And then he turned six.
I swear I only blinked, just for a second. I swear in one moment he was a baby, and the next we celebrated his sixth birthday. I don’t remember all of the years between. I know they happened, but its all a blur to me. How did this happen? And without my permission too?
He had a great birthday! He couldn’t rationalize why we couldn’t do Chuck E. Cheese twice for his birthday, or that he had to wait two days for his party, but he lived and his party was without injury or tears. And if determining the success of his party is drinking a beer after all is said and done, then yes, we were victorious!
Hudson has matured so much this year! A lot of the maturity happening within the past few months. Daily, I’m reminded how fast this time goes. Every day I’m awed at who Hudson is turning into… I love his strong sense of right and wrong (I wouldn’t not be surprised if this turns into a law enforcement career someday), his spiritual insights, his protectiveness, his strong show of affection, and his desire to give 100% to everything.
- Hudson has become quite concerned with the salvation of everyone he loves. He even asked my dad if he knew and trusted Jesus before Dad’s surgery a few weeks ago. But the kicker was when he told Reagan that “Mommy’s going to die someday”. I about spit out my drink, but was touched when he asked Rea if she wanted to trust Jesus so she could go to heaven with us. Hudson even insisted on praying the redemption prayer together. I think Reagan might still be too young to grasp the gospel, but I love Hudson’s heart in making sure his sister is saved.
- When we had communion several weeks ago, he started asking some in-depth questions about it. I was surprised to see his interest piqued before Devyn’s, but we had several conversations about the Lord’s Supper and a few weeks ago, he participated in his first communion. I may have teared up at the seriousness in which he approached the table.
- He’s announced that when he grows up, he will be moving to a neighborhood near Jon’s job. Next to a field of groundhogs, because he loves groundhogs. And when he’s a dad, HIS kids will be allowed to have tvs in their rooms AND play video games. Its always said with a touch of defiance and a “I’m a deprived and abused child because I can’t have these things” attitude. Clearly, we don’t care about his well-being.
- Hudson is trying so hard in school. SO HARD. And both the teacher and I can tell that his hard work is paying off. I feel like he finally is understanding and recognizing letters. In fact, whenever he asks me to spell out a word for him, I only need to say the letter’s sound and he can figure it out all by himself. He is quite proud whenever he writes a note all by himself. His Valentine’s Day cards were especially meaningful this year!
- The relationship between Hudson and Ashlynn grows stronger each day. It is obvious to Jon and I that those two have a special relationship, as he never teases her or antagonizes her, as he will the other two sisters. But instead he is very protective and loving with Ashlynn. And the feeling is mutual. I’m fairly certain that Ashlynn believes her big brother walks on water.
- When I refused to let Hudson play on my phone for the umpteenth time that day, he looked at me solemnly and said, “But Mama, the Bible says we need to share.” Oy vey.
Hudson Jonathan, I cannot believe that we’re already here, your 6th birthday. It seems like just yesterday you jumped into the bathtub in brand-new, still tagged pants and shoes. Six years, gone in a flash. You are a joy to me, my son. Your enthusiasm for playing, for sports, for fairness, for Jesus… its catching. And makes my mama heart proud. I know God has big plans for your life, Hudson, and I’m excited to see what’s in store. But for now, this moment, this year, I pray that your love of life continues to grow big and strong. Happy birthday, Little Man! 6 years old is just the beginning…