Things We Sometimes Forget to Say…

Colson 11Yesterday our Colson turned 11.
And for some reason that seems a lot older to me than 10 did.

Each year I try to write a birthday post for each kiddo because I don’t scrapbook much (I “do” the box-in-a-closet-method).
And these posts have become a way of recording memories.

Also because…
Sometimes it’s important to actually say those things we think…but forget to put into words.

Colson art2

Dear Colson,

Dad and I are so thankful for you…
For how much fun and creativity and joy you add to our lives.
I was thinking about how many times this year God has shown me that He is working in your life and heart.

Even just the way you came and told me when you accidentally saw your birthday present ahead of time.
And the way you still were so excited when you opened the stop motion armature and eyeballs.

claymation eyes

I’m thankful for all of your help with Lydia and for the special relationship you have with her.
You are honestly more patient with her than I am.
And I can’t even count the number of mornings we would’ve been late to school if you hadn’t helped get her ready.

colson lydia

I love the friendship you have with your sisters and brother.
And how close you all are.


I love your stop motion videos and that you will spend hours accumulating pictures for just minutes of movie footage.
That takes perseverance at 10 frames a second.
stop motionAnd even though your desk is messy…
I love the creativity that lives there with your Legos and glue and paint brushes and globs of clay and nerf gun weapons and are you really reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond?
I even love that– how you often surprise me with the books you’ve read that I didn’t even know about.

Colson desk

Dad and I love your artwork.
Even when it results in expensive-carpet-cleaning-services-due-to-3-year-old-oil-painting-disasters.
We pray that you won’t ever stop creating and that you will use your gifts to honor God.

Colson tree Colson Cross Colson boat

We are thankful for your friends.
And we pray that you will be a good friend.
We love that you really do care about people…
That you notice (and are starting to reach out more and more) when you get a sense that someone is hurting or feeling left out.

We also love the silly-crazy-funny-side of you…
That you ask me to take photos like these:
(Cavan said I could put in the “no paparazzi” picture.

Colson zoo colson police papparazziWe are thankful you like building…
Even if it means drawers full of wire scraps and broken electronics.
Even if it means a pile of wood and building supplies for the tree-fort-roller-coaster-ride behind the fence.

wires tree fort
I love that you are usually ready for an adventure and that you push me to do things I normally wouldn’t try.

roller coaster

Dad and I both love spending time with you…
You ask good questions that make us think and Dad also really likes the excuse for dinner with you at Chang’s Mongolian Grill.
I know it meant a lot to him when you surprised him by learning one of his favorite songs on the piano.
And he really looks forward to Band of Brothers and taking hikes together and just being with you.
I feel the same way…
You are just fun to be with.

piano man

hike with dad
We both are thankful that you want to keep learning and growing…
We like watching your swim meets and seeing you work hard to improve your times.
I forgot to get this photo printed for your birthday, but we love that you want to go to things like a lecture on stop motion and how that opens up opportunities for you…

Colson paranorman

Our prayer for you Colson is that like Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress,
You will choose the right road, even if it’s not the easiest road.
That you will lean into God for courage and strength.
And that you will truly know God and experience His love and forgiveness and joy in your life.
I really like your map of the book, by the way…

“This hill, though high, I covet to ascend;
The difficulty will not me offend.
For I perceive the way to life lies here.
Come, pluck up, heart; let’s neither faint nor fear.
Better, though difficult, the right way to go,
Than wrong, though easy, where the end is woe.”
― John BunyanThe Pilgrim’s Progress

pilgrims progressAnd finally,
We just want you to know how very, very,very much we love you.
And that God does too.
He’s made you unique and special and created you, “orange hair” and all…

Art Camp

Whatever you do Colson, do it heartily for Him…

whatever you do

May God truly be your vision…
And ruler of all.

Happy Birthday Colson!!!
Love, Mom & Dad

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  1. Catherine Vaughn says:

    Sweet, sweet, sweet. Happy Birthday, Colson!

  2. kim dutt says:

    Oh so perfect! What an amazing glimpse into your son’s life. How beautiful your words are! Thank you for sharing with us. By the way, Colson is a really talented artist!

  3. I loved reading this. You are very blessed.

  4. What a sweet post on your son and I do love his red hair. I have a grandson with red hair and he has many of the same traits as your son has. Loved this one!
    Blessings to you all!

  5. You have a wonderful son there, Kara, and the rest of the kids too. They, in turn, have wonderful parents. God’s blessings all around!
    Happy (belated) Birthday to Colson,

  6. What a beautiful, beautiful letter. Tears sting my eyes as I reflect on the growth in my own kids. It goes by so fast! And documenting it the way you did here, such a gift for your son, the very best gift.

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