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Sunday, March 1, 2009

My JOY turns 7 ....



How does a mother truly describe into words the amazing person her child is ... It was easy to come up with a symbol for Elijah because he makes everyday a surprise for me ... He brings us all JOY and when people meet him they instantly fall in LOVE with him because God has gifted him with the ability to make JOY out of even the simplest things ... Hand him a piece of gum and his face lights up, ask him to ride in the car with you somewhere and it's as if you just invited him to Disneyland, or hand him a $1 toy and you have just made his day ... He always reminds me to stop and smell the roses that our FATHER created ... He puts a smile on my face each and every day !!! My heart is filled with his contagious energy and I am so proud and honored to be his mother ...

Now along with all that joy comes the RED HEADED emotions, which some days get the best of him, but I know that is just because he loves so hard, gives so much, his feelings are hurts easier, and all his emotions are just heightened ... It is a GIFT and I know in the future it will serve him well ... He has a true gift to LOVE on the spot with no questions ask and I love that about him ... To be honest Elijah has probably helped Maggie in her adjustment more than anyone since she came home a year ago ... She didn't like him at all and I am not exaggerating ... She wouldn't look at him, wouldn't talk to him, hit him if he came near, and scratched at him all the time, but he never once gave up trying to love her !!! Everyday he would try and kiss her good bye before going to school and would run to her in the afternoon when he got home ... He helped her to learn that no matter how many times you turn me away I am your brother and I love you !!!!

Elijah, your dad and I could not be more proud of you ... You are one amazing son and you bring us more JOY than we deserve !!!!

Love You Elijah !!!

30 kind words.:

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Happy 7th Birthday Elijah..
You are such a JOY to me..
I don't know you in person but feel I know you in my heart..
You are amazing.
Can't wait to meet you one day..
Hugs..
Kim

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

Happy Birthday Elijah!

Our family wishes all God's blessings for you this year!

Love,
Jill

andrea said...

oh gwen!!
jeremiah sounds amazing!
you and scott are doing a great job with him!!
my husband is a red head too:):)
and you are so right about the potential he has!
hey do you have any strong willed children..Lord help you if you do:) My emma is a blessing but wow that girl can battle with the best of them!!
love ya gwen, and I'm so glad I found your blog through carlee:)
happy birthday jermiah!

Leigh Ann said...

Happy Birthday Elijah - hope you got your card - We love you and we are very proud of you!
Uncle Paul and Aunt Leigh Ann and your cousins; Tori, Rayna, Mackenzie and Dailen.

Kim K. said...

Happy Birthday, Elijah! It sounds like you are an amazing big brother. I hope your special day is filled with all kinds of wonderful things.

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday, Elijah! It snowed just in your honor! :)

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday, Elijah! It snowed just in your honor! :)

Jewels of My Heart said...

Ok, your words touched my heart... what a blessing your Elijah is! I know all about the PASSION of a redhead... hehee Yes, we definately feel things with our whole heart...
As I read about what a precious big brother he is to his little Maggie... tears pooled in my eyes. Wisdom beyond years... love unwaivering. What a special relationship, bond they will forever share. Elijah, I am so glad that Jesus chose you to be Maggie's big brother. OH, how she needs you.
Happy birthday big guy!

amy said...

I hope he had a wonderful day!!!!

Laura said...

Happy Birthday Elijah!!! You've got to love those red heads!!! I loved your story about Elijah and Maggie. What an example!

Kim said...

Happy Birthday Elijah! All I can think as I read your Mother's touching words is ".. for the joy of the Lord is your strength."

Kelly said...

HaPpY hApPy BiRtHdAy ElIjAh :o)

redmaryjanes said...

Happy Birthday Elijah!!

carlee Brian said...

Love you Elijah and can't believe you are 7! You are growing up too fast.. love you buddy!

Kristi said...

Happy Birthday Elijah!

Brenda said...

What a sweet boy :) Happy Birthday!!!

holly m. said...

Happy 7th Birthday, Elijah!!

How wonderful that he was a little man that is excepting of Maggie even when she wasn't ready to feel the Love Elijah had to give! We can all use friends like him! :)

holly m. said...

Happy 7th Birthday, Elijah!!

How wonderful that he was a little man that is excepting of Maggie even when she wasn't ready to feel the Love Elijah had to give! We can all use friends like him! :)

Anita said...

Happy Birthday Elijah!! What a sweetheart of a brother you are to your family and especially dear Maggie!

Kathi said...

Happy Birthday, Elijah (all the way from California)

Susan said...

How did he get so old? I remember him running down the hall to the 2 yr old class in preschool!

Continuing to pray for you.....thanks for taking the time to update your blog about Maggie. Let me know when your chocolate supply gets low! :)

Adrienne said...

Happy Birthday, Elijah! Thank you for being such a JOY to your mommy and family!

He sounds so much like Owen, so joyful and happy with the little things but also so tender with his emotional side--maybe Owen should have had red hair too ;o)

I continue to pray for you all and little Maggie. Thank you for sharing the photos of her and letting us know how she's doing. :)

Adrienne

Kristi J said...

Happy Birthday Elijah...You and Helen are nearly the exact same age...I love that red head of yours :) kristi

April said...

Happy Birthday Elijah, such a sweet boy I can tell, and I hope you had the best birthday!!

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday, Elijah!! What a sweet post about your special little guy.

Diane said...

Happy Birthday, Elijah....wonder where he gets some of that red headed spunk from....Gwen? :)

Hug the team from all of us...

Pam said...

HE IS A SWEET BOY. I LIKE THE FOOTBALL PICTURE. HE LOOKS LIKE HE IS CONCENTRATING SO HARD ON THE GAME.

Kristin said...

What a very sweet post about a great boy!! Happy Birthday Elijah!

Kristy said...

Happy Birthday you little handsome devil!!!!

Love, Kristy

Diana said...

What a beautiful post for a special little boy!!!
Hope he had a GREAT Birthday:)