My youngest boy is turning five tomorrow. My baby boy. This is the boy who has carved lightning bolts into my mini-van, poured honey on my carpet, spread Hershey's syrup on my dog--and utterly, completely nestled himself into the deepest part of my heart. His tendency toward mischief is overshadowed entirely by his tender heart for the people around him. He loves his family with complete abandon, and his teacher brags on how kind he is to his fellow students, especially those that need extra encouragement. He cannot walk past his little sister without kissing her on the forehead, and our dog, confident in receiving Joseph's generous affection, follows him around all day long.
Each of my children has brought something unique to this family, filling a spot that no one else could fill. Joseph is the child who has, in five short years, taught me so much about the nature of love--its unselfishness and its simplicity. So happy birthday, sweet boy...we all love a little better all because of you.
On an entirely different note, remember that tomorrow is the second edition of Works-For-Me Wednesday. Be preparing your handy ideas to share with us all! I'll link to anyone who participates, if you'll let me know.