I created this blog specifically with Mom & Dad in mind. Even though they can't be here in Oregon to enjoy their grandchildren, I thought this would be one way to help keep them in touch. I am also glad it can be used to keep all of my friends and family in touch as well!
A vase full
He's always bringing me something. I have to secretly get rid of things he gives me or I'd have a house full of "stuff" (he's gonna hate me when he's older and reads this). Whether it be a picture he's drawn, a rock he's found, a flower he's picked, a treasure he's dug from the ground or this...a beautiful bouquet of pipe cleaners. How my heart melted when he handed me the vase full of them. He was beaming with pride. Honestly, it stayed on my kitchen counter for quite awhile and proved a good conversation piece when someone would ask about it.
I hope Calvin saw how long I left it on that counter. It was long enough that he didn't seem to notice when I took it down. I hope he recognized how much the time he spent making it and thinking of me meant to this Mama's heart. I may not have kept that pipe cleaner bouquet around, but a made sure to take a picture of it. A reminder of the love that spills over inside this little guys heart.
What a proud parent moment.
Actually brings tears to my eyes when I look at these pictures again. Our struggle with William's shyness and his ability to adjust to new situations has been a tough one for us. We understand that a lot of it has to do with his personality and we're wrestled so much with how best to handle each situation that presents itself as a challenge for William and his ability cope and engage in a new environment. This moment was confirmation that he truly is growing in this area.
We were told that he would be receiving student of the month for April and when he would be receiving his award so that we knew when to be there to see it. He had know idea ahead of time. What we didn't know, was what the award was being given to him for. When they announced his name for the "Most Improved" award, my heart was beaming. You'll notice why in the description below. Not only did we, but his teacher (Mrs. Cronrath) noticed how much William im…
W: "Mom, I really need to borrow your clothes basket!"
M: "What are you going to do with it?"
W: "Make a bird trap."
M: "Well, ok. Just remember to put it back when you're done and make sure it's not all covered in dirt the next time I need to do laundry."
Hours later, I came upon this...
The boys had rigged up a bird trap complete with some wood with sap on it to attract bugs for the bird to eat as well as some rotten strawberries in case the bird wanted those too. They had worked so hard together on this and were now patiently waiting for a bird to come close.
I love their imaginations.
I love their optimism.
I love their brotherhood.
A day to remember how lucky I am to have these two. Wasn't but 9 years ago I wondered if I'd ever be a mom...How blessed I am to now have not one, but two boys that call me Mom. Here we are at part of the Abiqua Falls trail on a little hike we took after church.