard, not a baby anymore….

Happy 3rd Birthday my sweet Richard!!!!!

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Oh my I just don’t know where the time went. I cannot believe that my baby is turning 3 years old. He has grown up in so many ways in just this past 6 months. He has mastered potty training his speaking and vocabulary has grown enormously and he has lost ‘baby’ appearance and turning into a little person. My heart is so full of love for my children and it is such a bittersweet feeling to see each of them grow another year older.

Richard is different in many ways than my older he two, he is certainly keeping me on my toes. He is so incredibly smart, he learns things so quickly. He is strong willed and determined. This boy can throw! He is strength and aim when he throws a ball…..not always a good thing for a toddler as this has been cause for many mishaps but baseball is likely in this child’s future. He knows what he wants. He is growing up quicker than the older ones in the sense that he just wants to be one of the bigs kids, most of the time he thinks he is one of the bigs kids trailing behind them, trying to keep up. In a different way he seems to be snuggling and more attached to me in a way the older ones weren’t. The love and happiness that lights up on his face when he sees me after being apart melts me from the inside out.

There have been several significant life changes with out family over the past three years, and in reflecting on these changes I am in absolute awe of how truly blessed we are to be where we are today. God is so good and awesome! God has done such incredible things in our life.

I am so thankful for being their mother and for the children they are growing into but at the same time it is sad to let go of different stages in their lives. The experience of being a mother and the love and emotion that is in my heart for my children words cannot describe. I never imagined that I could feel so much. My children are like little pieces of my heart walking around outside of me, I love them so unconditionally and in a way that can only be a truly a gift and blessing from God. I am so thankful He chose me to be the mother of all of my children, my natural children and my stepchildren. What an honor that God chose me to be in their lives and raise them and love them.

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“Then they brought the little children to Him that He might touch them, but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, ‘let the little children come to me and do not forbid them for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly I say to you whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will b no means enter it. ‘ and. He took them up in His arms laid His hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16

My sweet Richard I hope you have a wonderful birthday and cannot wait to celebrate this day with you next weekend. Today my prayer for you….

” Heavenly Father,

I pray that You would bless Richard with the gift of eternal life at a young age, the strength to remain pure in heart and body, a fear of The Lord that leads to great wisdom and protection as he brings the gospel into a dark world.

I pray he always knows Your love and my love. That he always feels treasured and never doubts how wonderful he is. I pray he grows into an affectionate, loving, strongly, worthy, humble, devoted, brave, wise, deserving mighty warrior of Christ.

Thank You Lord for my children I know they are a gift from You, daily I need Your strength and wisdom to train them in the way they should go. Give me patience and a joyful heart let me be an example of Your love and forgiveness. Thank You for the honor of being a mother.

In Jesus name I pray, Amen.”

” I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4

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