Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Sappy Birthday Post

When you were young, and if you saw yourself as being a mommy someday (or daddy for my 3 male readers), did you envision what your child(ren) would look like?

And then when you met who you were to marry, did it give you another vision? Like, "Oh, look at that little, curly-haired girl. I bet that's what our daughter will look like!" Or, "See that little red-headed boy? That's what our son will look like!"

I did sometimes.

And as our children have grown, I see a little of us in each of them. Out of the three of them, though, Caleb is the one who is the most perfect blend of both of us. It's uncanny.

I used to try and convince everyone that he looks like me. Well, he does. But he also looks like Josh! I jokingly said to my mother-in-law one day, "People say he looks like Josh. People say he looks like me. Maybe Josh and I look alike?!" The truth is, God gave him a little of each of us. And it's perfect.

Today my sweet boy turns six.


How is that possible? How did I blink and find that my sweet little baby...

 not a baby anymore.

When did my needy toddler become one who can make his own breakfast and lunch? The one who used to be unable to finds joy in helping his sister in finding whatever she's looking for (even if it actually belongs to him).

He still needs correction. He still can push my buttons. His personality is more like Josh's you know! But I love him so very much. More than words can even say.

He has this compassionate side that I didn't know could exist in a little boy. When I have tears, he askes me what he can do to help. If his sister or brother are hurt, he wants to find their favorite toy to make it better. He has a gift of encouragement. Like when we were watching America's Got Talent, and as one of the singing competitors finished, I said, "She sounded nice," to which he replied, "Not as nice as you, Mommy!"

He still sits on my lap in the evenings as we watch a show together.

He still holds my hand where ever we go.

He still hugs me in front of anyone.

Those days may not be around for much longer. So as long as they are, I will hold him tight. I will keep his hand in mine. I will hug him as often as I can.

I love you so much, Caleb. You bring joy to my life, and I'm so thankful I'm your mom. Happy birthday sweet boy.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Caleb!
Mrs. Kim

Cheryl Sybert said...

What a sweet post!! Happy Birthday Caleb, I hope you all have a great day celebrating!!

Susan said...

Happy Birthday, Caleb!!!

otherwise known as mom said...

Happy Birthday!

I think you and Josh look a remarkable amount alike in your old school pictures. You COULD pass for siblings based on those photos.

The parent phobia will kick into full swing sometime during their sixth grade year. I taught sixth grade for ten years and saw it happen every time, even to those parents who were in denial! Now it is my own kids. I tried to hug them yesterday when I dropped them at Grandma's house for a summertime visit. Both hugged me, but I am certain were looking out of the corner of their eyes to see who was watching the affectionate exchange!!

Ashley said...

Happy Birthday Caleb.

Your Birthday Partner,

Graciously Yours said...

So sweet. I will always remember Caleb as the little guy dancing with Cara and Carla at Steve and Becca's wedding reception. He was, and still is, adorable. Happy Birthday, Caleb :)

This Daddy said...

Happy birthday to the big guy. Chrissy this was a sweet post and you and Josh should be very proud. You are both two very nice people and great parents. Enjoy the rest of summer.

papa said...

great story made me cry . im so prould of our little man

Causey Fam said...

Happy Birthday Caleb! We love and miss you! Hope you have a great day!!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Caleb!

I love sappy Birthday posts! :')

Kimberly said...

They grow up way too quickly!
Great blog... I came across your blog through one of the blog hops. I am now following and look forward to reading more of your stuff. Feel free to follow back!
All the best,

Elizabeth said...

Hi there! Visiting and Following from The Girl Creative!

Pinching Abe said...

Hi! I'm following from a blog hop today and I know how you feel! My baby goes to Kindergarten this year and will turn 6 in a few months. He's not a baby anymore and is such a big boy.

JAZEVOX said...

this is such a cute heart-warming post. its amazing how time flies so fast, and kids seems to grow up faster than before.

blog hopping from NewFriendFriday at TrendyTreehouse, jazevox

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