Is it really, really true? The little man in my life who I am totally in love with turns four today!? No way!
My sweet Liam, can a mother’s heart burst any more with love for someone so small, yet so big at the same time? God has brought me more joy the last four years through your life than I thought possible. Obviously I could be wrong on this, but I have never met another preschooler who is funnier, more compassionate, or more loving than you. No comedian could ever make me laugh as hard or as often as you do (not even Tim Hawkins). Where do you come up with the things you say? Your constant chatter from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep is filled with thoughts only a preschooler can follow. Daddy and I have said, “I wish I could know what was going on in his little mind,” more times than we could count. Just two days ago you made me laugh so hard when you told me what Miriam “says” by putting your mouth on my arm and rooting like crazy. Then I laughed equally as hard when I asked you what you wanted for your birthday dinner, and instead of the expected random menu, you told me you wanted “peas, mashed potatoes, chicken, salad, and carrots with ranch.” Well, my man, we are having that well balanced dinner while we celebrate you tonight (along with pirate cake of course). 🙂
As our friend Lindsey and I have said, you are going to make one heckofa husband one day. One boy with three (yep, three) little sisters. You and Daddy are seriously outnumbered, but you don’t mind one bit. Yes, sometimes you forget your sisters aren’t brothers when you try to wrestle Ariana or treat Esther like she’s a ball to play with, but most of the time you are oh-so-gentle, giving them plenty of kisses, playing sweetly with them, sometimes even giving them the toy you really want to play with. They are so blessed to have a big brother like you. What a great God to provide such a strong protector for them in addition to Daddy (that is what both your names mean, after all).
Watching you interact with others also bring me much joy. You can give your full life synopsis to total strangers without blinking an eye, and your hugs and kisses are always ready for everyone. We have had many men who are not yet fathers in our house, and I love the way they are shocked when you run to them before bedtime and smack a big kiss on them. Then I love watching that shock turn into a sweet look of affection for you. It’s amazing the ways God uses children to soften almost any heart. It’s beautiful to watch you become sad to watch friends, big and little, leave our home. I pray God continues growing that hospitality in your heart to love on others above yourself, showing the love of Christ to the world.
Praise God for our little Liam, and praise God for how much He has grown me in the gospel through you. You constantly humble me as I sin all the time in front of you, yet you constantly remind me of the cross because of your quickness to forgive me. It’s the same kind of forgiveness we have in Christ–undeserved yet boundless. What a privilege it is to be a mother, and what a privilege it is to have a son and a preschooler. I love you dearly!