08 August 2011

nine.

friday marked this fellow's ninth birthday.





he's so much bubbly chatter and vim, his heart anchored in tenderness and justice. he's silly and clever and a river of patience with his younger brother. (m cheerfully allows little m to drag him by the hand and dictate his day's itinerary, and though i remind him that he's allowed to say no sometimes, he delights in his brother's happiness.)





he's the middlest of the middles, a tough spot to inhabit if i've ever seen one. but oh, he's our joy.





m, i hope you flourish in the knowing that you are loved from your cowlick to your heels, that this knowing equips you for the long and messy business of loving others. i hope God is closer than breath, that He is your treasure, your magnificent obsession.


nine.


happy birthday, sweet boy. you're the best kind of wonderful.

13 comments:

Brandee Shafer said...

Happy 9th, Beautiful Boy!

Ostriches Look Funny said...

Happy Birthday we say! Birth-days are the most popular days around our house, hope yours is full of cake and festivities...and cake.

TheUnSoccerMom said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!!! Blessings abound!! :o)

kendal said...

beautiful!

Kimberly Vanderhorst said...

It's a strange things, loving kids I've never met, but I love yours because of how you share that love of them with us here. Beauteous.

Farmgirl Paints said...

those are great nic. happy b-day to your boy. nine's a great year!

Katarina said...

Happy, happy birthday dear boy!!!:)

happygirl said...

Nine. A boy. Oh the joy we get from boys. Happy Birthday.

alisa greig said...

happiest birthday middle of the bunch!

M.M.E. said...

What great photographs! Happy birthday to your wonderful boy!

Katie Stratton said...

oh, happy birthday handsome boy!
beautiful photos, mama. he has the kindest eyes.

xoxo

emily wierenga said...

my eyes tear up at the love in your posts, nic. you overflow with God. xo

lulu and family said...

these are so special! love your blessing to him, too!