Happy birthday, Caleb Paul!!! You are such a gift to our family. There are so many amazing and wonderful things I could say about you. But today, instead of thinking about all you do (which is a lot!), or even the truly remarkable character growing in you, I just want to say that I love you. I love being around you. Our family just needed a Caleb Paul Hester.
We were laughing tonight because I think you were my easiest pregnancy, and my easiest labor/delivery.
I love how close you and Emma are. You two make a good team. You are so wise beyond your years. Sometimes your prayers just floor me. All your brothers look up to you so much. Which is also a gift!!!
I'm just sort of rambling, but it all means, "I love you." "I'm thankful for you."
Today, Emma was telling some friends of ours that you are the nicest person on the planet. You frequently hear how amazing, smart, hard-working, etc, you are.
So this year, my prayer for you is that you would know without a doubt, that God doesn't love you because you're intelligent, or because you don't show your frustration easily, or because you are so helpful and hard-working. This year, my prayer is that you would know the love God has for you in Christ when you don't get it right. When you do get frustrated. I want you to know that you are loved because you belong to our family. Oh! Your hard work is a great gift and I believe it is all part of God's plans and purposes for you. But it is not what makes you valuable. You are priceless because you were bought at a great price. Your love and value is made secure in Christ. He loved you first...and that is why you can love at all.
So. My dear boy. I love you more than my words can express. May your love for God's Word grow deeper and stronger, may His love and light become more satisfying than any other thing, and may you rest fully in the good news that you have been rescued. May Jesus Christ forever be your King and Captain....
For the King! For the Kingdom!
P.S. I hope to post some pics of your special camping trip with dad soon. We are having technological difficulties.