Our little man- JII is five years old five and a half years old. He has spent a significant amount of these five and a half years with his nephews (our grandchildren) who happen to be the same age as him. In the beginning, there were only three boys and they were the three musketeers..
They played together, fought together, giggled and tattled together. They adored each other. Gboy was the oldest by nine months to Aboy and one year almost to the day to JII.
The two younger ones always looked up to Gboy with all of his wisdom. They wanted Gboys affection and approval. They sought it and often fought for it if need be.
And fight they did. Not the mean, hateful fighting (although that did happen on occasion). The sword kind. The army man kind. The Star Wars kind. Anything, and I do mean anything could be turned into a sword or other fighting tool. I have lost many spatulas and wooden spoons to the young knights and superheroes that play at my house.
I have loved it. There have been many times that I have had to separate little army men - one to the east and one to the west, but still I have loved it.
Watching these little ones grow has been such a pleasure. Watching them become little boys from the toddlers we pulled around in the wagon and pushed in strollers has brought such joy. Their laughter is contagious and the smiles and kisses they share are priceless.
With these three boys, we have experienced many things. We have had ambulance rides as terror gripped us. We have had broken bones and an amputated finger (which was sewn back on and healed completely - praise be to God). We have seen seizures and goose - egg heads. Through it all, we have seen Our Father at work.
These very boys are now ages six and a half, five and three quarters and five and a half. These age distinctions are important to little boys. Never challenge a little boy on the decimal point that goes with his age. YOU.WILL.LOSE.
Since the first days with these little Rambos we have added another now five year old, a now three year old and a two year old. Those are just the boys mind you!!!! There are four girls in this mix as well.
We will be adding another boy (and another girl) to this crew in Early December. I will be putting away a sword and some superhero costumes for him - he will need them as early as possible in order to hold his own with this army.
To reflect on these three little ones is to be completely in awe of how God has blessed us. There have been hard times, sad times and mad times - I will take them all. I must take those if I am to appreciate completely all of the happy, easy and loving times. It all intertwines into the loveliest tapestry. I will accept the whole of it. They are my boys.