This guy.

He is eight. EIGHT years old.

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Crazy to believe I have been a mama for 8 years. This little one has caused me joy, wonder, grief, tears, despair, ridiculous amounts of laughter and hope, and pushed me toward Jesus more times than I can count. He has a strong spirit, a leader’s heart, a sharp mind, incredible focus, high expectations for himself and others, and no doubt is going to influence and impact MANY.  Being his mom, being A mom, has refined me more than I could ever explain. And I still have SO. FAR. TO. GO.

But so far, I am so thankful.

Thankful for the humility it brings. I so often don’t know what the heck I am doing.

Thankful for the dependence it demands. I have never needed the wisdom of Jesus like I have in parenting.

Thankful for the giggles it elicits. I have delighted in the most silly of things with my little men.

Thankful for the curiosity it invokes. I have learned more about dinosaurs than I ever thought was possible.

Thankful for the awe it inspires. I have the privilege of seeing the world through the fresh eyes of my kiddos daily.

Thankful for the discernment it has taught me. I have been forced to grow in self control and patience such that I don’t {or someone else doesn’t} implode.

Thankful for the faith it has inspired. I have so much vision and excitement for what the future holds for this little man and his brothers because they belong to God, and HE has great plans and purposes for their lives! He promises that He will use all things… their triumphs and failures… for His good purposes. And I can rest assured that He will not fail me or them.  He will never leave us or forsake us, and that makes this mama’s heart full of hope and peace.

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Tucker, it is crazy to believe that eight years ago you were born, and in eight more you will be driving. 

I could not be more thankful for you being my oldest son, the biggest brother of {almost} four, and the best book buddy I could ask for. You inspire me, you make me better every day, you cause me to be a more devoted follower of Jesus, and I cannot wait to witness the incredible man that you will grow to be. Your daddy and I are so very proud of you. 

You are LOVED!

Mom.


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