It just absolutely blows my mind. He is so very much the person that God created him to be- he held his head up just a few minutes after he was born and kicked and screamed until he rolled over at 6 days old. He still will not hold still to save my life. He looked and explored and marveled at things from the minute his eyes focused in the light- and he still wants to know everything about everything. I never thought I would say "Hold on, I'll google it" so much in my life. Aunt Elaine is visiting this week and Riley instantly had questions for her like "How many species of plants do you have in Texas that we don't have in Virginia?".
He reads. I'm not going to lie- that was difficult for the two of us. He needed to learn to read and I couldn't remember learning because I'd done it since before I was in preschool. But my sweet boy reads and absorbs information and writes books in his spiral notebooks. The first time I listened to him choppily reading a chapter book, I cried.
Big old round tears.
I just cannot believe this little thing who used to go all Dracula on my shoulders when he was hungry has turned into a person. He reads, he prays, he wonders and he knows so many things that he's learned or that he believes or that he postulates. He is so amazing. We are such a blessed family to have him. I have never seen a child who is a better big sibling. I think I hit my brother way more than I ever helped him and Riley, although he has the occasional temper, ties shoes and fetches blankets and gives huge hugs and tells mean big kids to BACK OFF MY BROTHER. There are just no words for how incredibly full and happy he makes our lives. And I, for one, am so thankful to God for letting me have him.
We spent Riley's birthday exploring Skyline Cavern and then hiking at our favorite Christmas Tree Farm. Uncle Kevin and his girlfriend Lauren joined us and we had a great time. A mad scientist party is in the works for his classmates.
Happy Birthday little man. We're so very proud of you and who you're becoming.