|Birthday dinner with the Burkes|
Isaiah is my very favorite 14 year old. He stepped into the position yesterday on his birthday. 14? 14!!!!! Wow. This year, he wandered around in those size 12 jeans for about a week and then settled into the 14s. At the end of each meal he asks me what’s for the next one; we are thinking that he must have little side pouches somewhere, like hamsters have in their cheeks, where he hoards food because we can’t figure what the heck he’s doing with it. No one could eat that often and stay so skinny. And of all the kids this year, he has changed the most physically – it’s just that time! I’m not sure how it got here but KABOOM – he’s a young man.
|homemade warrior of some kind helmet|
Isaiah is a great kid and a blessing. Something that has always been evident in Isaiah is how thankful he is. One of our favorite Christmas home videos features him when he was four. We all crack up, because every single thing he gets (and I mean EVERY SINGLE THING….toothbrush and toothpaste in his stocking, a little Matchbox car, a kazoo, you name it) he gets all excited, jumps up and shouts “YES! I’ve been looking for that!!!” like he just got a new puppy. He requested pecan pie for his birthday yesterday so pecan pie it was. He thanked me three different times for making them and thanked Elisha just as many for making the crusts. The Burkes got him a book light and an iTunes card and he was beside himself – he thanked them over and over and was so excited. I was just really blessed to see such sweetness in him at 14.
Isaiah is also super motivated, not easily discouraged, and cheerful most of the time. I know that when I ask him to do something it is as good as done. Because Isaiah is finished with his work and responsibilities so quickly he often gets more work than the other kids. I really have to work at not taking advantage of that, because what a bummer it is to get more work for being diligent! Hm.
I am so grateful for and proud of my young man. We are looking forward to the things that are to come with him. We cannot be more thankful that the Lord has entrusted him to us to raise and love and that he loves us back. Happy Birthday, Isaiah. I love you more than you will ever know – my life is infinitely richer because of you.