Thursday, April 19, 2012


Seven years ago today we were introduced to this little man. This bird-skinny, crazy-haired little man.

skinny little arms and legs :: about 3 months old
that hair!

He's been counting down to this day for months. I doubt it will live up to all the hype, but today is his birthday. His seventh birthday. Seven! Wow.

This seventh year has been, by far, the toughest yet for this little guy. Although it is all of our story -- living through this year -- I'll let it be Joe's story and not "air" his stuff to the entire cyber world. But, believe me, it's been a pretty rough 9 months or so around here. By far our toughest parenting {probably whole of life} struggle and challenge so far, piled on top of the normal, day-to-day struggles and challenges of a big family. We're not ignorant enough to think we won't have other struggles. Worse struggles. There are 8 of us who are fiercely interconnected and who fiercely love each other, so there's gonna be plenty of pain and struggle. It's pretty clear that we can count on it. {Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1.2-3 :: it clearly says "whenever you face trials", not "if you face trials".} So, we know this probably isn't the worst of it. But so far, it is our worst and that's no fun.

"I'm this many!"
a typical Joe face::

A bit about Joe at 7 ::
  • he shares a room with Sara, on the main floor across the hall from us
  • he LOVES Legos. especially the Ninjago collection.
  • his reading coach at school is named Fred {he is my friend, Laura's dad and Joe's friend, Maya's grandpa}. Joe loves Fred!
  • he's {mostly} over superheros -- after a run that lasted nearly half his lifetime!
  • he is an exceptionally popular guy! at conferences his teacher told us that one day in class they made "friendship wheels" where everyone wrote down a few of the people they consider to be their friends and Joe's name was on nearly everyone's wheel. far and away, the teacher told us, Joe was named more than anyone else on his classmates wheels.
  • he is a great jump-roper
  • he is in an after school Lego club through community ed and he LOVES it.
  • Lego club is on Thursdays, which means today he gets a birthday AND to go to Lego club. it's a red-letter day!
  • he can be so sweet and loving.
  • he takes up an entire queen sized bed when he sleeps . . . and he grinds his teeth!
  • he got glasses this year -- and big teeth in the front -- and looks cuter than ever, if you ask me!
  • he claims his favorite food is candy, but he also likes macaroni and cheese.
  • earlier this year he banged his tooth/mouth on the dining room table and chipped the table. the table, not the tooth . . . kid's got a hard head!
  • he is always -- I really mean always, like as in constantly, without stopping -- making noise. usually he's not talking, just making random Joe-ish sound effects.
  • he had these corduroy pants with skulls on them that were hand-me-downs that he LOVED and wore through both knees from wearing them nearly every day this winter.
  • we love him like crazy and can't imagine our family without him.

Joe has had a cold lately {so have a bunch of us} and last night his cough was exceptionally bad and he couldn't sleep, so he came in bed with us. It wasn't "us" for long, though, as Kirb decided to relocate to the couch. So, Joe and I were snuggled in bed . . . Joe coughing and coughing. For a while it was nearly constant and he couldn't sleep. He was pretty miserable and at one point a little after 1 he said to me "When will it be morning?". It was probably 3:30 when he {and, consequently, when I} finally fell asleep. He was up again before 6:30 -- even though he usually sleeps until at least 7 or 7:30 -- because, after all, you've got to maximize your big day. Hopefully he'll still be awake and functional when it's time for Lego club! We'll just have to see, I guess.

off to the bus on his 7th birthday
{his backpack is OLD and the front pouch has a broken zipper. maybe next year he'll get a new one. one that wasn't a hand-me-down. one in which all the zippers work . . . we'll see!}::

1 comment:

  1. I have two brand new Ogio backpacks that i have received from work. They are both really nice but I don't have a use for them. Would Joe want one? They both have tons of bells and whistles. Not literally of course.



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