Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Nine

How could this be? Our firstborn turned nine today; I peeked as he led the dinner prayer and marveled at the beginnings of a chiseled jaw, the no-longer-little-boy fingers clasping mine. When did he go from round baby to young man?

We walked behind him yesterday on a family hike; the army rucksack he received from Papa and Nana for his birthday hung on his back, his big black tennis shoes leaving manly footprints in the dust we walked upon after him. Suddenly, Eliana broke free from my hand and raced ahead to clasp his, and they walked this way for... forever, it seemed. I lamented not having brought the camera, but chose instead to carve the moment into my heart, to pray over the protective spirit he so naturally possesses. To thank God for his wonderful character qualities, and to be prayerful over the rest of his life as well.

It is our deepest, most heartfelt prayer that Corban- all of our children- will desire to emulate Jesus in everything. For now, at nine, he struggles with some of the same bad habits other boys his age do, and we are praying for diligence as his keepers to watch over these things as he draws closer to manhood, closer to the baptism he so desires this year.

Thank you for making us laugh, making us think, making us praise the Father, Corban! Happy birthday, young man. We love you so much- and so does Jesus!

(The song playing, "Something Beautiful" by the Newsboys, is Corban's favorite)


20 fellow travelers shared:

Stacy said...

Happy Birthday, Corban!

May you continue to love Jesus more with each passing year!

~Stacy

Sheila said...

Great slide show!

Wow, nine seems so far away and yet, not. My first born is 4 1/2.

Andrea said...

Happy Birthday, Corban!!
Nine? It cannot be!!! :)

Ben, Kelly and Sophie said...

Wow, I'm sure this seems unreal. Please send Corban happy wishes from baby Sophie. And by the way, thanks for your post about "A Mother's Heart Knows." A special gift for my mother, who taught me how to be a mother.

Tracy said...

My baby is nine, and the feeling is even worse! Happy Birthday to Corban!

Joy said...

Happy birthday dear Corban!

And hugs to Momma Elise, for reminding me again to slow down and watch...

Quinne said...

Hi Elise :) A very happy birthday to your sweet young man! May these next years be joy-filled and Christ ceneterd as he continues.

Sending big hugs and lots of love for your "mommy's heart", Q

Sarah said...

Happy birthday Corban! Your mama is right, you're not looking like a little boy, but a very handsome young man!
Sarah

henryteachers said...

Birthday wishes to Corban! What a special young man he is. I was so impressed with how polite and friendly your boys were when we first met. Keep it up! You're doing good mama teaching him what is right!
Mindy :)

rcsnickers said...

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY CORBAN! What a blessed nine years you have given your family! Thank the Lord!

Bekki said...

Happy Birthday Corban! I cannot wait to see what he comes up with in that amazing imagination of his - especially with his new attire. I can't say it enough - your kids are great.

Beverly said...

Happy Birthday, Corban! May God bless you as you seek to serve Him!! (Keep up the good work)

Orangehouse said...

You writing reflects your love for, and the celebration of, your family.

My oldest is turning 12 this summer; I find it hard to believe.

Hooper said...

I've been awake for an hour and a half, sleeping on the family room floor next to my 9-year-old and his 6-year-old brother. We make great kids, don't we?

Maxine said...

Happy birthday to Corban and Happy Mother's Day to Elise!

Laura said...

Happy Birthday, Corban!
Elise, he's handsome and I can tell so sweet. :-)

Laura said...

Happy Birthday, Corban!
Elise, he's handsome and I can tell so sweet. :-)

Anya said...

Happy birthday, Corban. My mum reads this blog, and we realised that your birthday and mine are just a few days apart - except I just turned 8. I got a scooter. Your family is just like ours - 2 boys and then a little gap and then a girl. We also have another sister coming in about 10 weeks. Maybe you'll have another sister too. anyway, I thought it would be cool to say happy birthday from Australia. love, Eric

Stacy said...

Elise,
Just stopping by to say Happy Mother's Day to you!

Love you,

~Stacy

:..Rebekah..: said...

My second child and only sweet boy turns nine tomorrow. Where has the time gone?

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