|Honey Bunches at 3, 6, and 12 months|
"The eyes are the window to the soul." I love this quote, especially when I apply it to my wonderful son, Honey Bunches. He turned 10 on February 6th.
As a baby, Honey's eyes captivated me with their dark - almost black color. His eyes still capture my heart, with their depth and lashes so long they brush against his glasses. I've been told more than once that Honey has an old soul. He is often protective of what lies deep within, but every once in awhile, he allows others a glimpse.
|Honey Bunches giving Pumpkin a guitar lesson.|
|Honey voluntarily helping Sweet Pea with her reading homework.|
Last fall, his 4th grade teacher explained to us that she sees Honey as a boy with many layers. Her goal for the year; to peel some of those layers away to find the true Honey Bunches. As a mom, I was truly joyful in hearing that recognition. In school, he often talks when he shouldn't and spends too much time digging in his desk (when he shouldn't), so to hear that another sees Honey as more than those things, well, it made my heart sing.
Speaking of singing, Honey sings every, single day. He'll ask me to turn the radio off and then serenades us to and from school. His siblings don't always appreciate it, but I love it. He sings with feeling and shows no fear in showing it. I was a bit under the weather a few weeks ago, and as I lied on the sofa, Honey stroked my hair and asked, "do you want me to sing to you Mom?"
When asked what he wanted for his birthday this year, Honey needed some time to think about it. He came back with, "people can just make a donation to a charity instead of buying me presents." I promise, I did not coach him to say that!
A few days later, as we were listening to the radio, Honey heard a promo for the TobyMac concert coming to the Twin Cities. He tried to win tickets by calling into the radio station, but he couldn't get through. With help from an Auntie, we were able to buy two tickets to that concert.
Monkey created a scavenger hunt for Honey. With each clue, he received a puzzle piece. At the end of the hunt, he put all the pieces together to reveal his gift.
|Honey Bunches before the TobyMac concert.|
In addition to the concert, Honey also received tickets to The Lego's Movie, he went to a Timber Wolves game with his cousin, and he opened up a new blanket, socks, and a box of cereal.
For his birthday supper, he chose chicken enchiladas, rice and white cake with chocolate frosting.
Honey Bunches, I am so proud of the person you are, and how you are developing the gifts and talents God has given you. You are smart, witty, funny and talented. I love how you would rather tear something apart and rebuild it, than to read the instructions. I love that you wander into the kitchen each night and ask if you can help me with supper. I love that you sing, play guitar, and have dreams of being in your own band someday. I love that you would rather build with Lego's, read a book or play a game, than watch T.V. You are a true treasure to our family and Dad and I are blessed beyond measure, that God chose us to be your parents. I love you Honey, now and forever!
|The mandatory "birthday picture in the corner."|