Wasn’t it just yesterday that August was born? It seems like last week I was changing his newborn diapers and stressed over when to let him have his paci. And it seems like just a month ago when he turned one and started walking. Time sure does fly and somehow it is possible to keep loving this little boy more and more.
August has a deep love for learning, collecting facts, and knowing more about the world around him. This year we’ve answered more “why” questions than we could count. During bedtime stories I’ve learned more about dinosaurs, wild predators, and other wild animals than ever before. I’ve had to explain why some families look different than ours (two moms/dads, one mom/dad, divorced families, etc.). We’ve had to answer the “why” behind sickness and death. Along with the truth about Santa Clause. August desires fairness, truth and order. August requests to turn the radio to NPR so he can hear about wars, Trump and other current events. To sum it all up into one word…inquisitive.
While August has a very inquisitive and serious side to him, he sure loves to be silly. He has grown quite fond of the poop emoji and all things potty talk (even though it usually leads him into timeout). He loves putting all of the couch pillows on the floor, turning up some music and declaring a family dance party. His current favorite tune is Brother by Needtobreathe. It isn’t uncommon to find August caught up in a tickle fight with Chris or chasing around his brother trying to pull his pants down.
Serious and silly are two words to describe August, another one would be snuggly. This year August has grown into quite the snuggle bug. There’s nothing he loves more than grabbing his superhero book and snuggling up with mom to read a book. We often end our bedtime routine with snuggles. And if I allowed it, we’d snuggle for hours. He’s developed a more empathic heart. Noticing when someone is sick or hurt and expressing care and concern for that person. We’ve seen his heart for others come out in prayers requests or ideas of how to help others.
This year August has learned how to ride his two wheel bike without training wheels, has started swim lessons, played t-ball, and loves preschool. Before our eyes August turned into a boy– running, climbing, dancing and riding. All while promising that he will still give me snuggles now that he is 5 and just MAYBE even when he is a teenager. He does often declare that the only person he’d ever want to marry is me. Ha.
August Thacker–you are loved more than you know. I pray that your love for learning and knowing the truth never fades. Keep seeking truth in all that you do. Question when things don’t make sense and work to do what is right. I pray that you grow in your love for the Lord and your love for His people. Find ways to serve others, show love and shine your light. God has given you some amazing gifts, and I pray that you find ways to use those gifts throughout your childhood to further God’s Kingdom.
You are so fiercely loved, big brother.