A special shout out to one of my fave writers Melanie Shankle for this idea- if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery- than consider yourself sincerely flattered😘
My sweet Caden Bacon… today you are four. Your life from the very moment we knew about you has held a special joy. You were a baby long prayed for, believed for, after losing your 2 older siblings too soon. You’re our rainbow baby🌈. And like the brilliance of a rainbow after a storm, 🌦your life is a sign of the goodness and faithfulness of God to keep His promises even when life had threatened to toss us forever with a flood of tears and sorrows. 💦🌊
This year you made the most important decision of your life- to ask Jesus to be your Savior and to follow and love Him everyday until you see Him face to face in heaven. 🔥 My prayer for you now is that He is your greatest love💗 and that you learn the joy and life that comes when you come to Him with every hurt and every disappointment. To find Him as your source of wisdom, strength and comfort and to love Him more and more everyday.
It has been one of the greatest delights of my parenting journey to see you talk to Jesus, to hear from Him and for His presence and truth to guide you. You love to read the Bible and talk frequently about Bible stories. Your favorite Bible hereos are David and Daniel. I pray you will continue to be like David – praising Jesus, facing every Goliath with confidence because you know who to turn to for divine wisdom and strength to be victorious, and even if you make mistakes- always returning to your first Love, knowing healing, forgiveness and redemption is found there. I pray you are a Daniel continually praying to Him and standing for what is right regardless of what the culture says- confident that your God will be your deliverer even if you face the Lions.🦁
I have loved seeing you step into your place as an older brother, you are an excellent leader to your younger brothers. 💙💙💙You are kind, you are eager to help Momma. You entertain Zeke for hours on end, with stories and songs. You are Finn’s best friend and I am so proud of the way that you comfort him and model for him obedience. I am so proud of the way I see you obeying even when your brother or other kids aren’t- that is a hard decision but you are making it every day. I love the way you encourage others and cheer them on!! You are one of my greatest encouragers and also tell me “I can do it!” When you see me struggling to hold a plank. You notice when I wear make up or a new shirt and continually stop and tell me “you’re so pretty Mommy” and “you’re the best Momma”😭😍
You are kind to others. 🤗In a world where we don’t hear about kindness often or it can be perceived as a “woman thing” or “weak”- I want you to know that your kindness is a sign of your strength and your security in who you are in God and your ability to listen to the Holy Spirit and obey Him. Kindness changes people, it changes atmospheres, Jesus was unfailing kind and strong at the same time
And you can be too. 💪🏻🤗
Your interests are diverse and prove you enjoy experiencing and trying different things. You love to paint and draw but kick a soccer ball⚽️ and hit a baseball⚾️ with startling fierceness and accuracy. You love to be with people and get out of the house but you also love playing at home and quietly working in your alphabet work books. You are brave yet love to cuddle. You’re a verbal processor but I see you in quiet moments thinking and processing life and your experiences.
Caden, I couldn’t be more thankful to be your Momma. Happy Birthday to my sweet and wild warrior.
I love you more than you will ever know,