Elijah makes sure everyone knows his birthday was “cancelled” last year. It’s true that his party and cake were cancelled because of Covid and “Safe at Home” orders, but I assure you, we celebrate this ball of energy every day!
Elijah’s enthusiasm is my favorite thing about him. He gets excited about almost everything and his volume only knows one level- loud. Even though there are days I say “inside voice, please” more times than I can count, his zest for life is a gift and he simply wants to share it with others.
I love how much Elijah loves other people. He will talk with anyone and is sure to do introductions- “My name is Elijah. This is my sister Josie…etc.” He is well spoken and has an incredible vocabulary. His friendliness and energy are magnetic for most people. I did have to explain to him what “shy” meant when we were with another family of kids and his energy was met with wide-eyes. His compassionate heart understood and he later said, “Why didn’t they just tell me they were shy?”
Elijah loves dinosaurs and has a great imagination. He is drawn to books and will run over to join me if Josie and I are reading without him. He loves playing games and continually beats me at Memory, Mouse Trap, and Sequence.
Another milestone met during Elijah’s fourth year was riding his bike without training wheels. He can successfully make it all the way around the neighborhood. I’m excited to take him with me on future trail runs while he rides ahead and encourages me to run faster and keep up!
Keeping up is a theme when hanging out with Elijah. I pray no one ever tells him he’s “too much” because they can’t handle his passion for everything. I also pray for the energy and patience to encourage him to be the ambitious and curious kid God created him to be.
I’m so thankful God chose me to be Elijah’s mom. While many might think it’s impossible that he’s already five, I’ve learned so many life lessons in his existence that it’s hard to think of a time before he arrived. He recently said, “Never underestimate the power of me.” And I laughed and said, “Oh buddy. You have no idea. I know your power” and I’ve known it since that fateful Holy Week five years ago.
I hope he never forgets his power and uses it for good. The world needs him.
Five is a big milestone. It’s a whole handful, after all. We’re celebrating with dairy-free dinosaur cupcakes.