Posted by Devin
When I was pregnant with my first
child I wished for a boy that looked just like my husband. I used to say that I wished too hard because
my wish came true. 4 times over. Connor is 9, Caden is 7, Chase is 5, and Cash
is 2. Together with Jake they are the
loves of my life.
When I first realized I would never give birth to a daughter of my own, it was
a bit hard to come to terms with. No
little dresses, no bows, no braids, no pink, no unicorns or glitter or damask
print bedding... You get the point. But
there is never a day that ends with me saying "Well today was just
wonderful. It would have been perfect if
I had a girl." Of course not. Nope, as I've learned, the gender of our
children does not matter. What matters
is they are our kids and they are perfect and wonderful and all that we never
knew we wanted just as they are. And
life with little boys, although hectic and let's face it, downright manic at
times; is pretty awesome.
So here are 10 recent "little boy" things that I want to remember forever and share with you.
Notes from Connor. Connor has
loved to write notes and make lists ever since he learned his ABC's. And one of his favorite things to do is leave
me sweet little notes in surprising ways and places. The other day I packed a banana in his lunch
box and admonished him before he left to not throw it away just because it may
look a little brown by lunch time. Here
is the note I found that evening in his lunch box.
Another time Jake and I were heading to bed and found these
funny little figures waiting next to each side of our bed.
(Jake's phone guy says "your alot more handsome then me" and my scripture gal says "you look alot better than any girl in the world. even this one.")
On yet another occasion, Jake and I happened to be racing
each other home and Connor, who was riding with his dad, kept lecturing Jake
about speeding. (Note: We were not
speeding by much, but Connor does not agree with even going a few miles over
the speed limit.) Later that night Jake
found this note on his pillow.
(In yellow on the bottom, it's hard to read and partly written on the other side, it says "hope I didn't hurt your feelings.")
Love that Connor and his notes.
2. Caden’s funny sayings. Due to Cash's recent obsession with Yo Gabba Gabba, while
Caden was saying our family prayers the other night he asked Heavenly Father to
"Please help us be patient with Cash's baby shows." Good call, Caden,
week when we were running late one morning and I yelled out "Does anyone
think they could put Cashy's shoes on for him?" Caden's reply: "Nope!
No one is licensed for that!"
And Caden's school paper: "I will tell you how to
get out of hand cuffs. You get the key and put it in the hole. Then pull the
switch. Then escape and rob all you want." He
never fails to keep us laughing.
3. A mason jar full of wild desert flowers picked just for me by my
little men to brighten my day. Enough said.
4. A special invitation to visit the boys' fort
with them. It's pretty fun getting to be these boys' "best girl."
5. Recently in the car.
Me: "Connor you are just the best boy!" (He did something really sweet.)
Chase: "But I'm just a teeny-weeny bit better, right Mom?"
Hahaha! If it’s a goal in parenting to
make each child feel like the favorite, we are doing something right with
6. What did Connor do that was so sweet? Connor came home from school without his
jacket, something that he has learned does not please his mama much. But where
was the missing jacket on this occasion? A boy on his bus became sick and made a mess
on his shirt. (It turns out he had
appendicitis and needed his appendix removed.)
The bus driver asked if anyone would be willing to give the boy a
sweatshirt or jacket so he would have something to wear and Connor was the only
one who offered. And this was no
ordinary jacket; it was his special jacket with his school’s logo on it that he
had been wanting for quite some time.
Nothing makes me happier than when my children exhibit Christ-like
behavior, no matter how small the act.
7. Every day when I
go into Cash’s room to wake him up from his nap he exclaims “Mama! You found me!” Every day.
It is so sweet. This is actually a photo of him sleeping at our family cabin, but it's a favorite of mine.
8. Jake works out
once, if not twice, 6 days a week. If he
happens to be doing a video workout in the evening Chase will always do it with
him. Here is a picture of Chase AND
Caden working out with their dad. Too
9. Army men and
plastic snakes & scorpions. They are
everywhere. They may hurt my feet when I
step on them and scare the crap out of me now, but I know that one day I will
definitely miss their presence in my home.
10. Wet little
kisses, big squeezy hugs, and “neck sugars.”
It makes me want to cry just thinking about them ever ending.