|Nate's First Birthday|
She mentioned "Maybe you're pregnant" and I blew it off as unlikely. A couple days after she left, I had to tell her that she was right!!
Colin wasn't a year old yet, and when Nathaniel was born a month early, that made them 18 months, less a day, apart. Unlike his siblings, I wasn't sure of his name until he was born -- but now that he has been with us all these years, I know I chose the right name for him. His name means "Gift of God" and this spirited and dedicated child is definitely another gift from God in our lives.
Nate is a young man that is conscientious, generous, kind and loving. He is always quick to help others and doesn't shirk from hard work. He has a sensitive spirit, although he likes to put on a face that he doesn't. He likes to work with his hands. He loves the outdoors and heat. He is intelligent, and when he puts his mind to it, does very well on spelling tests.
He loves to play sports and looks forward to the start of the different seasons. He is finishing up Little League this week and can't wait for club soccer this fall. He always tries his best and gives each sport his all!
He loves his family very much. He and Lydia are so close that they often fight with each other, but you can see the love anyway. He and his brother are still extremely close, and I hope the three of them retain that closeness throughout their lives.
He chooses friends who are kind as well. He is well-liked by his classmates, and teachers.
This year was his first in the school system, and he adjusted beautifully. His grades put him at the top of his class, and his great attitude made him a favorite of his teachers. He is still working hard at speech therapy and learning tools to lessen his stuttering.
He has blossomed into an advocate for the stuttering population by sharing his presentation videos, as well as always being willing to educate others about stuttering. He never lets him hold him back.
He is friendly and outgoing and while his stutter sometimes slows down conversations he never backs away from talking with others.
He's my child that I would choose to visit museums with, because he is thoughtful and interested when visiting them. He likes to have the space, time and peace to fully appreciate the things around him.
I'm lucky that he still hugs me goodbye in the morning, and hugs me goodnight. He won't kiss me out in public, but if I catch him in the moment sometimes he will still hold my hand.
Today I wish my "little one" a very Happy Birthday! He celebrated with his friends yesterday, but today it's about family. He requested lasagna for his birthday dinner and I was happy to make it for him! It's been wonderful watching him grow through the years and I'm eager to see what he does next.