Wednesday, February 20, 2013


My oldest child will be 10 tomorrow.  Ten!  Double digits.  I can't believe it!

Recently when my husband was talking to him about his allowance increasing when he turned 10, our math-minded son said he planned to give 50% of his allowance to church, 25% to World Vision, and use the remaining 25% for gifts for his brother and sisters.

Later my husband said to me, "I think he should use some of his allowance money on himself, but how can I tell him to give less away?"

His allowance allocation well sums up who he is.  Generous, thoughtful, wise and pretty mature for his age.  He was such a strong-willed toddler and young child, there were really times my husband and I worried if we'd ever be able to mold him into a good person.  But, I have to say, the past year (really 2 years) has been delightful!  This man child has emerged and he is truly an amazing person that I am so blessed to get to be around every day.  I'm a little afraid to let nine go, it has been so great, but I know God has huge plans for this boy and greater things are yet to come!

Happy birthday sweet firstborn son, it is such a privilege to be your mom!

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  1. That is so awesome :) Happy birthday! Dave Ramsey had a "piggybank" that teaches kids how to give, save, etc.... It helps teach kids "real life" spending, giving and saving. Have a wonderful day!

  2. I have found in my experience those super strong willed ones get so much "extra" training when they are little that they are on the right path as they mature and those strong willed characteristics that drive a parent crazy when they are two~persistant, driven, focused, determined, passionate, and creative are wonderful when they are tweens and teens and couple maturity with those gifts.
    Keep up the God work.

  3. happy birthday my post featured my beautiful niece who turned 5 as well
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