This evening we are counting down your final hours of being a 3-year-old.
As we look toward your 4th birthday, I can't help but think about our first moments together. I remember your little cry and my nervousness about being completely in charge of another person.
I remember our first days and weeks as parents to our perfect little boy. It was baby bootcamp, and it was just so wonderfully chaotic and new.
I remember celebrating your little accomplishments, like finally getting your little cheerio belly button and learning to sit up on your own.
And as you got older, your little personality developed into a funny and fun little person. (Here we are practicing our bunny rabbit faces.)
I remember those first times I looked at you and realized you weren't a baby any more, both breaking and delighting my heart at the same time.
Watching you love life the way you do has brought new fullness to our lives.
You were our firstborn. For us, the sun rose and set on you and all of your fantastic little quirks and flaws and goofy habits.
And then you became a big brother. I remember falling in love with you in a whole new way as I watched you in this new role, caring for and adoring your new baby sister.
Apart from your physical appearance and personality and interests, there's something else that is changing about you as well. We are seeing the Holy Spirit's work in your life now more than ever before. As you are hiding God's word in your heart (in the last months you set out to memorize a scripture for every letter of the alphabet and just finished Z last week!), the Holy Spirit has been using these words to pierce your heart and drive you to Christ, even at your young age.
Oh, sweet boy, these years have been good ones. You are growing so quickly and your baby-ness has almost completely faded away. I know it's only a matter of time before you're less interested in snuggling with your Mama and more interested in other people and things.
We pray even now that the people and things that God brings into your life will continue to draw you closer to Him. We pray for you, echoing David in Psalm 138, asking that God will not forsake the work he has begun in your life. And as we think about who you are now as you become a 4-year-old overnight, the verse we claim for you on this birthday is one of your very favorites:
"In the same way, let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father in Heaven."
We pray the Lord's richest blessings on you, precious son.
Happy four years!
We can't wait to see what this year will bring us!