To Our Little Buddy Olan

Hey Olio!

It’s time for you to turn two! My, oh my, it’s been a wonderful year of progress for you. You’ve always been an observer, and this year, I have seen you observe, learn from what you see, and then put into action your observations, and that is pretty fun to watch. Whether that be always saying “Olie try!”, taking your first steps, going “big boy style” down the stairs, or climbing into your chair at the table, you are gaining your own independent spirit rapidly. I see you observing Evie, and wow, you copy literally everything that she does! She sure loves you fiercely, even if she squeezes you too tight. I understand how she feels… it’s hard not to hug you as hard as I can!

You are swiftly growing from my baby to my boy. I’m lucky you still love to cuddle and rock at night. You still toddle around like you’re just learning to walk and run. Watching you try and climb things like a noob makes me smile (sticking your leg straight up onto an object isn’t real effective most times, ha ha!). The way you try and say every word that is uttered in our home is so sweet and I love to see you learn our language. These little baby things will soon be a thing of the past, so I am relishing in your littleness for as long as time allows. I do look forward to seeing what you love now expand into your interests and gifts! You are a big question mark right now, what with all of the things you love: dancing, music, baseball, football, water, cars, farm equipment, getting dirty, being clean, motorcycles, big trucks, food, snuggling with your blanket. What will you be like? I’m so glad to have a front row seat in watching your story unfold, Olan.

The Lord has been forming you into a gentle, cautious, willful boy this year. You are quick to apologize, eager to try new things (but not at the expense of you feeling in control), and anxious to do the tasks you set your heart on. I love these three traits I see in you. I am praying this year that God will shape these traits into your character as you grow. I would love to see you become a gentleman as you grow into a young man. It’s my desire to watch you take such care and caution in your decision-making to think about how those choices affect you and others around you. My heart would be so full to witness you seeking after Jesus with your whole heart, letting nothing get in your way. The enemy may see your gentleness as weakness, cautiousness as easily frightened, and your willfulness as self-seeking, but oh, what the Lord can do to turn those same traits into Godly character! We have much to anticipate for your life, sweet one.

Happy birthday, baby boy! I love you to bits!

Love,

Mom

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