F O U R

 I don't know what it is about taking pictures of your kids when they're asleep but I took this grainy one in the wee hours this morning. Bo tends to find his way to the couch at some point in the middle of the night/early morning on most days.

I don't know what it is about taking pictures of your kids when they're asleep but I took this grainy one in the wee hours this morning. Bo tends to find his way to the couch at some point in the middle of the night/early morning on most days.

On this day F O U R years ago you became an answered prayer and made me a mama. You, my Bo Bear have been a light in mine and your daddy’s life since the day you came into this crazy world we live in. It’s hard to believe you’ve only been here for four years because it feels like there’s never been a day without you. We’ve had fun days, not so fun days, belly laughs, stand offs, and lots of snuggles but most of all we’ve shared countless moments. The big ones, the little ones, all the moments that have summed up these 1,460 days with you have been crazy life lessons. Lessons on living in the moment, on loving fierce, having just a teeny bit more patience with others and with myself, putting down what “has” to be done and sitting on the floor to mold together PlayDoh in the shape of a truck or construct a LEGO creation. Life with you has been nothing short of a blessing.

Tonight as we end the final day of festivities for your birthday, I pray that you remember these FOUR very important things:

F — Always be FAITHFUL, be honest, tell the truth and be loyal. Be a boy, and eventually, a man of integrity even if it’s not the popular thing to do.

O — Stay OPTIMISTIC. In a fishbowl full of negativity, be the fish who is looking up and staying positive. We know where our Source of joy comes from and don’t forget it. You’ll go through hard times and me and Daddy will help you in every way we can but a relationship with Jesus will make this life a whole lot brighter and fulfilling. Don’t be a Debbie Downer or a Negative Nancy, be the light in this dark world.

U — Stay UNIQUE. God made you YOU. He only made one of you so be the best you. That means taking up for the less popular kid. That means if you are that less popular kid, not trying to do things you know aren’t right in order to fit in. Be the sweet, caring, loving, goofy, super smart YOU that me and your daddy love so much. God loves you too, just as you are.

R — Run towards Jesus. Life has a way of wanting to knock us down. This mean world we live in has a way of making sinful things look appealing. I promise you that what your daddy and I teach you now—the Bible verses, worship songs, stories about Jesus—those are the things that matter. Those are the things that I pray so hard are engrained in your smart little mind and that equip you for this sin-torn world we live in. Run to the arms of Jesus and you can’t be steered wrong. His ways are good and His ways are RIGHT.

You are loved way beyond words could even begin to describe. I have had to catch myself several times today as the tears wanted to form because of the thought of how quickly you are growing and how much I love you and prayed for you. I wish you could stay my little Bo Bear forever but I know God has some crazy awesome plans for you my sweet boy and I can’t wait to see what those plans are.

Happy 4th Birthday sweet Bo Bear! 

I love you to the moon and stars and back,

Mommy