Henry has been a sweet delight to me as a mother. He has also been a very challenging child to raise. Very. Henry has a very curious mind and never ceases to amaze me and his father at the things that he does, or is interested in.
A Few Moments in Henry's life:
*at eighteen months old Henry set our couch on fire by striking two matches and laying them down beside him - with me in the room with my back to him.
*at 12 months or so Henry repeatedly stuck bobby pins or anything he could fit into the outlets (after peeling out the safety covers) Did you get the repeatedly part?
*climbed TWO gates on his doorway to escape when he chose to do so. (We finally, for his own safety, turned the door knob around so we could keep him in the room when needed)
*during his nap time one day he put on seventeen (17!) pull ups.. all at one time.
*wanted to marry me for many years in his toddler- preschool years.
*while his friend, Summit, was shooting a target with a high powered pellet gun he went to kick the target.. yep you guessed it.. he had a field pellet to go through two of his toes, finally exiting into his shoe. The pellet took part of his bone off in the last toe it exited. This was just three or so years ago. He did not cry.
*he has adopted two brothers (Summit and Ryan) and two sisters (Sarah and Mary) whom he has all known since he was a wee one. An only child can be a lonely road (though he is not really an only child, 9 years in between only two siblings is great span and it feels like we have raised two only children. I am glad he has developed such deep meaningful relationships. May each of them help him to become the man that God desires him to be.
Got the bull by the horns!
Do you see that "I gotta know" in him?
(most recent pic)
He was awarded "most improved" on his swim team this year.
It says: Between the innocence of boyhood and the dignity of manhood we find a delightful creature of a boy. It is so true!
Henry and his sister Mary, playing King and Queen!
Evidently the album with Henry's birth pictures is already packed away. I had hoped to find this one picture of when he was first born but you will have to settle for these.
On some days I am worn down at all of the areas I fell like I have let him down as mother. Worn down by the mistakes I have made with him along the way. But then, I am encouraged because God has a great plan for him, He has given Henry a specific make up for a specific purpose which will be carried out.
Happy Birthday Henry, your dad and I love you very much!