Our second son.
Our Ty Christian.
How is it today he holds up four sweet fingers instead of three?
With Ty our family is perfectly complete. And God knows Ty is the ideal kid to be our caboose. The one that keeps us on our toes and knees. The one who gobbles up life and bravely enters situations with smiles and an appetite for more- more friends, more food, more fun.
When I watch our birthday boy and observe vast wonder in his blue eyes, when I overhear him sharing with Tanner about friends and school and what his favorite color is, I am humbled.
Because God knows what is best, and what’s best is Ty completing our family.
He celebrates simple moments.
He craves chocolate chip cookies and dance parties.
He does the best voice interpretations. In fact, the other night, he had all of us howling with Mater’s voice from Cars, “She likes me for my body.”
I could watch him build Legos for hours, his tongue out and eyebrows focused. He loves crowds but is uncomfortable when all eyes are on him.
His imagination inspires. Take his Box Troll Halloween costume, for example. The kid came up with the idea, built most of it himself and spends afternoons in his own creative world playing. With a cardboard box. I love that.
Today we celebrate him. And you can be a part of it.
Recently, my brother-in-law, Jason, did the coolest request for his son, Hunter. On Hunter’s birthday, Jason posted a handsome picture of the birthday boy on Instagram and invited people to share birthday messages for Hunter, the plan to read them to him later that night. Rad, right?
Inspired by his idea, I invite you to join us in celebrating our Ty. After we do our traditional Affirm The Birthday Person circle around Ty-Ty, you can offer your own celebratory words. Feel free to leave him a birthday message, prayer, blessing or thought in the comments below (on the blog). As he cozies up for bed tonight, I’ll read him your words, knowing his head and heart will be filled with encouragement and love, before drifting off to sleep on his first night as a four-year old.
And right before his heavy eyelids close, Ty will do what he does every evening. He’ll pull up his shirt and grab my hand to “scratch his back” and sing “Jesus Loves Me.” Maybe “Deep and Wide” too. It is his birthday after all. Right before his breathing gets heavy and his body calms, I’ll pray over
our second son.
our Ty Christian. I’ll pray these words straight from Galations 5:22-23:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Sleep well, Ty. And Happy Birthday.