Saturday, December 5, 2009

Happy 15th Birthday, Alex

On a cold winter day, fifteen years ago, our youngest child was born, our seventh son and eleventh child.  He was brought home in a snow storm on slippery roads and a prayer on our lips.  He was welcomed, adored and quickly spoiled. With ten older siblings there was always someone to hold him and to get attention from.
 Alex was a happy child, but with a serious nature.  He was the only sibling to win the "don't smile" contest his dad would play with them. Chuck would say, "I'll give you a dollar if you don't smile."  The brothers and sisters couldn't do it and would break into smiles no matter how hard they tried, but not Alex!
His favorite toys as a small child and to this day are anything electronic.  He learned to love the computer at the age of three or four and amused us with his new "computer language."  "Don't touch the computer, I'm downloading."  We barely knew at that point, as computers were so new to us, what downloading was.  He would go from the computer to the nintendo and on to videos and I would have to remind him to go outside and play.
Alex has homeschooled all of his school years except for the year he went to public school when he was eleven.  He learned from that year that homeschooling gives him the freedom to learn at his own pace and choices in books and subjects.  He is doing well and if we have a question we need answered, he  usually has the answer.
He keeps busy in church activities and is on the dance team and helps teach the younger children.  I often see him reading his Bible and know he has the desire to do what's right.
Alex has started driver's training this month.  I know he'll learn quickly and will be a concientious driver.  But, I just got through his sister learning and am still recovering.  Bright side is he's the last one!!
Alex,  Dad and I are very proud of you and know you'll make good decisions as you grow. 
Love, Mom

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Letter To Kevin

Dear Kevin,

Today, is the one year anniversary of your accident.  As I reflect back to that traumatic day, I recall all the emotions and tears that all the family and friends were feeling.  It was so hard to see you just laying there with no response for over two weeks.  You had so many people praying for you and showing love and support to the family that it just had to have a good ending.  You have come so far this year in your progress.  You're back at school, have a job, even a girlfriend!  But, best of all is your desire to grow in the Lord and your love for Him.  I see such a change, a wonderful change. When I think of you I have such a joyful feeling and I just have to say a quick thank-you prayer. 
Today is a day to reflect and be thankful and then to have faith in the good future that God has planned for you.  It's a great one, Kevin.
Aunt Kathy