Saturday, June 04, 2011

Happy 3rd Birthday Jonas!


You are a wonderful little boy, Jonas Clayton Locke.

I can't believe that you are no longer a baby. No more chubby arms and legs, no more baby-talk ("nodoo" for "no thank you" is still my favorite), no going back at this point. Because this was the year that you became a boy, a real boy...

You learned so many things this year! You've developed quite the speaking skills (yesterday when I told you that today you would turn 3, you said "I'm going to feel so old umma!") and it's wonderful to have conversations with you. We talk about the activities of the day, you ask questions about all the things you observe, you tell us you love us (!). You've also learned and memorized things (thanks to Daddy), like the Lord's Prayer, bible verses, and now up to 35 questions and answers to the Children's Catechism. I'm not sure many 3 year-olds can answer the question "what is faith?" I'm amazed at how God has given you a mind that loves to soak up knowledge, and that you pick up on everything (it's a little scary too-- we definitely have to monitor what we watch and listen to around you now...)

The biggest change this year has probably been that you are now a big brother, an oppa. Can I just say that you are the sweetest 3 year-old big brother ever? Penny is so blessed to have an oppa who makes her laugh and smile, and is willing to share her parents' attention with her, and wants to protect her and keep her safe. I must admit that I was so nervous about going from a family of 3 to a family of 4 but God has graciously blessed this transition time and made it a sweet sweet time that I'll always remember so fondly.

Jonas, I know that Korean moms tend to be a bit crazy about their sons, and I'm learning more and more that my flesh is totally Korean in that way. But please know that we love you very much and as you grow and learn and change and develop into an even bigger boy, that our struggle will not be to love you (that's pretty easy because you're still pretty cute!), but to love and care for you as God has called us to. And that means keeping you safe, teaching you good things, guarding you from bad things, and helping you to learn hard lessons. And most importantly, loving you in humility and grace, so that in our imperfect parenting, God's grace will abound all the more.

So Jonas Clayton Locke, today is your day to play with your friends (old and young), eat lots of pancakes with lots of whipped cream, get lots of hugs and kisses, dance to new records, read new books, eat some birthday cake, and "feel so old."

We love you, our sweet magical hilarious boy.

(Past birthday posts...)

9 comments:

Camille said...

Oh Kathy, I'm verklempt! Thanks for sharing your insight.

cons55 said...

that was really sweet, kathy! made me tear up!
happy birthday to jonas!!!

C├ęcile said...

So lovely! Happy birthday Jonas! I miss you all. Love...

Karen said...

happy birthday to my FAVORITE locke nephew!

estherj said...

i'm crying...i love your blog, kathy! i'm a secret (not so secret anymore) follower! happy birthday, jonas!

Cynthia said...

I agree whole-heartedly with your description of Jonas. From a totally objective perspective, he is amazing! (can grandmothers be objective?). Jonas has been such an incredible blessing in our lives and it has been a thrill to watch you and Jeff as parents. We couldn't be more pleased or proud. We are grateful to you and most especially to the Lord for placing in your heart the desire to parent our grandchildren in the way that is most pleasing to Him. Dad and I rejoice that your most earnest desire is that Jonas love and serve Him with all his heart.
Happy Birthday Jonas. Mimi and Papa love you. You are a special boy and are so blessed to have such a wonderful Umma and Daddy. (and baby sister too!)

Vanessa said...

Kathy!!! You are such an awesome and humble mum!! Love every single part of the party! You are my inspiration!!

DNA's Adventures said...

=) This post is one of my favorites to date. I LOVE that you share these letters about your love for your AMAZING kiddos..and I agree with Vanessa - yesterday was INCREDIBLE...so much humility and love from you both to Jonas. What a joy to celebrate with you guys!

thekimfam said...

this was so sweet to read kathy! you are such a blessed mommy!