Because of that little fact part of me wanted to “ugly cry” in the corner. I mean, he has gone from this:
But another part of me made my heart melt into a little puddle as I pondered the amazing young man he is becoming.
I looked down the row at him at church. He had a smile stretched across his face while he was listening to some story someone was talking about. His dimples on the corners of his mouth were deep and the sparkle in his eye was bright and I had a moment.
I caught a glimpse of his spirit. Oh how I love that boy.
Max is smart. He somehow finagled a two-day birthday. I mean, his birthday was on a Sunday, and a fast Sunday at that so he somehow sweet-talked us into all his favorite things on Saturday, no jobs, etc. and some serious special treatment on Sunday.
But we were sure happy to pamper him since it seems like he hasn’t been home on his actual birthday in years. (Scout camps and sport camps always seem to be on June 3rd.)
On Saturday we had crepes for breakfast and Dave mowed the lawn for him and we went out to dinner:
Max’s birthday tradition is to do something with water and it wasn’t looking like it was going to happen so the girls tried to get him with water balloons.
So no one even got wet but he went ahead and still turned into a fifteen-year-old on Sunday.
The night before, girls set up a treasure hunt for him to find his gifts (that’s what happens when you have a bunch of sisters and their friends excited for your birthday).
They put the first clue at the kitchen table and led him all over the house to find his various gifts.
As per tradition, here are 15 reasons I adore this boy:
1) He is thankful. He thanks me like a bazillion times for everything I do for him.
2) He tries hard at things. He’s put his heart into volleyball and you can watch him improve by the minute.
7) I asked Claire what she loves most about him and she said he’ll always play with her. And it’s true, he’s always playing catch or bouncing her on the trampoline. He’s a fun brother.
8) He’s smart. He remembers things like no one I know.
9) He’s not afraid to try new and hard things. I can’t wait to post the pictures of him on the trek and tell about all the hard stuff he did there.
10) He is awesome at taking care of our yard. He’s to the point where he notices trees and bushes that need to be trimmed and he does it on his own without being asked.
11) I love his slow, humble smile when one of his friends mention which girls like him.
12) I love how his eyes sparkle.
13) I love how he reads his scriptures and tries to develop his spiritual side. He really tries to make the kind of decisions Heavenly Father would be proud of.
14) He loves the food I make him and is so thankful for it. (He can eat more than anyone I know.)
15) He is becoming awesome at seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
He loves his cousins.
Love you Max.