My sweet, sweet boy. In a house full of girls, it can be hard to be the one boy but he handles it so well. Sometimes he needs some boy time for sure, but he plays well with his sisters. It has been such a neat year watching him grow and develop and to see more of his personality shine through. He has come a bit more out of his shell and often surprises me with his strength and bravery. He loves to move, laugh, wiggle, and play and his energy is truly boundless. All of my children are active and full of energy, but Noah’s boyishness shines through so often in his dire need for time to just run and jump and play wild outside. On rainy days, he truly starts climbing walls and bouncing around like a ball. He is such a delight to teach and flies through his school work, eager to learn and hungry always for more. It is a true joy to watch, and I so desire to spur him on! His hunger to learn has made him a voracious reader. This year he really took off in his mountain biking, flipping on the trampoline, and in fishing. He lost his first two bottom teeth this year too, and it has so changed his little appearance. He treasures time alone with daddy and loves to help work in the garage, mow the lawn, and build things. He loves music and began piano lessons this year, really enjoying learning and having time with his piano teacher. He loves drawing and coloring. Lately he’s really gotten into writing letters and he checks the mailbox daily to see if any of his pen-pals have sent him anything. I see him growing spiritually, too, which blesses me endlessly. I love to hear him laugh, it truly is the best.
Brandon built him a see-saw for his bike, as they’ve enjoyed some mountain biking together this past year and Noah really loves the sport, especially a see-saw feature at a local mountain biking area. He actually had been helping Brandon build it over the last few weeks but didn’t know what it was. It was so neat to see him be so surprised! He played on it all day, in and out of the house either on the see-saw or riding his new roller blades around the house (I think I got a size too small so we will be exchanging them for a size up, so until then he is only wearing them inside).
We also gifted him his first real bible. This is so special and he was pretty excited. He has really excelled in reading this year and when we had family bible reading, it would be nice for him to have his own scripture to become familiar with.
I knit him a sweater of course, but this time he specified the design and the colors. He really loves my sweaters and wears them constantly at home, which makes it always worthwhile to knit for him. He had also asked this year for a doll, and Brandon and I felt a little uncertain about it and tried to persuade him otherwise. But when I saw this waldorf-style doll called a “boy’s big friend” I felt like it would be a good choice for him. I knit a little sweater for the doll (which he named James) with yarn leftover from Noah’s sweater. Is it weird for him to have a doll? I don’t know. I think he just wants a little buddy to take care of and cart around, and he is a very nurturing boy. But he also loves cars and trucks, biking and sword play like all boys. I think it’s sweet that he wants a little someone to take care of and love.
He really developed a love for fishing this year, though we haven’t gotten to take him often. I was inspired at the last moment to make his cake a little more fun and fancy by adding a few fishing details. He really loved it.
Happy seventh birthday, my sweet treasured boy. You are a delight and bring such joy to your parents!