|Attempting to light two candles, despite a breeze|
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34
A little over a week ago, we had the joy of celebrating Noah's second birthday. It was a beautiful morning at a local park, spent with some close friends and family. We enjoyed the swings, the slides, the cooler full of water and splash bombs, and the sunshine. Noah helped me bake the cake the day before: a four-layer cake, comprised of yellow, blue, green and red layers. For the week prior (and the week since), "Happy Birthday to You" was on the playlist of songs running through his little head. (Since he tends to refer to himself as "you," the song works very nicely.) It was a grand birthday indeed.
After the blowing out of the candles (with a little help from the wind), the eating of the cake, and the opening of the presents, it was official. Our little guy was two. He would now be referred to in years rather than months. He would be a little kid rather than a big baby.
What a strange thing to think about as a parent, that those two years of life are irreplaceable. They have come and gone. We have memories and photos and the future. A part of me mourns their passing, but I know that the Lord holds all these things in his hands. I am so thankful to the Lord for the two wonderful years with which he has blessed our lives, stretched our minds and spoken to our souls through this little guy. He continues to graciously give Noah health and joy; he continues to graciously draw Dave and me closer to Him and give us the wisdom we need to be parents in his stead. For all of this, what more can I say than, "Oh give thanks!"
|Noah living in the moment: cake!|