Sunday, December 30

Ethan Is 11 Years Old Today.

Happy Birthday Ethan!

It is so cliche to say, but I really feel like it was just yesterday that you were born. I remember it very clearly and it was such a hard and exhausting day, but the prize at the end was worth everything I went through.

Today you turn 11! Crazy how fast that time went, but I love this age! You are so much fun. You have such am amazing sense of humor and the stories you tell are full of personality and life. You are brave and logical, kind and spirited. You have a spicy side that I like to see once in a while. I like that you take a stand (sometimes). I love when you sit in the passenger seat when we travel and you talk to me and tell me things that are important to you. I absolutely love that you sing with me too. It fills my heart when we sing along to music and that you know music. I am so glad you have that.

I have heard horror stories from other parents that these next few years are often rough ones between parents and young preteen children. You will be testing me and trying to push boundaries, figuring out your position in life and what you believe. I will be needing to remain your parent and not fall into the trap of wanting to be your friend. I will need to remind you often who is in charge by setting an maintaining rules that you will inevitably break. It could get ugly, but I will do my best to stay clear headed. I will remember what I felt like and how much I just wanted my mother to trust me. You need to know though that you were cursed/blessed with a mother who just knows things, everything! I just know when you are lying, I just know when things happen, I just know stuff. It is a gift mothers are given so the sooner you accept that the easier things will be for you... but I promise I will let you get away with a few things once in a while.

Girls have started to make more of an appearance around here and I could not be more proud with how you have been handling yourself in this area. You are a kind and respectful boy. Keep this up. I am dating now too and I swear you could teach some lessons on how to treat a girl to a few guys I have had the misfortune of knowing. You are doing great little man and I am so proud of you.

Don't try to be perfect, ever! Perfection is not something you can achieve and the pursuit of it only brings unhappiness. Be grateful for what you have and where you are (good or bad) and you will find joy. Remember to make good mistakes once in a wile. This life is for learning and you can only learn when you stumble. But when you do, make them count. Say sorry when you are in the wrong and floss your teeth every night.

I love you my little man. Happy Birthday!



I am grateful for the health of my children.

I am grateful for this role as a mother and for what it has made me and taught me.

I am grateful for the joy that comes from this labour of love called parenthood.

1 comment:

Leah M said...

Happy Birthday Ethan!
Read this post over and over kid, it will teach you much.