Kalyb, today is your 6th birthday. I’ve now been blessed to have known you for almost 2 1/2 years. The first few months via shy interactions on Skype, then finally in person, and now through most of your kindergarten year.
My, how you have changed! From picking you up in the St. Louis airport last April where we received many sympathetic stares and had quite the struggle with your four-year-old strong-willed self! Now, into a boy that other parents have been overheard making comments about, ‘that’s how you should respect adults.’ ‘Did you hear him? What a well-behaved little boy’. Melts my heart.
Not that you don’t have your moments. You are your father’s child, after all. And with that comes a strong sense of justice and righteousness. You desire to be heard and can be quite committed to your decisions, even when the consequences don’t fare well. But, you’re learning. You’re understanding consequences – both good and bad. You desire to be obedient and to have people like you.
We’ve joined you in a flag football league where they focus on character. This way we can build the social aspect of teamwork. You had some troubles in p.e. this year when you didn’t always win, as you had expected in your mind. Disappointment is difficult for you. You feel strongly and deeply. The good thing with this is that we never have to guess how you feel about something!
You are incredibly compassionate and concerned. You’re tender with little babies and gentle with toddlers. You like to be the leader but expect others to listen to your way immediately, so sometimes you encounter challenges. You are so excited to become a big brother and are very verbal about your desire for a younger brother. You scream at the little baby through my tummy and ask the baby lots of questions. It’s quite precious!
You are extremely curious and overly locquacious. Your vocabulary and comprehension skills never cease to amaze me. You’re putting up a fight with writing – but oh my goodness, how you’ve improved! You’re reading now. You’re persevering. You’re learning to do things even when you don’t feel like it. Sometimes, more gracefully than others. You’re great at investing in others – always asking your mom how her day is and trying to engage with others.
For as social as you can be, you also need your alone time in order to fill up. There are many times you’re running around and playing with others, but there are other times when you’re quite content to just be by yourself. At this age, you’re getting along better with girls than with boys as there’s not as much of a power struggle. It’s fun watching you engage and explore.
You have such a tender heard for the Lord and it’s humbling to be a part of it. We pray for a life marked by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Our prayer for you is that The LORD would bless you and keep you; that the LORD would make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; and that the LORD would turn his face toward you and give you peace. You and I created a painting with this on it and hung it above your bed. I pray for a spirit that listens intently and is obedient quickly. For a hunger and thirst for the Lord that doesn’t get side-tracked by the things of this world.
You want to be a preacher, a pilot, and a policeman. You really wish that we still lived in San Diego. You could watch movies all day, if we let you. Almost nightly you ask a ‘random question of the night’ calling us out of bed to ask us something random about frogs swimming, waves crashing, or the purpose of lava. Nerf guns are still a favorite – as are peanut butter & banana sandwiches, nutella, anything chocolate, and mac & cheese. Your favorite color is red and you love superheroes. You’re 100% boy and we couldn’t be more proud of you! Happy 6th birthday, Kalyb Isaiah Dicken! We love you!