Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Birthday Buddies

{I love it when he winks at me...}

These two share a birthday month. 

None of the six under the farmhouse roof have similar personalities. 

And the truth is, they have two sides to them just like every other person on the planet. They have their strengths and they have their weaknesses. And as a mama, it can be easier some days to focus on the latter. 

Yes, they have weaknesses, but they also have amazing strengths and I've been asking the Lord to open my eyes to what HE sees in each of them. Reese's strengths are outward, in fact the girl wears her whole heart on her sleeve. 

Jed on the other hand mostly keeps to himself and has very few words, so it is much harder for me to really know him the way I long to know him. I ask him questions throughout the day, but most of the time I get one or two word answers. I have found that when I tuck him in at night and I choose to linger a little bit, that's when he likes to talk to me. 

And I'm trying so hard to listen. I'm not the best listener. I hear what the kids are saying but I often hear them with my own preconceived notions and thus I'm really not hearing them at all. I'm a fixer, but they would benefit so much more from me being a listener. 

Anyways, Jed will be seven and Reese is now nine. They're buds. {The oldest two are buds and the middle two are buds, and the youngest two haven't quite figured out what it means to be buds with anybody. :) }

These two both enjoy art and jumping on the trampoline and playing Groundies with their siblings. I love summer because they spend hours outside building forts and making up things to play. Jed loves building Legos and Reese just got another American Girl doll for her birthday that she hasn't put down since she bought it. They both love to draw and watch youtube videos to help them figure out how to draw new things. 

They are two of my greatest gifts and I hope that they always feel celebrated because it has been my joy to walk alongside them as we seek the Lord all of our days. 

Happy Birthday Skyler Reese and Jedders!