Nicholas at Seven

My Sweetest Nicholas,

I can’t believe you turned 7 this month. SEVEN! I know I say it every year, but I don’t know how the time passes so quickly. Seven was a big year for you. You grew so much, both in height and maturity. This year’s school year was tougher than Kindergarten, but you kept at it and it got a lot better. And the light bulb lit up for you when it came to reading. I was so excited to see it. You went from struggling to reading everything in sight in what seemed like over night. It was awesome.

As always, you are just as smart as ever. So smart I’m a little nervous sometimes. You get frustrated with people if they aren’t being logical…and that can cause tension with kids your own age. You’re working on your patience though.

You have always been such a sweet and loving boy, but this year we’ve really seen it, especially with Tobin. You are such an amazing big brother. You are so patient and it is so very obvious that you adore your baby brother. You two are so lucky to have each other. Seriously lucky.

And we are lucky to have you. You are smart and sweet and handsome and funny. We couldn’t have asked for a better son. I can’t wait to see how you grow and change this year! We love you!

Thankful for This Body

I am thankful for this body of mine. I haven’t been very good to it over the last decade, I don’t give it enough exercise and I feed it too much crap. Still, it has been forgiving of me. This amazing body has brought two beautiful sons into the world. I am in awe that I have been so unkind to this body and it hasn’t broken down on me. But it’s time to show how thankful I am, and take care of it the way it’s taken care of me. I am thankful for my body.