Happy 4th Birthday Edison!

Happy birthday Edison! I can hardly believe it has been four years!

Right now you are eating homemade pizza on the living room floor while watching Olympic ski jumping. You keep asking “Is that guy a pelican?!” and won’t listen to us when we tell you he is not a pelican. Maybe you’re the most perceptive of us all though, since these athletes are flying through the air as if they were birds!

So. Today I couldn’t find the yearly birthday interview from when you turned three.  Each birthday, starting at age three, I ask you and your sisters the same set of questions, to see how your answers change as you grow older. I know I asked you the questions last year, but they have apparently been eaten by the computer. As I was searching I realized that I have little letters saved that I wrote to the girls while they were younger, but I do not have any written for you. Hit with a wave of sadness, I opened the blog to write to you on your birthday.

I am so sorry sweet boy, that I do not have more words for you. You fill our lives with such immeasurable joy, and every one of our days are filled with love and laughter – yes, with some tears in the mix too, but such is life. At the end of most days there’s not much brainpower left in this mom-brain of mine to remember to write letters. That doesn’t mean you aren’t important, and it doesn’t mean that I don’t have anything to say to you. In all honestly, there’s so much to say that it’s hard to think of where to begin!

You love anything to do with construction equipment, and have been thoroughly enjoying the new construction going on in our neighborhood. You are always grumpy if we have to wake you up from a nap, but just one small mention of going for a walk or a bike ride has your eyes shining with anticipation. In the mornings you wake up by 5:35am no matter what time you went to bed the night before, and often times you’ll sing to yourself until your clock turns green at 6:00am to signal that it’s ok to get out of bed. You love singing, and have an impressive memory – in fact, you’re still singing Christmas songs in February! You’re the friendliest person I know, and I don’t think you’ve ever met a stranger. Even when we went to Urgent Care one Friday night for a high fever, you asked everyone their name and were as friendly as could be, despite the fact that you were up past your bedtime, as well as under the weather.

On school days we start with prayer, scripture memory, and hymns. Many times throughout the day I’ll hear your clear little voice singing “To God Be the Glory” or “Holy Holy Holy.” Recently when Grandma stopped you from doing something we had asked you not to do, you told her something like “Oh yeah – children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. That is a good Bible verse, Grandma.” I can hardly believe that you have those words (and many others) hidden in your heart at the tender age of four. What a gift, Edison! You have such an inquisitive nature, and ask a lot of questions – especially about God. “Mommy? Did God give us houses? Food? Cars? Mommies and daddies?” In fact – you just now got out of bed and came downstairs to ask me if God gave us hearts when He built us, and if He has hearts in His hands. I love all of your questions, Eddie, and I will always do my best to give you answers. I pray that you never lose your inquisitive nature, and I am confident that God will use it to do great things in your life!

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  1. Grandma Kathy says:

    Amanda, what a sweet letter that he will cherish in the future. You and Mark are doing amazing work in building a spiritual foundation in your young ones. It was amazing to hear Eddie recite the Apostles’ Creed and sing the hymns at the table that morning. I think of the verse in Psalm 119:11 about hiding God’s Word in our hearts so that we might not sin against Him. When he quoted the verse to me about obeying parents, I saw God’s Word come alive in a little boy that wants to be obedient even when he would like to do whatever. Keep up the good work, guys, for God will give you the strength. Praying for you…

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