Saturday, May 28, 2011

My Little Shadow

I've written other blogs about Levi, so you may already know something about him.  He is my sweet, fun three year old.  Oh, how I love him to pieces! And, being three, he let's me.  He is forever following me around wanting to be held or carried or to snuggle.  What is not to love about that?  I hadn't realized how much I missed having a little snugglebug around the house.

In the mornings when Levi awakens, he runs to find me.  He comes with a big smile and open arms and jumps into my lap. I hold him and tell him how much I love him and how precious he is to me. This ritual can last a long time. Then I sometimes read a book or we might go right to the table for breakfast. Levi will usually start talking about something from "yesterday." For Levi "yesterday" means any day in the past. Or he may ask me what we are doing today. Often times he will say of my plans, "I don't want to go, I want to stay home." He is a homebody like his brother.

Currently, Levi likes to sit and read to himself. I love to watch and listen as he turns the pages and tells the story or recites the lines he knows. Like both Taylor and Caleb did before him, he wants to be read to. I LOVE that. Nothing beats a good book and a some cuddletime.

I think the thing I enjoy most about Levi at this age is watching his language develop. He is quite the talker (like his brother and mother before him). The interesting phrases and uses of words or misuse/mispronunciation can be funny, embarrassing, or adorable. Right now, magnets are called "cabinets." Yellow is "lellow." And when I had laryngitis, Levi said I had lost my "voice mail." He also likes to say, "You saved the day!" whenever I fix something or clean up a mess. Now that is appreciation. And at the end of the day when he is tired he will say, "I can't walk. My legs don't work."

The thing is, I get tired too.

It has been a different experience having Levi later in life. I don't have quite the energy and drive that I had in my 20s and 30s. I get tired more often and it seems my house is not as orderly and clean as it used to be.  And as I was reflecting on this and on how busy Levi can be, the Lord spoke to my heart. God reminded me that I need Him every moment of every day and that when I am strong I can easily forget that. In my weakness, God desires to prove Himself strong on my behalf.  Desperation for God and His power and strength are a good thing. I don't want to walk around believing I don't need God's power for my day.

Thank you, Lord, for Levi.  For the joy he brings and for the awareness of my great need for You.  Give me strength for this day.

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