My big sweet boy is 5 years old today!
Ryan recently gave me this Willow Tree figurine along with a set of figurines for the girls as a present to me. This one for Tyler is perfect. It is exactly how I view him. He has such a sweet servant heart. Don't get me wrong, he's not perfect and we definitely have our moments but just his overall attitude every day truly shows his heart of gold.
His little routine every day is to wake up in the morning and get "sugars". Stinky breath and all. And it's not just momma sugars but sugars from his sister's and his daddy if he is home. He can't have enough sugars. In fact if he wakes up before Haylee, he will ask me over and over "when is Haylee going to wake up?" He can't wait to see his sister. During the day, I will catch him stealing kisses from Katelynn who WAS sound asleep. Or he will be "tackling" Haylee on the floor which makes start to fuss all to get sugars from her. Where did he get all of this love?
His favorite thing to do is help me with ANY task or chore during the day. This is where I certainly see how God has gifted him with a servant's heart. He loves to help me with laundry by putting clothes into the dryer or by taking clothes out of the dryer and sorting/matching socks for me. He is always asking to do dishes but we just recently got a dishwasher (well I still am the dishwasher but we got a electric one to help me) so it's easier for me now and I don't need as much help. He always wants to help me make my bed but wants nothing to do with making his bed which I don't understand!?! Vacuuming would probably be his favorite "chore." He even has his own little Dirt Devil that he follows my Dyson around with. I keep wondering when does this end, when does he turn into a normal boy that wants to play all the time and not help with chores. I am hoping it doesn't end anytime soon.
Another aspect of his heart of gold is how he cares for others. The minute he finds out someone is sick it's "can I make him/her a card mommy?" or he says "that makes me so sad!" When his grandma was in surgery recently I told him that grandma was at the hospital and going to have surgery on her neck like what happened to daddy's back. He says "NO, I don't want them to cut on her!" "They are going to hurt her!" Or the time when we were relying on MY grandma (Tyler's Great Grandma) to watch him while I was going to the doc when I was pregnant with Katelynn. She had fallen in her driveway and by the time we had drove up she the firemen were there. She eventually had to call 911 and the firemen had to come help her up. Tyler was SO distraught over this. I told Granny that I would just take Tyler with me so she could rest b/c she was pretty banged up. OH NO, Tyler was not leaving Granny. "She needs my help mommy, I need to take care of her." "I promise I will be good" Okay Tyler, and Granny agreed that he would be more help than harm. He still to this day will say, "my poor granny." "I feel so bad that she fell and there was no one to help her." He has mentioned that about 3 or 4 times and it happened early this past summer.
As we get near to the age of him being able to make the decision to come to know Christ. My heart leaps for joy just knowing how God has already equipped him with such a servants heart and a heart to want to help others. I can't imagine how much more God will equip him when he becomes a child of God and how his love for others will grow. He is very curious about God already and wanting to "talk to God." In fact the other day we were in the car and I was getting onto him for something. I told him that Christmas was getting close and Santa was watching him. He said, "No momma, God is watching me!" Just a huge smile all over my face. Here I was trying to bribe him by being good to get Christmas presents and he was remembering that God was watching us. I am amazed by all the little things he is picking up and learning.
Tyler, you are such a joy and you will always have my heart. You are going to start school this coming year and you are going to begin a journey of so much influence. I pray for you to keep this sweet spirit of just being who God made you to be with all of your wonderful gifts and your sweet sweet attitude. I pray that it will never change or be swayed. I pray that you see your need for your Heavenly Father at a early age. With the gifts you have now I see wonderful things being done for His kingdom. I know that you are scared to start school because of being behind a little bit in learning due to 3 years of speaking Vietnamese. (Lord, that's gotta help for something in that little brain of his!) But, you are going to bounce back and do fine. You make me so proud to be your mom and I know your dad is so proud too. You just keep that Heart of Gold and God will do wonders in your life.