Monday, April 1, 2019

Letter to My Birthday Baby: 5 Years Old



My sweet, precious Rushton Jeb Walter Rollins, 

How are you already FIVE?! I feel like you should still be my little squishy baby with the wrinkly forehead and chubby cheeks. I still remember the way your soft, fuzzy hair felt and how you would look up at me as you nursed. I remember how you smelled and the way you would snuggle up close under my chin. I have enjoyed, savored, cherished, and loved every single thing about the past five years of having you as my baby. You are everything that I {literally} dreamed of, and I'm so thankful that God knew that I needed you. 
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You're extremely social and you light up a room! Just like your daddy, you're very friendly and likable...and you make an impression with everyone you meet! Your brother and sister ADORE you, and we all treat you like the true baby of the family. You still sleep in mommy and daddy's bed...right in the middle of us...and I'm not going to lie, I have absolutely loved having you next to me every night as my snuggle buddy. You sleep right under my arm, just like when you were a tiny baby. And even though your daddy thinks it's super weird, you still hold my "booby" to go to sleep every night. You nursed until you were three, so you're used to snuggling up close to me and falling asleep. You told me a couple of days ago that you were going to still be my baby until you were "twenty." And that's just fine with me! 
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You started a two day a week preschool program this year called "Under the Son," and you absolutely love it! You're so smart, and can already: count to 100, count backwards, read over ten sight words, write your name, add and subtract...and your vocabulary is AMAZING for your age. We all can't believe some of the words you know and use in context. You show a special interest in numbers, counting, and adding - which is a trait that you come by naturally from your Papa Kelbo! And, you're left-handed like your mama...which, of course, I LOVE!
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You're all boy...just like all of the Rollins boys. You're rough and tough, and LOVE to tackle and wrestle. We tried wrestling this year, but there wasn't really anyone your same size, so daddy says that we're going to try again next year. You're super tough, and rarely cry when you get hurt. You love playing outside, getting dirty, exploring, fishing, and riding your bike. You've been riding your bike without training wheels since a couple of days before you turned three, and it amazes all of us at how well you can ride it! Papa Kelbo bought you a little Cannondale this year, and you love riding it around the neighborhood. You say that it has "off road tires" and that you can ride it anywhere. Daddy wants to make you some bike trails through the woods behind our house, so you can ride back there. You also got a new Yamaha dirt bike (and all the gear!) a few months ago and you love riding that at Nana and Papa's house. You immediately knew how to ride it, and took off like a pro! 
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You're definitely the life of the party at our house and you are always entertaining us all! You're gotten a little "too big for your britches" attitude the past couple of months, but hopefully that's just a little phase that you're going through. We love hearing your songs, dances, and listening to your band, "No Diggity." Your laugh is so funny and contagious, and we all love our "baby Rushy Poo!"
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Music is probably your very favorite thing, and you love to sing...especially rap! You make up your own rap songs and they are actually pretty good! You know the words to most songs that come on the radio, and you love all genres of music from Christian, to country, to R & B. I definitely think that music is going to be your thing. You asked for a drug set and an electric "bitar" for Christmas, and you recently asked me to start teaching you to play the piano. I'm going to officially start you in lessons next year like your brother and sister. 
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And although you don't seem to be as intense or competitive as your older brother, you're definitely athletic and love sports like he does. You rocked at snow skiing this year, and came down the big mountain like a champ! You kept making YouTube videos and wanted to tell your "subscribers" to "smash that like button" if they liked your skiing skills! It was so cute and so funny!
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You love Jesus with all of your heart, and show a special interest for learning Bible stories and remembering all about the characters of the Bible. I love when you come home from school and tell me about the Bible story you learned about that day. You can remember so many details about the story, and you really soak up the lesson like a sponge. One time during our family Bible study you asked why you couldn't get baptized yet. You truly have a heart for the Lord, and I pray that you continue to seek Him and grow deeper in his Word. You pray after every single one of our family Bible studies without fail, and it's been very special to see how you have grown and matured in your prayer life at such a young age. When we took this picture at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, you said, "Take a picture of me here. But you know, that's not the real Jesus." 
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You played your first season of basketball this year, and you are quite the baller! Daddy was so proud of how well you could dribble for your age. You're about to start t-ball for the first time next month, and you're super excited! I can't wait to see what my little south paw can do on the baseball field! 
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Rush loves:
-watching YouTube (especially Ryan's Toy Review - "Ryan's Toys from you")
-late night snacking with mommy
-any kind of music
-playing instruments
-going to your "church class"
-singing
-super heroes; specifically Black Panther
-pickles from McAlisters
-cheeseburgers
-riding your dirt bike at Papa Kelbo's 
-doing our family Bible study and praying
-"cool clothes"
-"Bron" James
-orange sherbert 
-playing with your animals in the playroom
-"Scratcher" the real alligator head we got in Louisiana
-"Niner" the mountain lion stuffed animal from the Grand Canyon
-playing with Russell
-riding your bike
-Chick-Fil-A
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This is the verse I picked to pray over you for this year:

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16
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I've always heard people say, "There's just something about the baby," and man, I know just how true this statement really is. I love you so much, and you have definitely completed by world. You are the cherry on top of our family, and the missing piece to my heart. I love how we do "snuggy wuggy" and have a secret handshake. I love how you like to work out with me, and how you always with to sit by me. I love that you grab my face with your little hands when you're telling me something, and I love how you are constantly telling me that you love me. Just tonight while we were watching American Idol, you looked at me and said, "You're the best." But you know what Rushton Jeb? I think you're the best. And I thank God every day that I get to be your mommy. 
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You're so precious to me, sweet as can be, baby of mine.
Mommy

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Letter to My Birthday Boy: 10 Years Old

Reid Jackson,

Ten. Double digits. It’s been an entire decade since you can into this world...early, upside down, and with your legs up by your head. You’ve been high maintenance since the day you were born...kinda like your mama! It seems so long ago, yet at the same time it seems like yesterday. Loving you and raising you for the past ten years has been one of the best and most challenging things that I’ve ever done. You’re so much like me, that there are days that you give me a run for my money, but I love the intensity and spirit in your personality!
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You’re my little water boy...you love the beach, the lake, and any pond or river. You love to fish and be outdoors. You’re all boy and love to be rough and rowdy...your daddy loves this about you! You’re also an excellent student...super smart with straight As (even though you don’t like to read) and you show great leadership skills at school and during sports!
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You’re also our little sea food lover! You love sushi with crab and avocado, tuna, salmon, and lobster! You’re the best eater of all of my kids, and you’d choose broccoli or an apple over sweets or candy any day!
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You’re definitely your daddy’s boy, and the bond you two share is extremely special. Your daddy thinks you hung the moon and you think the same of him.
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I’m so proud to be your mama, and I can’t believe you’re growing up so fast. In terms of you living at home, we’ve now had you longer than the time we have left...and this makes me really sad. Although I get really teary thinking about you growing up, I love the young man you’re becoming and I’m excited to watch you grow! I know God has big plans for you, and I pray you continue to turn to Him for direction, comfort, and strength.
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And no matter how big you get, remember...you’ll always be my first baby. 

The verse that I’m praying over you for the year is your life verse. We bought a big print of it and hung it above your bed this year.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid of discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9

All of my love,
Mom

Monday, September 24, 2018

Rush’s words.

“You are the goodest mommy in the whole Earth.”

Rushton Jeb - 4 years old.