So this is the post that made me miss my blog the most…not being able to record our children turning another year older, jotting down a few thoughts about how special that particular child is to our family and gathering some of the best photos from the day. As I looked through previous posts, it hit me just how much of our family life is chronicled in these pages and how much I treasure having our history all in one place. One of these days I’m sure I get around to actually publishing the contents in book form, but for now I’m happy to have a place record it all. And I think my friend Tara is right…one day my children will love being able to look back and enjoy reading of their childhood adventures and all the ups and downs of our life together as a family who longs to love Jesus most of all. So thank you to all of those who encouraged me to keep on…I’m grateful!
Okay…back to Madden! I cannot (really cannot!) believe my sweet baby is now officially a toddler! Somehow his infancy disappeared faster than I cared for and my little man is quickly turning into such a big boy. Right around 22 months, his vocabulary took off and he talks from the minute he wakes up until the minute his head hits the pillow at night. One thing we are particularly fond of is his habit of doubling and tripling every word…”dog-dog,” “Kai-Kai-Kai,” “milk-milk,” “hot-hot,” “cold-cold,” “hug-hug,” and “Kate-Kate-Kate” are some of my favorites! I think 12 months to 36 months is my favorite stage of early childhood…they are just so stinkin’ cute at this age and Madden is no exception. He wins over hearts all the time when he gives a teasing look with his big blue eyes or becomes silly just to make others laugh. I cherish this little boy so much and the God who decided to bless my life with Him, even when I thought the timing couldn’t have been worse. Madden is a constant reminder that my God always knows what’s best for me and what will result in the greatest glory for Himself and I love that such a reminder came in the form of a blonde-haired, blue-eyed cutie.
Here’s a few shots of his birthday…to make his day more special, we took a trip to the Atlanta Zoo with my mom and Dad (Nana and Poppa). That evening we had cake and opened presents and by the end of the night, I think Madden had endured all the excitement he could handle!