Wednesday, September 14, 2011

That Middle Child

On the Pike Place Market Pig ~ Dec. 2007

T-Ball ~ Summer 2008

Camping on Little Naches River ~ Sept. 2009

Fishing at Ocean Shores ~ 2010

Westwood Field Day ~ June 2011

Today our middle child celebrated his 9th birthday, and I just had to post a quick blog in his honor.  People use the term “middle child” like it’s a curse, but ours is a blessing and I just couldn’t adore him any more than I do!

Cole is as kind-hearted as they come.  He cares about other people’s feelings and has that wonderful gift of compassion!  His sweet and quirky sense of humor has had us laughing since he was just little.  Although he didn’t intend it to be funny, when we moved to our farm when Cole was 2, he began referring to cows’ udders as “milk tanks”.  Today, that’s what we still call them!

At 4 years old, Cole raced his quad at Pacific Raceways for the first time.  He was about half the size of the other kids in his class, and when he rode by us, he would slow down and honk the horn.  That’s just the way Cole is…he would rather wave at his mom and dad than win the race!  And by doing so, and without meaning to, he manages to win the hearts of everyone along the way!

As the animal lover of the family, Cole spends hours hanging out in the chicken coop and running around with our dog.  A couple of months ago, he told me that he was teaching our young new rooster how to crow; that was more entertaining to witness than you can imagine!  You can often find Cole walking around holding Ernie the rooster under one arm; I’m pretty sure Ernie thinks that they are best friends. J

I recently read an article about birth order, and here’s what it had to say about middle children: “They read people well; they are peacemakers who see all sides of a situation; they are independent and inventive.”  All those traits sure fit Cole.  Being a middle child sounds like a pretty good thing to me!

I could go on and on with favorite stories about Cole.  When I think of him, I smile.  When I hear his giggle, I smile even more!  I pray that he will grow up to be the compassionate man, full of kindness, that he’s already been the first 9 years of his life.  I know that God will use those attributes in Cole to bless the lives of many others, and I just can’t wait to see how, everyday, God will continue to use him!

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