For weeks I’ve been kissing Cbug goodnight and saying “you are my favorite 5-year-old,” only to have him respond “Not for much longer. Pretty soon I’ll have to be your favorite 6-year-old.” And today is that day!
Man you make our lives fun! Without even trying, you make me laugh more times a day than I could possibly count. The pictures in this blog (taken by THE THREE) are some of the very few I have of you not making a silly face. I do love these pictures, but I’m so glad we have the silly ones, too- never a dull moment.
You are just slightly (cough cough) obsessed with numbers- always counting things or wanting us to try to stump you with math problems (which is difficult to do), and you love to know/remember dates. Whenever anyone comments on your missing tooth you respond “yep, I lost it on November 29th.”
My favorite thing about your school year, though, is how much you love your classmates. You’ve even proclaimed “mom, I’m pretty great at making friends”. While we may need to work on your humility, I would have to agree with you. You do seem to have a knack for noticing others who need a friend and for being able to play with just about anyone. Everywhere we go, you come away with a “new friend” and I couldn’t be more proud of that characteristic.
I’m so thankful that you love and lean-on your big brother. I love that the two of you are a team and that you seem to show miraculously little rivalry at this point in your lives. But this year, my birthday prayer for you is that you’ll continue with a confidence that strikes out alone sometimes, too. I’ve prayed for years that you wouldn’t feel your identity defined by the brother you follow so closely behind. Ever since you were born, it’s been tough for others not to compare you to him in size, especially. Here’s the thing I want you to believe- you are both smart, but in different ways. You are both talented- at many different things. You both love your family- but show it in different ways. And you will both leave an impact on the world- but the marks will be totally different shapes. I love the glimpses we’ve gotten as we watch you make a name for yourself in Big School… With different teachers than KJ had, we’ve started to see you just become and be recognized as Cbug. Your daddy and I know that as you use your zeal for life, your endless supply of energy and your amazing ability make new friends, others will see what we’ve known for 6 years… You are one of a kind. Created for big things. By a mighty and powerful God. And you’ll bring Him glory, just by being you.