Sunday, August 12, 2018

Adoniah Turns 3!

At the beginning of this month, our third-born turned 3! He is a bundle of energy, mischief, happy grins, and strong opinions! I'm going to be honest and admit that it's been a challenging year helping him navigate big emotions and learn to obey.  And it's an ongoing process that we are still very much in the thick of. The Lord has used Adoniah to teach me so much about how desperately I need His grace every day to be a patient mommy. So many days I fail and need to ask forgiveness of Him and my children, yet His mercies are new every morning! I am thankful for this exuberant boy of mine who pushes me to rely on the Lord more and to cry out for wisdom in teaching him character both through instruction and example.

Adoniah is definitely the tag-along little brother who always wants to be doing what Isaac and Josiah are doing. He loves to do school, help in the kitchen, play outside, read books, take baths, and ride his tricycle. Yet, as much as Addy wants to be doing whatever the big boys are doing, sometimes he has had a hard time growing up, sharing me with Silas, and not being the baby anymore. Multiple times every day, he comes up to me and says, "I want to 'hode' you, Mommy." (His way of saying, "Will you hold me?") He finally learned how to go poop in the potty which was a major victory that we celebrated with chocolate! :) The rest of potty training is almost there and I think he will soon be able to stay dry all the time...

My favorite memories with Adoniah from this past year are of him repeating after me our special bedtime phrases whenever I tuck him in for a nap or evening sleep. He started it all on his own and it melts my heart every time!
"Night, night, Adoniah."
"Night, night."
"I'll see you when you wake up!"
"See you when you wake up."
"I love you."
"I love you." (said with a grin)

I have enjoyed seeing his speech abilities develop this year, his excitement every time he sees "the letter A for Adoniah," and his sweet affection for his family deepen. He is a precious child with a big heart and an even bigger personality who still fills our life with sunshine even in the midst of the stormy days! I can't wait to see what this new year of life will hold for Adoniah and pray that God will use his enthusiasm to accomplish great good in this world! ;)

(These pictures are not in chronological order, but Blogger is giving me problems trying to rearrange them, so they will just have to be out of order for the time being.)

He was so little in this picture!

Fun times at the Bob Evens Farm Festival!

Feeling the sheep's wool.

Shopping buddies!

Sneaking green beans.

Even though it's blurry, I love the expression on his face! Such a classic Adoniah excited look!

The first day of "school."

Fine motor practice.

"Tractors are my best fing in da world!"
(translation: Tractors are my favorite!)

Mr. Mischief-Maker - a magnet for mess!

Those eyes.

Sampling the batter is the best part.

He loves to play dress up with Jo!

Snow cream - yum!

He also considers his green blankie to be a "best fing!"

It takes both the sunshine and the rain to make a rainbow.

Growin up!

Adoniah Wesley, our big 3 year old!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Josiah is 4!

On June 29, our Josiah Bear turned 4 years old! What a year of growth this has been for him - not just physically, but in emotional maturity as well! Sometime several months ago, it was like a switch was flipped in this little guy and he blossomed into a sunshiny child eager to obey, delightful as can be, and much more stable in his moods. His once tempestuous personality has settled down tremendously and he is a more calm, grown-up boy with a developing sense of humor, a silly streak, and a depth to his sweetness. It has been an amazing transformation to watch. 

We truly do reap in a different season than we sow. It has been nice to begin reaping the fruit of all that child training in the first 3 1/2 years of his life! (Gives me hope for Child #3 who is proving to be quite challenging in the obedience department right now!) Josiah still has his occasional angry outbursts or moments of frustration that we continue to talk through, but he has come such a long way in both his ability to communicate as well as express self-control. 

Preschool was great fun for JoJo this past year, and he made good strides academically! He learned how to write numbers and some letters, how to read simple 3-letter words, and how to comprehend chapter books being read aloud. Having books read to him is definitely one of his all-time favorite activities!  Josiah finished his preschool math book, and started in on his kindergarten one with happy smiles. He also still loves to help me with cooking or baking projects in the kitchen.  He is learning responsibility with chores and takes his job as official egg-collector seriously. 

Josiah has toughened up a lot and is the biggest fan of wrestling with Daddy and the brothers that we have in the household! He has also discovered a greater love for being outdoors this year. He is outgrowing his naps, and bounces out of bed every 5 minutes some days asking if he can go outside! He and Isaac come up with all sorts of imaginary adventures outdoors and are nearly inseparable. They both also like building with Legos on the (currently) empty top bunk.  Josiah really looks up to Isaac and always wants to do everything just like his big brother.  

Despite growing up in so many ways between ages 3 and 4, Josiah still loves his snuggles with Mommy and Daddy. He thrives on lots of physical affection and is the child who will come up and give me random kisses throughout the day just because. He makes us laugh all the time at his silly antics (especially the wild dress up fashions he comes up with)! His smile melts my heart and his love for Bible time brings me great joy! He loves to announce regularly that he "loves God the best." 

Considering how much JoJo has grown this past year, I am excited to see what the next year holds for him! 

Always read for an adventure!

The Pensive Look

Notice which child is IN the barrel. That would be because he is the daring one!

Always a lover of babies!

One of my favorite pictures!

Notice the admiring looks for Big Bro.

Hey - I've seen him before!

JoJo learned how to sweep this year!

This boy brings us so much joy!
We love our Josiah Daniel!