November 09, 2009

Top Nine

Nine years is it even possible that you are nine years old? I have spent the morning taking a walk down memory lane looking at a ton of old pictures of you. I want to cry for how much I miss the "little you", and yet I am so excited to be a part of the "bigger you".

It has not been a dull year so I am going to try my hardest to pick some of the Top Nine about the past 12 months.

9. For the first time (that I know of) you had a little girl writing "I love Nathan" in her notebook. Lord help me, I am quite certain it won't be the last.

8. Your official record for "controlling your emotions" was about 3 days. We will keep that little item on our To Do list.

7. You took a nose dive off your razor and ended up with some awesome looking injuries to your face. I think you milked that one for all the attention you could get out of it! You then learned how to ride a Ripstick and I pray every day you don't kill yourself on that thing!

6. You scored your first touchdown and got your first mohawk!

5. You went to your very first concert with Aunt Cyndi and me. I loved watching you wave your arms in the air , sing along to the songs, and covering your ears when things got a little too loud!
4. You were so engrossed in a book series this summer (when you weren't burying your brother in the sand) that you were actually in a full out funk when it was over. Oh, how I can relate to that!! I envy you all the reading adventures you have waiting for you.....

3. You took your first helicopter ride without thinking twice about doing it.

2. You were elected to represent your class for student council and I must say that your speech really rocked! I wish you had actually done the whole thing for your class, but I totally get how nerves can get in the way of a well rehearsed speech. I loved working on it with you and I LOVED when you stood on the kitchen chair and practiced your speech so emphatically.

1. I had the honor of sitting next to you while you told Pastor Thomas exactly why you want to be baptized. The simplicity and honesty of your answers to his questions brought me to tears (big surprise) and I was once again astounded at how pure your love for God and His Son is.

This next year promises to be a big one. Our little family is getting ready to embark on a huge adventure! I am so excited for all you will see and experience in the coming year.

I love you so much I don't think my heart can hold it all. Happy Birthday Buddy!!! I am honored to be able to Do Life with you.......


  1. OK, so did you cry writing the post, cause I am totally tearing up right now! Please tell me I'm not alone! This is such a beautiful note to your N (not a secret anymore, mom, you put his full name in #9!). I hope he reads it. I did the same thing for my boys on their birthdays and left the blog up for them to read. I think the one that got me the most was #1. I remember sitting in our kitchen and having my boys ask me how you "get saved" and explaining to them how important it is, and the prayer that you pray with all your heart when you are ready to make such a decision. And my little Zachary saying a little while later, "Mom, I prayed that." Oh my heart! It just explodes with joy every time God adds members to His family! And you're right, to see that pure and perfect love is so beautiful beyond words.
    Way to go, Mom, for showing N the love of our Lord and "training him up in the way he should go." I hope you have a great day, too!
    Happy Birthday Nathan!! I hope you have the best 9th birthday any kid could ask for!

  2. What a wonderful letter to him!! I know how you feel about not wanting them to grow up but excited for them to grow up all in the same time!! It's so hard being a mom!!!


  3. WOW -- I can't believe N is 9! He is such a great kid -- I just love being around him -- so funny, such a great personality! Keri, you and Scot have done an excellent job of raising these boys, and your top 9 list is proof of that. You have encouraged them both to figure out who they are and what they're good at, and then you have been their biggest cheerleaders.

    xoxoxo to you!



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