Almost every day I make the rounds with our kids and ask them what they are thankful for and the responses are as varied as they are.  With Tymen the answers are always the same….Mama, our family, Jesus.  He is a loving  heart who engages enthusiastically and wraps his arms around anyone who shows him some attention.  He wiggles and gets distracted but he’s quite bright and breezing through reading and loves math.  His favorite activity right now is building for hours with a bucket of legos and it’s a relief for me to see that he loves to create things as frankly, he takes things apart with alarming frequency and always has a shocked and regretful look on his face when confronted.  From plugging in the hand mixer with the blade and wielding it at his brothers, to throwing rocks around in the backyard and breaking lights, to pulling the stuffing out of pillows…and the list goes on…he’s all boy. And though he wears me to a nub at times,  I love him for it.

I adore this little guy and am so glad for the time I get with him.  Though his school went to all day kindergarten this February, I have opted to still keep him at home with me in the mornings.  It probably was about 20% because I feel like he’s still a little guy and sitting all day is a challenge plus he’s tracking well with the material.  80% was for me so I’d have these last few months to savour having him home for part of the day.  I love buddying around with him and Theo, taking trips to the library and park, baking, and letting them play together. In a few months he’ll be in first grade.  It’s hard to believe this little crazy is growing up and though I see his interests grow and questioning develop, it still makes my sentimental mom’s heart glad when he picks me flowers, asks for bunny pancakes for his birthday breakfast in bed, and slips his hand in mine when we walk together.

I’ve shared before about how Tymen was the surprise of my life, coming along 13 months behind Jasper.  Though he’s created his fair share of messes and craziness, he’s also caused my cup to overflow.  I always wanted children to love but experiencing that love back is such a gift and this boy has a heart a mile wide.

Happy birthday, Tymen!  We love you, son!

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