It is so hard for me to believe that you could be eight. The years seem to have gone by so quickly, even though the days sometimes seem to drag on and on.
You have grown so much this year. You have gotten so tall, and I can sometimes see the man that you one day will become in your face. You are anxious for more privileges that come with age, and yet you don't want any more work. You wanted a big boy room and the big bed back, but you still want to cuddle with me in the bed on early mornings and have me read to you in your bed alone at night.
You still struggle with defiance, and being honest with me. You are persistent and determined, and when you direct those traits you are amazing to watch, you can accomplish so very much. When you dig in those heels and won't be directed though, law you are a terror. You haven't grown to the point that you understand it is better to fess up to your mistakes than to hide it and be punished twice. You still like to run the gamble that no one will find out. It's something that you are working at.
Last night we had your cake after supper, we opened your presents, and you were so happy to be turning 8, even though I insisted you wouldn't be 8 until your birthday minute. You were so excited. You were so much fun to watch. The best news may have been telling you that Daddy is going to build a new nature table, and you are going to get to help. You want to do everything he does and enjoy when he lets you be a part of things with him. You were also so excited to get the big transformer fat head style stickers from Grandmother and Granddaddy. You were so disappointed when I told you that the wall was too textured for them to work. But now you have some that fit your closet doors, and you couldn't wait to have me hang them up.
Little boy watching you sleep last night in one of your many strange positions, it struck me all over again, just how blessed we have been to have been your parents. We love you, more than you know, and always pray that God will guide you and that you will grow to be a loving and honorable man.