Kurt is such a special, amazing person. He is truly a student of God's Word and his heroes include men like C.S. Lewis and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He loves to listen to audiobooks, but he always chooses works like the biographies of our founding fathers or the history of England (you know, light reading). He started to read an Economics textbook simply because he wanted to learn about economics recently. Yet he laughs at the most juvenile, simplistic things - ha! He is always wanting to learn, and that inspires me.
The biggest thing that I see in Kurt for this season of life is his ministry mindset. He is passionate about wanting to grow authentic community (namely within our Lifegroup class), and it's been amazing to watch him lead. He loves teaching, and I really feel like he's in the zone of where God is using him in a big way. That leadership carries over at home, and he is so faithful to lead our family in a Bible time each night. The kids love that time together, and they don't realize it now, but those little 15 minute lessons are laying such an important foundation.
Kurt is such a wonderful daddy to our little ones, and he ministers to me every day by helping me SO much. We love him with our whole hearts - Kurt, you are everything to us!
Liam is turning 5 YEARS OLD today, on July 1!!! How is it possible that my little boy (15 months old when he came home) is now 5!?!? Liam, here's what you're up to:
-You are such a sweet, tenderhearted boy!! You are especially tender with Lynley. You love to give her hugs and kisses. Just last night, you were so worried that Daddy's birthday candles were too close to Lynley. You kept telling us to push it away from her - melted my heart!
-You are so incredibly talented with Legos! You are so adept at creating your own masterpieces that are intricate and perfectly symmetrical. It blows our minds! We are amazed at how this dexterity is so clear, and we can't wait to see how that evolves.
-You love leading the singing at our family Bible time! You and Sissy have your own little routine. Seeing you wave your arms like a conductor is so precious to me!
-You love your older Sissy so very much! You two definitely have your moments, but overall I see a very sweet and loving relationship between you both. I love seeing you play and imagine together - especially lately, since Pinka and Uncle introduced you to SPY KIDS!
-You are VERY much into Ninja Turtles and Spiderman right now! We don't even really watch Ninja Turtles or really much Spiderman, but somehow I think every little boy just has a thing for those characters. :)
-You're learning to pray, and we still help you (prompting to tell God what you're thankful for). It's so sweet to hear you talk to God and I'm so excited to see that relationship grow.
-Daddy and I are continuing to learn your unique personality (just like your sisters). It's amazing how God intricately designs personality and innate inclinations. We want to parent you in the way that best reaches you, and I feel like this is the age where that starts to become more clear (that's what we saw with Evy, too). You are so special, and we are honored to be your Mommy and Daddy!
Liam, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't take a minute and just pause to thank God for you. July 1, 2010 was the day that your Daddy started his new job here. We had just moved here from Mississippi and we were getting settled in. Little did we know that across the world a precious, adorable baby boy was born. Sometimes the enormity of that is almost too much for me to take.
You love hearing me tell you about when I saw you for the first time and how I cried because I was so happy (you always ask me about that part!). I want you to always know how much we prayed for you, how much we ached for you, and how excited we were to finally hold you! But I also want you to always know that I feel an enormous weight on your birthday. I can't put an emotional label on it; but it's just a heaviness of what that day meant. You were brought into this world by someone else - and we cherish and honor her so much. This is such a special, special day - and I always want your birth mother and foster family to know what an amazing, bright, and happy little guy you are. You are such a treasure to us, Liam! I will always be here to listen and sometimes just dwell in the hard stuff with you. I am here to celebrate with you and just hold you whenever that's what you need (even when you're 18!).
People often say that there's nothing like the relationship between a mother and son, and I agree. The other morning you got up really early, and I convinced you to come and lay down next to me in bed. I told you, "This is how we slept when we were in Korea," and you closed your little eyes and just nodded. Then you snuggled up closer to me, like you were acknowledging that your little heart felt something that you couldn't quite understand. I am so privileged to be your Mommy, Liam - to snuggle you, laugh with you, read books to you, and answer your hundreds of little questions throughout the day. I am so honored to know that you don't like your feet to be dirty, and to know the sound of your belly laugh. To wrap your birthday presents in Spiderman and Ninja Turtles wrapping paper and look in my rearview mirror to see a super hero-costumed boy sitting in the carseat. I get to do that with you. I get to be your MOM! Daddy and I so often say to each other how much we love you. You have been such a blessing in our lives, and we are so proud of our sweet 5-year-old boy!
To both of the boys in my life and in our little family - Happiest of Birthdays and know how loved you are by all of the Lancaster girls!