Today, is Garrett’s 6th birthday. He has been waiting for this day since…ohhhh, his sister’s birthday, which was in September. And we have counted down each day, faithfully, for almost two months.
Garrett loves birthdays. He loves wishing people a happy one, cranking out a birthday tune or, generous boy that he is…offer to help them open their gifts. Now that his special day is here, believe me, he is enjoying every minute!
Today is also my mom’s birthday. She too loves birthdays. However, being a gal with a passion for shopping, she enjoys the giving more than the receiving.
One characteristic that Garrett & my mom share is a tender heart. Both are very compassionate people. They care for those who hurt and are quick to give a hug. They are both very merciful. I have witnessed many times when they have extended forgiveness to another person and graced them with the opportunity for a second chance.
Both are living day brighteners. I know I can call my mom anytime about anything & she’ll be there. She has a gift for knowing what to say & when to say it. She is ready to offer a listening ear as opposed to giving an opinion. And no matter what, she’ll be the first to stand up not only for you, but beside you.
Garrett still crawls in my lap, tells me he has a secret and then whispers, “I love you Mommy. You’re the best Mom in the whole world.” See what I mean about mercy! I never had to earn his admiration – he gave it freely. But, I feel a huge responsibility not to let him down. I know I fall short every day, and there are times when I’m too quick to lose my patience, but he loves me anyway…because I’m HIS mom. I recently volunteered in his classroom. When I walked in, he beamed and told his little friends, “That’s MY mom, not yours.” Garrett, I pray that as you grow older, I will always make you proud to have me as your mom. Because buddy, you and your brother and sister are the best gifts. Every day is a birthday with you.
Next time you get in trouble, just remember to tell me that before I send you to timeout. 😉
Love you both!