To My Youngest on his 5th Birthday

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  It is a well known fact that I am going to cry on each and every one of my children’s birthdays.  So much so, that they begin to taunt me about it weeks before the actual date!  (Rotten children)  When my oldest son turned five, I cried off and on all day.  Five is something of a milestone.  You are no longer a baby, you are ready for school, ready to have a taste (!) of independence.  So as my youngest approaches his fifth birthday, I find myself saddened by how fast he is growing up and thoughtful about his future.  I thought that I should put down these thoughts for him. 

Dear Oliver,

As your fifth birthday is approaching, I wanted to share some things with you.  My memories, my hopes, and my prayers for you.  Someday you may need these words and someday I may need to remember saying them.  

Your Father and I prayed for you.  As a family of three, we were happy, but we knew we needed you.  Your brother needed a sibling, and we needed someone for him to play with!  For nearly two years, we prayed for God to bless us with another baby.  When we found out we were expecting you, we were all over the moon, even Layton.  We knew that God was sending us someone very special and we were right!  You came into this world with a swiftness that has become a part of your personality.  You are quick to see the beauty in everything around you.  You are quick to be everyone’s friend.  You are the most quick witted little kid I have ever known.  It is these three attributes that I want to focus on as I look toward your birthday and your future.  

 1.  You see beauty in everything around you!

From a butterfly, to a peanut butter sandwich, you truly appreciate all that life has to offer.  You love a good song, you love trees and mud, you love animals.  You appreciate a soft blanket and you are thankful for the lollipop that you get at the bank.  This world can be cruel and cynical.  I hope that you will always see it for the beauty in spite of the filth.  It is my prayer that you will always find joy.   

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it.  Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees in the forest sing for joy. 
 Psalm 96:11-12 NIV

2.  You are quick to be everyone’s friend!

From the time you could smile, you smiled at everyone.  By the time you could walk, you walked up to everyone and flashed that smile.  By the time you could talk, you walked up to people and said, “Hi, my name is Oliver, would you like to play?”  It didn’t matter if the person was 2 or 72.  You have a way with people.  (You did go through a period where you didn’t like babies very much, but you got over it pretty quick!)  You do not see race, or sex, or age as an obstacle for friendship.  You are patient, and kind, and loving toward everyone (well, sometimes not your brother, but that’s normal).  It is my prayer that you will always love your brother, your friends, and your enemies. 

 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  
John 15:12-14

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Psalm 17:17
3.  You are quick witted!
 From telling your baseball coach to eat your dust as you run past, to telling me that you need more rock and roll in your life, while I am trying to enjoy Yo-Yo Ma.  You have a way about you that allows you to speak your mind, crack a joke, and make your point all in one swoop.  I have never known someone as young as you to put things into perspective in quite the way you can. It is my prayer that you will use this talent for Jesus.  People are going to call you crazy for following Jesus, they will put down your God.  I pray that you will be able to share his love not with insult, but with impact.

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
1 Peter 3:15 

You, my precious baby are a baby no longer.  You are growing up so very fast.  My prayers for you were answered years ago and I will continue to pray for the young man that you are going to become.  Your father and I will continue to provide you with all the tools you need, and God will be with you every step of your life.  Let him be there Oliver.  Let God always lead your way and these attributes always be a part of your personality.  Oh, and you will always be my baby.  Like it or not!



                                     Just kicking back with no pants, one sock, and a green juice!

How about you?  What attributes do your children have that you pray they keep?  What do you pray for when it comes to your children?

About Jennifer Bullard

Over 4,000 miles from Alaska is my little hobby farm; nestled in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains. I’m Jen (Mommy B) and I have been married to my sweetie for ten years now. We have three sons, three baby goats, five cats, a dog, and umpteen chickens. I love to cook, garden, and homeschool my boys. My life is full of dirt and noise and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I was raised in church but found that the birth of my first child really brought me to the feet of God. I am a clown at heart and absolutely love a good corny joke!

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