Nathan, my second boy, my middle child, turns ten today.


Ten. Double digits. Still a boy, but veering toward being a man. His legs get longer every day and he is now only a few inches shorter than I am.

Tall dude

(I’m 5’7″. Our Doctor thinks he’ll be about 6’4″ when he finally stops growing.)

He is my Nathan, my Nate Diggity, my Heen, my Green-Eyed Monster.

He loves soccer and basketball, street hockey and running. He loves his new scooter that he got from his aunties, and he loves taking jumps on the ski hill. He is our Sporto, and has not found a sport than he did not love and could not conquer.

He has a smile that lights up his face, the room, and the house three doors over. Hugs are his love language and he needs at least fifty a day. If you ask him for a hug, that smile explodes and he will wrap his arms (and legs) around you. He may take a few minutes to let go.

He has the softest, sweetest heart. The school secretary told me last year that when little kids get hurt on the playground, Nathan is the one who brings them in to the office to get checked out. He may struggle with his own anxieties, but he will reach out to the new kid and ask them if they want to join a soccer game, or sit next to him at school.

He always asks what he can do to help. How can I help, Mom? Get eggs? Sure! Wash them and package them, sure! Set the table and fill water glasses? Sure!

Nathan, can I have a hug?


This kid, this double-digit-almost-preteen is one of the biggest blessings in my life. He is not perfect, but I appreciate a good fart joke like the rest of the world. He doesn’t throw attitude, he hugs me so many times a day, and he tells me he loves me all day long. He also throws in that I’m the “Best Mom Ever” and “I’m so happy that you’re my Mom.” The thing is, he means it. I’m tempted to believe him.

I don’t know why I was chosen to be the Mom of my sweet Nathan, but I thank God every day for trusting me with raising this sweet boy.

A birthday post would not be complete without sharing some of my favorite photos of Nathan from the past ten years.




Green eyes






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  1. Feisty Harriet August 25, 2014 11:59 am edit

    Oh my goodness, what a charming smile he has (always! had). Happy Birthday Nathan!


  2. Dad August 25, 2014 12:24 pm edit

    Happy Birthday Nathan!

    I hope you have a fantastic day. I can’t believe you are 10 already. I am blessed to call you my son. Love you!

  3. Amanda August 25, 2014 2:24 pm edit

    Happy Birthday, Nathan!! He is such a special kid. Love his smile and his sweet, helpful nature. :)

  4. Hannah August 25, 2014 3:57 pm edit

    Happy birthday, Nathan!

  5. Danica August 28, 2014 10:51 am edit

    Oh my goodness, he’s a cutie. Happy birthday Nathan!

  6. Steph August 29, 2014 7:31 am edit

    Nathan! I can see God’s joy shining through you! Ten is a great year; you are going to ROCK IT!

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