Your mind seeks and collects information at an alarming rate for a second grader. You are not very willing to read fiction for long periods of time right now, but you are completely enthralled with non-fiction books about animals, especially National Geographic almanacs. You also get a huge kick out of the Guinness Book of World Records. The other night you were giving me attitude about having to read your 20 minutes out loud, and you kept trying to read r-e-a-l-l-y s-l-o-w-l-y in dramatic protest. But after a few sentences, you would speed up and then get interested and make a comment about the many types of bears—then you’d remember you were pouting and slow down again. You didn’t fool me. You may not like to be forced to read out loud, but you are a natural learner and a great reader.
A friend recently pointed out how many random (and unnecessary) details you can recall with no effort. For instance, directions to just about anywhere we go, the dates of certain events, multiplication tables, movie and TV quotes from things we saw months ago, and the usual Sonic happy hour order for all five members of our family. My favorite thing about your awesome memory is hearing you sing worship songs word for word. Right now your current favorite (and Asher’s) is Nothing But the Blood. You guys request it every day in the car and sing it at the top of your lungs! We even had a talk about what it meant when it says “Nothing can for sin atone—nothing but the blood of Jesus.” I LOVE having deep talks with you, because you listen and consider and ponder and ask some more.
From the beginning, I prayed this over you: that your iron will would bring honor to God. That when God is done using it to refine me as a person and a mother that he would use it and use you to CHANGE THE WORLD, baby! And I’m starting to see glimpses of that. When you had a friend over a few weeks ago, he was using words we don’t allow. Nothing illicit, just not permitted. You firmly said, “We don’t say that word in our house. Please stop it.” I can tell you right now that even as a teenager I would have never had the guts to say that to a friend. You are confident in who you are, you know right from wrong, and the Holy Spirit is working in your heart—I can see it!
* We saved our pennies to let you attend several different camps this summer, and you THRIVE when you are active and stimulated. You did swim camp three times, geo cache camp, lego robotics, golf camp and VBS. It was a great summer for all of us, and it was especially fun to watch you trying new things.