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 Boys

I thought I would have daughters. All of my cousins have daughters, and while I have one brother, the people in my family just seem to have girls. I had no scientific reason for thinking I’d have daughters, I just assumed I would. I’ve been naming future daughters in my head since I was in junior high school. It’s probably better I didn’t have daughters as “Sterling Penny” and “America Freedom” aren’t as pretty as I once thought they were.

I have boys. Two beautiful, snuggly, smart, hysterical boys. I am thankful every day for those two precious beings, and I thank God every day that he gave them to me. I play with their sweet toes and smell their little heads and try to freeze the moment in my mind so that I can continue to be thankful for them when they are stinky teenagers who don’t want to be snuggled. I am so thankful for my boys.