Oh, my love...these are some of my favorite pictures of you. When did you grow up? Sometimes I still think of you this way. I want to put 347 of your baby pictures up in that post, but I'll suffice with about 30.
I've thought about it all year and cried about it often...As I look back, every ounce of me loved you in every way I could. I am so thankful that I could be with you at every moment, to wipe each tear, hear every giggle and listen to each story. I had the privilege of being by your side as you discovered the world. Most especially, I loved sharing stories about Jesus and Mary and their love for you and see you try to do acts of kindness here at home. So I send you off...your childhood has brought so much happiness to my life.
The friendship between you and Christiana has grown deep and is my favorite thing to witness each day. You often ask if you can talk at night after we put you to sleep and you will tell each other stories or make up jokes just to make each other laugh.
You wake each other up and will always wait on the other to go anywhere. Christiana has developed a love for cars, trains, and fishing while you discovered you can enjoy coloring and dancing, each because of the other. I will always find you side by side and rarely do you fight. God blessed you with the gift of each other's friendship, the hardest part about you leaving for Kindergarten, is that she is loosing her best friend.
So our little family life together will change, as life often does.
The upside is that Avila and Christiana will begin a new chapter together (when Avila grows out of her yelling and "I hate the world" phase)
I will especially miss all your little thoughts and musings throughout the day. Some of them lately:
"I'll be as quiet as a stone in church mom."
"It smells like Gaber, like yarn and honey."
"Mom, I just love you as big as the earth, I love you just too much."
|Special Breakfast..."Mom, you're going to miss all the fun at school"|
My heart aches to say goodbye, but I am excited for you. Nicholas, you are such a joy to my day. Like your father, you are always happy and in a good mood, quick to help if I ask. You try so hard to please us and are so full of goodness. You are my sunshine.
|I told him to smile for a picture and he told me to wait because he needed to put his hands in his pockets.|
|Andrew wanted to walk him to school and wants to do so every morning.|
|I starred on the porch..shaking my head...it almost didn't seem real.|
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch....
It was very quiet...I walked with a heavy heart, his little chatter was missing, but I was happy knowing he was having a ball.
Christiana received a "First Day without Nicholas Gift" ...
She painted ALL DAY and I don't think noticed too much he was gone, but did ask when he was coming back.
Somebody....else found a perfect little niche for her fat squatty body. She contentedly emptied out the contents of the diaper drawer and proceeded to empty out the wipes.
She also blew out of her diaper down the legs and all....twice. Nice teething phase.
What a day...side note: It was Andrew's 33rd birthday today! That's a whole other post. And so we start again tomorrow.