Will is TWELVE years old today!
And yes, that would be a cell phone he's holding. That was his big gift from us. He was thrilled. We let him open his gifts last night. Poor thing leaves for school at 7am and the girls are usually still in bed. I decided it would be torture to make him wait until this evening when John got home from work.
The celebrating actually began last weekend with a guys getaway.
He has requested roast beef and mashed potatoes for dinner tonight with four-layer delight for dessert.
This weekend, he'll get together with his best little buds for some "guy" stuff and by then I think we will have successfully celebrated Will.
One gift that John hasn't given him yet (after dinner tonight) is a collection of letters from many of men in Will's life--family, friends of ours, our pastor, ministry leaders, etc. They each wrote some thoughts for Will on entering manhood--what that means to them and what that might hold for him. I read them last night and cried.
I'm so thankful today for my son and for his life. I love him more than words can express, and I'm also thankful for the presence of strong men in his life that will accompany him on his journey into manhood. I'm especially thankful for John. Watching those two interact together is one of the greatest joys in my life.
Happy Birthday, Will!