5th year update

Micah, you’re a complete little man now. 5 years old is a landmark time for a young one.

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You are a beautiful person. You have complex thoughts and a solid idea of how the world should work. None can rival your sense of fairness and you like to keep your word. You are becoming a young man of integrity.

You were so thankful today. I am grateful to be raising a thankful boy. Your family loves you so much! And you’re happy to share your birthday tomorrow with some new friends… ‘birthday’ Micah take two.

You’re rough and tumble but you’re sensitive to the fact that baby Hope is in my tummy. You spontaneously talk to her sometimes. And you love Kade. I can’t tell you how many days you and Kade run wildly through the house laughing like mad. He’s your little buddy. You enjoy picking him up now and carrying him around for short periods of time.

Tonight is the first night you are playing Legends of Zelda with Daddy. It’s so fun to me to see the special things you share together.

It was all about you today. We took special care last night to wrap your gifts and decorate. Also I baked your cake last night.

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We started the morning with birthday snuggles in bed for about a half hour. That’s my favorite! We sang happy birthday a few times while we were lazily waking up. You smiled a lot!


Then we had cinnamon rolls, and did our usual morning symposium. Today’s story was about the pact between Jacob and Laban. We also read the story of Cain and Abel. You did a great job telling me how Cain handled his conflict and what he should have done differently, based on the Young Peacemakers curriculum. Awesome!

You did your reading lesson (lessons 80 in Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons) and math (comparing quantities based on likeness), and we moved on to Rotary Park for a boatload of fun.

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Instead of opening gifts all in one sitting, we strung them out throughout the day, calling each person as you opened their gift. That was fun! I think we will do that every year!

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You requested cashing in your first Book It reward today, and ordered yourself a free personal pepperoni pizza. How much fun, how hard you worked for this reward, and how much you deserved it! We are proud of you!


We discussed eating lunch at the park, by decided you boys were too tired. It was a good choice to come home, because Kade slept two hours while you and Maski read a book and a half, and spent an hour playing with the new Lego set Aunt Corey, Uncle Mark, Amanda, Brittany, and Jordan got you.

For dinner you wanted hotdogs. You played with Daddy and Kade while Maski and I ran to the store to pick up a few last minute birthday items for your kids’ party tomorrow. When we got home you enjoyed hotdogs, roasted broccoli, sweet potato and salad for supper. You ate a good meal tonight. Kade ate a hotdog, most of a bun with ketchup, watermelon, and nothing else. Go figure.

During dinner we did our usual November gratitude candle.

And we read Psalms 1.

“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. For the LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.” Psalms‬ ‭1:1-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

You commented about how short it was, but you could tell me what it was about. Good job listening!

We took turns telling you our favorite thing about you.


After that you all went to Newhall Park to have fun and walk the dogs, and I had a chance to decorate your fun batman cake, and set the table for dessert and tea. You wanted a chocolate chocolate cake, so I made you exactly that, with a cream cheese layer inbetween, with sprinkled batmen on top and trickle candles that relight when you blow them out. That was a silly surprise! We put a little strawberry ice cream in the side. You enjoyed some echinacea tea with a splash of milk. Kade even enjoyed tea… and that ice cream. In fact, he even left his cake behind!

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We took some leftover cake to the neighbors again. Tomorrow more sweets are on the way for your kids party. Sharing is caring! We know that!

You both enjoyed a birthday bath tonight! But you had more special Maski time building a bionicals set she and Paski got for you before you got started.

I think we’ve sufficiently worn you out.

Tonight I made your party cake and frosting. I will be stuffing your party favors in a few minutes. In the morning I will decorate your cake and we will move on to party time.

**Next Day**

Your party was a joint party with 3 classmates with November birthdays as well – actually, this party was really a class party. We kept it small this year. What a great way to celebrate birthdays together with friends! We stuck to your batman theme, and you all went to the bat cave together.

I had prepared some games for you all, but you actually had a ton more fun just inventing your own games together. You all did enjoy pin the emblem on Batman and the piñata was everyone’s favorite game. Opening presents was fun, as always, and you took turns watching each other. What a nice thing to have friends from our community so quickly – these families are truly a treasure.

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We gave you a birthday blessing too:

  • to know and love God better, growing in intimacy with Him
  • to have a prophetic gifting placed on you
  • to proclaim you can hear God’s voice
  • to be a light to your family, your community and your friends
  • Also, we are honored God would give us the responsibility of raising you and are excited to watch you continue to grow into a 5 year old

Big things happen when you’re 5! Did you know 5 year olds get dressed on their own, help with laundry, fold and put clothes away, load the dishwasher, and clear the table? They keep helping to walk the dogs, care for younger siblings, and do hard things well. They keep working at their challenges, and they learn how to overcome obstacles with perseverance, prayer, and creative thinking. They also are forming their worldview more and more. They learn that people are more significant than process, and that they can be a witness to their friends by quietly living the life of someone who chooses to follow Christ. They learn more patience, and compassion. They learn empathy and the power of obeying Christ even when it means giving up a momentary pleasure. They learn how to correctly express themselves in a way that they can really be heard. In fact, you will always be learning these lessons. Each year, God will equip you with a new layer of understanding for them.

They also learn how to write the correct way, and to get better at reading and math. They learn to keep enjoying the small pleasures in life, including growing your wonderfully brilliant imagination.

I figure, we have about 12 or 13 more years until you’re entering college. We have a lot of growing together in that time! The days go slowly but the years pass quickly, and we are treasuring every moment with you. You shine as brightly as the sun. I hope you keep shining just as brightly. Be proud of how God designed you perfectly to accomplish the goals and path He planned for your life. Treasure seeking His purposes for you, and all your life, glorify Him in all you do.

Your father, brother and I love you so much. We are so glad you are our son, and hope you keep challenging yourself to grow.

Love,

Your mommy and daddy

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