A Jolly Holiday with the Henry Family

In lieu of sending out Christmas cards to all our lovely peeps, it’s a digital year! Please keep sending your beautiful cards in the mail to me, and forgive me that this Christmas season has had a few more seasonings than most seasons for us.

Grateful that Jesus was sent to us, a baby born to give His life so that I would someday pray for Him to save mine.

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

O: Year 1

This one year business is legit… my little buddy is one year old now.

Olan bae has really come a long way since month eleven. He is finally fine with picking up his own food and chomping on it himself! It’s a miracle! What progress he has made! He is drinking through a straw, and has given up the bottles very effortlessly it seems. This last week I have cuddled up with him while he drinks away the last of the good stuff from the freezer before bed. I am going to miss this phase in a way! But also so thankful to put away washing bottles and the like for awhile. We made it a whole year, the goal has been reached! Praise the Lord.

I love the emerging little dude that we’ve seen this month… the other day, all the way from his room he heard the tickle ruckus that daddy and Evie were creating in the living room and crawled his whole self into where his family was and joined in on the fun. He turns the pages of books and loves to touch and feel and flip and peek around in books. I have thoroughly enjoyed this with him! He’s pointing at specific things (the light whenever he gets his diaper changed), trying to say words (not real successful yet!), is the hungriest hippo in the west (he loves to watch me cook, just like his sissy, and will pace and moan in the kitchen until you give him a handout or pick him up), his adventurous side has him crawling under beds to get stuff, he’s got a calloused knee from crawling all over tarnation (his peg leg crawl is pretty adorable), and he’s taken a special interest in cars and balls and hammers.

The good-bye wave is finally coming along, he gives high fives without a thought, he points at what he wants, he can show you his hair, he is beginning to understand basic commands like go get it and come here, water is still his favorite method of mess making, he knows how to throw his food (not cool… already had a few hand slaps to stop this naughty habit before it begins!), and he loves making noises into Evie’s karaoke microphone. He’s all of 26 pounds and 32 inches tall!

His top two teeth are now IN (he is much more apt than Evie was to lett us know he’s getting a new tooth), he sleeps like a doll, is a happy human being (unless he’s hungry and sees that you have food you might be depriving him of), and loves giving real hugs and reaching for people he loves! I will take a big bear hug any day from this sweet bear of mine. Gosh darn it, Olan. I love you! Happy birthday little buddy.

Disclaimer: This photo shoot was probably one of the worst I’ve had. Olie was so squirrelly and would NOT smile one little bit. He just pranced around with his face to the ground or a rock in his mouth and whined the whole time until I got a snack out. So the only smiles you see are ones where he’s stuffed his face with Teddy Grahams. Little punk! Ha ha! I am disappointed that his one year old pictures didn’t turn out magical, but these will have to do for now. Better luck next time, dude.

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