Last week I got a text. It said “Hi Nana”, then there was the emoji of a birthday cake, the one with the candles. More writing “It’s almost my birthday”. Sure enough, it is. My Lil Man turns 9 on November 13. I’m in shock with how quickly the years have passed. What I’m not in shock about is what a wonderful and loving boy Liam has grown into. He is still young enough to enjoy time with his family but he is also old enough now to have friends of his own that he has lots of fun with. So we might be on the fringe of his time but I’m going to continue to soak it up for as long as I can. This is Liam last year at his birthday party with Uncle Chris, whom he just adores. Their birthdays are two days apart so he enjoys celebrating his family party with Uncle Chris. It’s a fun time when we all gather for birthdays. So I couldn’t let this day go by without a few photos and words about how much Liam has changed this year and how much joy he brings to our family. He is wise and smart and he is so much more settled in his mind and body. This year the Bartons moved into a new house, in a new town and Liam has made some lovely friends in his neighborhood, which he enjoys so much. He’s also a big help now. He reads to Jaxson and is such a good big brother and steps up whenever Jaxson needs anything that Liam can help him with, and finally they are both old enough now that they can interact on so many levels as friends instead of competitors. Liam is a joy. I love that we still get one day a week with them after school. So here we go and here is what we have been up this last year.
In April it was starting to get a bit warmer and so after church on Easter Sunday we were able to have our Easter Egg hunt outside. I think this year Jaxson was much better at finding eggs. It might have been a tie to see who got the most. Another day in April we went to the Peabody Essex Museum and you both loved the “Play” exhibit that was there. You got lost in all those balloons. What a fun start to spring.
One more thing that you and Jaxson did this year was run for your school. You both got a lot of donations and all the money will go towards building you and Jaxson a new elementary school. That is really special, my friend, to be part of the process in making your school and town a better place for all students. You both make Papa and I so proud. Love you both and I love how you love each other.
As I look back through these photos Liam I realize what a great team we have been. First you and I and Papa, then along came Jaxson and he rounds out our foursome. It certainly has been a wonderful and loving nine years, don’t you think? We have the best adventures, the best talks and we get to go and do so many great things. From the time you were a tiny baby you loved being in the kitchen with me and this year you started baking all by yourself. Reading the directions, mixing the ingredients and getting that batter into the little cups. I have enjoyed every single minute that we have had together. Another amazing thing is that in 9 years I think you have only had one time out here at our house and now I can’t even remember why. Your goodness shines most of the time and because of that, you shine in my eyes, all the time. Thanks for the hugs, kisses, the long talks, sleep-overs and snuggles. Thanks also for still holding my hand sometimes when we are walking together outside. Mostly though, thank you for the “I love you Nana’s” that you give me just out of the blue. They make my heart sing. Guess what Liam…I love you too…so run off now that you are nine and start dreaming big…I’m going to waiting on the sidelines to see where you go and just like now, I’ll be cheering you on. Happy 9th Birthday Lil Man…
The photos in this post were taken with the Fuji XT-2, Fuji 35 f2.2 and Fuji 18-135 lens. Some of the Bermuda shots were taken with the Fuji 23 f1.4 lens. All sports shots and lots of Maine photos were taken with the Canon 7DMk 11 and the Tamron 16-300 lens.
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