I enjoy writing birthday blogs and sharing what each year of life with our littles has looked like. I am excited to one day look back on the highlights of these years and reminisce on memories when our kids are grown. This year, a great change in our home has been the addition of you and your brother moving in, and with that of course comes a birthday blog to tell you all about my favourite moments from your sixteenth year…
It’s hard to believe you are seventeen already, I guess it’s true, time really does fly when you’re having fun! When I go back in my memory bank and reminisce on moments from the time you were born, it fills me with such joy. I am grateful to God for creating you just the way you are. There wasn’t one mistake He made when God thought you up. Like a delightful recipe, God perfected you before He served you to the rest of the world for us to enjoy. He gave you courage, brains, and an ability to love in such a loyal and passionate way. He gave you extra scoops of joy with a natural knack of making people smile. He gave you the gift of thoughtfulness, of going out of your way to make people feel good about themselves. He sprinkled you with responsibility, compassion, respectfulness, and like a cherry on top, He made sure to add in a generous helping of optimism to your spirit. What a masterpiece He created (and no, i’m not talking about your abs).
Speaking of memories, your first birthday was by far one of my favourite days I’ve spent with you. It was so precious. Amanda and I had plenty of people we could have invited to share in your special day, yet we didn’t. The four of us tackled that year together, leaning in and loving on one another in a way that cant even be explained so it only seemed fitting to celebrate the day with just the four of us. We served you the most delicious cupcakes you’ve ever tasted only because they were made almost entirely of icing to cover up how burnt they were. We waited till the clock counted down to the exact minute you were born and serenaded you with the sweetest off-tune rendition of Happy Birthday we could muster. The two of you sat there on the living room floor enthralled with the flickering flames of your birthday candles. When Mandy went to serve you your cupcake you were fairly cautious, you backed up, assessed the situation, then quickly reached your hand out to touch the flame, yet stopped at the very last second. Even now, when you see something you think may be dangerous, when you’re faced with temptation, or trouble is on the horizon, I can see you mentally back up and think about it for a moment. You often think quickly and rush towards the fire (which usually makes me panic) yet you stop yourself right before you touch the flame. I am thankful for your wisdom to assess danger and step back when you may get burnt. I pray this is a characteristic of wisdom which will follow you in all your days.
You always have and most likely always will be a guy who loves to stay busy. The more you’re doing, the merrier you are. Since living with us you have been in Volleyball, basketball, and indoor soccer. You were a lead role in the Kindersley Christmas production, you sang beautifully at the Christmas Eve service and recently you joined our churches worship team. In between all of these activities you have had a job as a server at the local restaurant. Every single activity you do, you excel in and work hard at. I constantly hear what a wonderful and polite server you are (never mind always handsome in your spiffy duds). You are a good team player, you are (usually) respectful on the field or the court, and you are a person who your teammates enjoy being around. Somehow the endless hours driving you to and from events, all seems worth it when I have the opportunity to sit back and watch you shine in your passions. You once told me when you are on the field, it is the only time your mind is clear and you don’t think about any problems you could be facing. I wish I had an outlet like this when I was your age and I am proud you are seeking these things out rather than walking away from them.
Yet again, it comes as no surprise how much you enjoy performing. You have had the ability to own a room from before you could even walk! When Uncle Quinn and I watched you in the Christmas production, I got goosebumps seeing you perform so confidently. Once again, I was brought back to your baby days of prancing into a room and getting all eyes on you with just a flash of your cheesy grin or a shake of your little booty. I remember when you were about a year and a half Auntie Tiffany taught you this silly dance. She would sing “wonka, wonka, wonka, wonka” and you would stick your hands in front of you dancing forward in a half robot, half magic hands motion. Then she would sing it backwards “aknaw, aknaw, aknaw, aknaw” and you would do the same dance backwards. Your big eyes, chubby cheeks, and ability to never miss a beat even in a made up song would have people on the floor in laughter. You loved dancing. When we moved in with my parents your favorite bedtime routine was after bathtime, turning on my stereo as loud as I would allow and then jumping/dancing on my bed in the nude until you were dry. Every night ended with a dance party on my bed and i’m pretty sure if I was up for it, you would end the night off the same way still.
You take so much pride in how you present yourself. You work at the local restaurant here and you always look so sharp every time you head for work. You enjoy getting dressed up in your suits, normally you head out with a fancy bow tie on and I constantly get comments and compliments on how handsome and well dressed you are. These habits continue on in our home as well. You take pride in having a clean room and will sometimes spend hours organizing your clothes from dress clothes, down to lounge clothes. Your favorite items are displayed neatly on all your shelves and you know when anything is out of place. I so appreciate your ability to be authentic with who you are, and I see this in the way your showcase yourself and your life. One of your favourite quotes is “Be careful who you pretend to be. You might forget who you are” and I am beyond proud that you never seem to lose sight of who you are, regardless of who is around.
You have somehow managed to get not one but two sets of stitches since living with us (in nearly the same place)! The first set was after a water slide incident between you and your brother at a hotel during one of our visits to Rocky. This last time was during a basketball game when you got pushed during a jump. You hit the wall and as luck would have it, your eye hit the one tiny hook used for the badminton nets. We headed into Kindersley for stitches and it happened to be one of my favorite nights with you. I love our one on one time, we sat there for hours just chatting, holding hands the whole time. I love your affection. I love how confidently you express your love for others. I love that no matter how old you get, you are never too old (or too cool) to show your affection or soak in receiving it.
You are also affectionate with Halen and Nicco in this way. You are an incredible Uncle! You are so gracious when Halen comes barging into your room demanding your attention. Instead of barking at him, you put him up on your keyboard and let him play his heart out. When Nicco sees you, he often wants a big hug or a long winded cuddle. Our guys love you so much and I am thankful you are such a good Uncle to them.
You also have an incredible ability to make people laugh. One of my favourite Conner quotes the last few months was from when you and I were out and a young ladies hockey team walked by us. I assuming their high IQs and big hearts caught your attention because you said to me: “you know, if any of those girls knew I could sing, was athletic, AND had abs, at least one of them would have asked for my Snapchat”
Me: bahahaha okay there triple threat
You: yeah and just wait till I tell them I’m adopted AND a twin, then I’m in for sure!
Oh my goodness Conner you make me laugh!
Conner, as you enter into your seventeenth year, my prayer for you is you know how much you are loved. You are someone who is there for people when it counts, you seek justice for those who are treated unfairly, you are so smart you barely need to try. You ooze beautiful qualities and I am beyond proud of who you are. Happy Birthday Conner, make this a year to remember!