Sunday, January 2, 2011
Michael is my first born son who was a millenium baby....born in the year 2000. He made his entrance into this world on Thursday, April 6, 2000 at 5:54pm sreaming at the top of his lungs and he hasn't quit talking since! Seriously, his constant chatter can make a person slap CrAzY!!! And while his chatter can get under my skin sometimes, if I am honest, it is one of the things that I love most about him. He has quick wit just like his Aunt Beth and can recite almost every movie he has ever seen. Most of the time he has us rolling on the floor laughing and other times he has me running for the bottle of Advil. Nevertheless, I love Michael Reed with all of my heart and I am so thankful to be his Mommy! Since Michael was born in 2000 and we just closed the chapter on the year 2010 I thought I would list for you the Top 10 Things I Love Most About Michael. Some of them are funny and some of them will warm your heart. All of them put together make my amazing son Michael.
#10 LEGO Masterbuilder
The kid can create the most amazing things you have EVER seen out of Legos and believe me when I say we have at least a million Legos in our bonus room. His creative mind is always working overtime! I love seeing all the things that he creates.
#9 He is a Rule Follower
If you give Michael a rule by golly he is going to follow it! He follows the rules to a fault!! For instance he gets so upset when I go through the exit door at Walmart instead of the entrance door. The rules are on the door and he expects everyone (me included) to follow them! While it can be annoying sometimes I know that I will appreciate that about him even more in the years to come. Especially when he starts driving!!
#8 He Dreams BIG
Michael told me this morning on the way home from church that he dreams that one day doctors will make a potion to get rid of autism. That's a tall order to me but to Michael it seems realistic. Sometimes his dreams of what he wants to do or what he wants to be when he grows up are just outrageous! But I want him to know that the sky is the limit. He can do amazing things if he sets his mind to it. So I say...dream BIG!
#7 He is Honest
Michael is like George Washington and his Mommy...he cannot tell a lie. He is honest even when he KNOWS he is going to get in trouble. For instance, we had some friends over for New Year's Eve and Michael was playing around with one of the kids and he accidently pushed her. I told him to tell her that he was sorry even though it was an accident. Well he wasn't too happy about that...he said that I was embrassing him in front of everyone. He eventually apologized and we moved on. Well about 10 minutes later he came up to me looking like he was physically ill and he said "Mommy I have to tell you something. When you got on to me I got angry and when you weren't looking I rolled my eyes at you." DUMB!!! Somebody needs to tell him that you aren't suppose to be honest about that kind of thing! However, I smile on the inside every single time he is honest with me about things he has done, said or thought even when no one else knows about it. I hope he stays that way.
Michael is OCD which I can admit he gets from me. And while it drives me NUTS to hear him say "Tuck me in when you're ready, wake me up at 6:30 and is it going to rain" no less than 5 times EACH night - I am not sure what I would do without it. It has become the bedtime routine. It's like I can't go to bed without hearing him say all of that even though I am rolling my eyes wishing he would stop talking!! I guess it takes an OCD person to understand one and I guess that is why I secretly love this about him.
I talked before about Michael's quick wit and it really is true...the kid is hilarious!! For those of you who know me you know I am not lying about this one! I ALWAYS have funny Michael stories. And as an example I will give you one of his stories which I like to call "Michaelisms."
This morning before church Eric and I were talking with Michael about the fact that Christmas break was over and reality hits tomorrow when they go back to school and Eric goes back to work. Michael was complaing about the fact that I couldn't wait until they went back to school. I tried to explain to them that I get alot more done around the house with them at school and Eric at work. Not to mention I can keep the house cleaner when it is just me and Luke. Michael thought about that for a second and he said "I look at this situation like BEES. The queen stays home while the workers bees go off to work and school!"
#4 His Desire to be Used of God
Lately, Michael keeps asking me "Mommy, do you think God has a special plan for my life?" Last week it changed from a question to a statement "Mommy, I KNOW God has a special plan for my life!" Michael wants to serve God and he wants to be used. He has a servant's heart and is an empty vessel waiting to be used by God. I pray that his desire will always be towards God and what He has for Michael's life!
#3 His Love & Patience with Austin
Our middle child, Austin, has autism. Michael loves Austin with all of his heart. The diagnosis process was some of the darkest days of my life. Days that Michael was too young to remember or understand. But he understands now. He knows his brother has special needs. He knows that he needs extra care. He knows that he needs to have more patience with him. He knows that he needs us to protect him. He knows that because of Austin's disability more is required from him...in the chores, at the grocery store, at school, at church, everywhere...all the time. He knows all of this and he loves him even more.
#2 His Love for His Family
Michael has such a great love for his family. I know without a doubt that Michael would do anything for his family. One time he came to me and told me that he loved Austin so much that he would die for him. My heart just melted! That is not something that you hear very often from a 10 year old boy. I pray that the love he has for his family (especially his brothers) will only grow stronger over the coming years!
#1 His Sensitive Heart
Michael has always had a sensitive heart towards others...especially his brother Austin. He is always the first one to think of someone else's feelings and is always protective of those less fortunate than him. What amazes me the most is his sensitive heart towards God. At a very young age Michael was very sensitive to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. It is something that I think is very rare in children these days and I pray that his heart remains sensitive and always able to hear what God has to say to him.
Thank you Lord for allowing me to be Michael's Mommy!