[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] L [/dropcap]ately, my big little man has turned a corner in his behavior. He’s growing up and maturing before our very eyes. He’s become a very good big brother, and as he likes to tell me, “I’m a great helper, Mom.” He really is a great helper, and I appreciate it so much. I can see how much he’s learning in school, and I no longer have to carry him to his class. He now carries his lunch, gives me a hug, and walks right in. I can also tell how much he enjoys social interaction. He is so friendly and he makes friends everywhere. It makes my heart proud. But the biggest change we’re seeing in him is his understanding of who Jesus is. He likes to pray now; he has started to listen when Mark tells stories from the Bible. He asks questions and he talks about Jesus. Let me tell you how much that means to me. I have always prayed that Ryder would have a heart after God, and it’s such a good thing to see his heart growing and understanding. It’s so very special.

Last night, after I failed to fully read the instructions on the pizza crust recipe that I had chosen, we ended up eating a very late dinner. So the boys had to have story time while they finished eating. Mark chose to tell them the story of David and Goliath, and as he told the story, Ryder would lean over to his little brother and give further explanation. Ezra would listen and say okay, and then Mark would carry on. It was precious to watch. I love my big boy and I know that God has begun a good work in him and He will complete it. I’m blessed to be allowed to be his mommy.

And on a completely different subject, I’ve decided to start doing two new series on this blog. I’m hoping to be able to post to each series every week, and I’ll be speaking with my blog designer (my sister) about how to add two new categories so that the reader can easily follow whichever one tickles their fancy. I’ve been challenged by both my husband and my dad to write more, and seeing how I’m needing an outlet, yet don’t have the time to do what I’d really love to do, writing seems to be the obvious avenue. So once I have the series’ titles and design laid out, we’ll make the changes to this blog. I hope, hope, hope that they’ll be an encouragement to whoever may read them. But I also hope to grow as I pour out. Growth is always a good thing . . .

Lastly, I’m way behind on Christmas shopping. Way behind. Thank the Lord for the internet as I still have 7 shopping days left and don’t have to drag my little ones around town to make our purchases. We do very simple Christmases at our house, so our lists are quite short. But I always face the challenge of finding something to give to all of our family overseas. I never get our gifts there on time, but after 6 years, I think they probably just figure that the American Haydens will be late. 🙂 Someday, that will change.

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