Oh man, what a mess of emotions! Isaac Levi, this past year has been one for the books. In looking back, we knew we were going to have our hands full with you, we just didn't know to what extent! Your third year proved very challenging, for you and us. That amazing personality, coupled with your determination and love to talk made for quite the interesting mix.
I'm not saying that our battle of wills has been sunsetted, but we're thankfully no longer having arguments over taking an ice cube to bed! That gives me hope. This shouldn't be read that the entire year was difficult, because really, Isaac you can be the most tender-hearted and compassionate little boy. You'd argue with me right now though, if you knew that I just referred to you as a little boy, but that you still are.
It's just as true now as when I wrote it last year, Isaac, son, we love you. Through thick and thin, and all the trouble and love we'll experience, we love you.
We last left off here, celebrating your 3rd birthday.
Like I said, it was challenging.
But oh so sweet as well! One of the best parts of this past year has been watching your relationship with your brother evolve.
You enjoyed new things, like sparklers[!] for the first time.
Taking your brother for a spin in the backyard on your John Deere Gator.
And connecting your bat with a pitched ball!
And so many of your standing summertime favorites, like the backyard sprinkler.
Swimming at Lake George!
Going to the MN State Fair . . . although this ride might be enjoyed more this year.
In the fall, you enlarged your life experiences and circle of friends by starting preschool!
In October you were excited to help us share the news that we were going to be a family of five!
And then at the end of November, you helped us share that you were going to have a baby sister! Who we now know as Miri Joy.
Also around this time, you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. No greater words or choice have made us so happy than to know He is in your heart.
The last six months of the year, aka The Never-Ending Winter, is when we really saw you take off in terms of intellect and social skills. Unfortunately, I pretty much neglected my camera this past winter, so pictures are few and far between.
The lone bright spot was our trip to the Wisconisn Dells, where I do believe you had your first crush. It was also so fun to watch your confidence build until you finally went down the Big Green Slide by yourself.
And then we were plunged back into 4 more months of winter!
Just like when we were expecting Ezra's arrival, you were absolutely in love with your baby sister before she was even born.
Lucky for us, that love continued even when she was out of my belly!
You're still throwing us curve balls, little man and we look forward to each and everyone!