Sunday, October 25, 2009

9
Tomorrow is Little Bug's birthday! This kid of mine has sent me on the biggest emotional roller coaster over the last 9 years. For example... right now, he's supposed to be asleep. But I just caught him down the hall putting all of Baby Girl's Littlest Pets into the washing machine. Frustrating that he's not in bed? Yes. Maddening that he's made a big mess? You betcha. Funny to see the crazy way he's got all the toys arranged? Yup. It's a mixed bag with this kid. His troubles make my heart ache. But his accomplishments give me joy like I've never known.
Another example... the children's organization in our church is called the Primary. Every year they put on a program for the adults. There is usually a lot of great music and a small speaking part for each child. Last year we tried to get Little Bug to say a few lines.
He screamed.
I cried.
This year I got him to say the lines.
He grinned and giggled.
I cried :)
And so, to celebrate this glorious boy of mine, I thought I'd share a few pictures with you... enjoy!

This photo was taken this summer in Utah. I have lots of pictures like this where he is squinting, closing his eyes, deliberately looking away from the camera or glaring at me. He's a pretty typical boy in the fact that he does NOT like having his picture taken...
This was the first day of school... see... here we have the glare...
This was a trip we took to pick raspberries. He wasn't a fan of the small prickles on the bushes... but he had fun wandering around. Again, he wouldn't look at the camera...
Little stinker! He's pretty darn pleased with himself in this shot...
Ah... here we go! This is the smile that melts my heart!
Happy Birthday my Little Bug! You are such an amazing kid! You've grown so much this last year... I can't wait to see what the new year holds in store for you!

13 comments:

Holly said...

Happy Birthday Little Bug!

Attic Gal Alysa said...

Little Bug was my favorite part of the Primary program. TEARS!!! It was so great to hear his voice. I can't wait to see what this next year has in store for him. You are wonderfully, patient and loving mom (and same for your husband). Thanks for teaching those children in Valiant 10. We appreciate you!

Yvonne said...

Oh,, melissa, this just touched my heart and you know why. Those moments are always so exciting.

Happy Birthday to your sweet Little Bug--may it be a wonderful year for all of you.

Kristina P. said...

He's adorable! Happy early birthday, Little man!

Anonymous said...

Melissa...that smile, those words. Precious they are! Please give that young man a birthday hug from the Middleton family. We think of you often. I cannot believe it is time for another birthday! -Cindy

Kimberly said...

Hope it's a fabulous day for him!

flip flop mama said...

Happy birthday!!

Shannan said...

Happy Birthday, Little Bug! He has such a spirit about him. I loved hearing his voice, too. Hope you all had a great day! ;)

diana said...

happy birthday little bug. hope his birthday is as special as he is. he does have a smile that can melt your heart.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!! love and hugs always :o)

Nancy Face said...

Happy Birthday to Little Bug!

It makes me so happy that he said his lines in the Primary program! :)

i said...

What a precious little face he has!!! ;)

camfox said...

He said his lines! What joy Melissa!