Born on the Fourth of July

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My third child becomes a teenager today.  Cadin Christopher, “Confident Follower of Christ”, was born on the fourth of July with the shaggiest head of dark hair like his mom and the deepest brown eyes like his dad.

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He was a good and content baby.  He and his older brother and sister became a happy trio.

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They were always together, yet Cadin never felt compelled to do things the way they did things.  He had his own unique talents and tastes from the beginning.  When the other children were happily doing arts and crafts with Grandma, Cadin would be building a model.

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When Areli and Cole would be picking out bathrobes from the Disney Store, Cadin would want Power Ranger Pajamas instead.

He was a sweet and thoughtful boy, yet he had a power that could take you by surprise.  When Cadin was four years old, he and Dad were chasing each other around the house and rough housing as boys love to do.  His dark eyes were shining with joy and his chubby cheeks were bouncing with each step.  I was sitting at the kitchen table when I observed Dad run into the living room with Cadin on his heels.  I saw Cadin take a flying leap into the air right before the kitchen wall obstructed my view.  I heard the most incredible “Boom!” It was the sound I had always imagined when the Giant fell to the ground at the end of the Jack and the Beanstalk story.  I ran into the living room to see what had occurred.  Dad was on the floor laughing hysterically, and Cadin had his arms tightly wrapped around Dad’s legs.  Our four-year old had single-handedly tackled his father to the ground!

As Cadin grew, his eye for detail was incredible.  I would give him the special chores around the house, because I knew that he would do them properly.  He would place the pillows back on the sofas with the stripped pattern matching exactly.  He would put away the silverware with every large spoon and every small spoon in its perfect place.

He struggled with reading for years until suddenly in third grade he began to read everything in sight.  He would pick out special scriptures in the Bible and write them down in his notebook and read them to me.  I was very often encouraged by those words of truth that he had found intriguing.

Just this past school year, Cadin was a lifesaver for me!  I was tired most of the time from being pregnant.  I was still trying to homeschool Cadin and do therapy with my special needs daughter, Ashlyn.  All the other boys were in public school except for Cadin and Courage; the very loud, very demanding, and very active almost two-year old.  Cadin would watch Courage, follow him around, and take care of him almost all day long.  Cadin would even change his diaper and put him in his crib for nap, since Courage was too big for me to lift.  Most of the time Cadin carried out this duty with patience and a fun-loving attitude that Courage just loved.

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I have not yet successfully potty trained a child before the age of three. There might be hope for Courage, however, because Cadin has made this his personal mission. One day I simply suggested to Courage that he should try to go pee. Cadin appeared out of nowhere, scooped up little Courage and held him with one arm. With the other arm thrust out in front of him and pointing towards the upstairs bathroom, Cadin tore through the house at top speed yelling, “GO! GO! GO! This is not a drill!”  This time Courage was the little boy with the bouncing cheeks, loving every minute of this adventure in potty training.

Cadin would complete his homeschool assignment each day while Courage was playing with blocks or sleeping in his crib.  Cadin was very self-motivated.  He has always been a whiz at math, being a year ahead in his math curriculum.  He would organize numbers and solve math problems in ways I had never thought of.  He loves to read books with all sorts of science and history facts.  His joy of learning is evident as he tells me from memory how many feet long the Titanic had been or that a squid has 10 arms.

He has a good heart that wants to do what is right.  He will walk away from watching a TV show if he senses an inappropriate scene is coming.

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He has a fun-loving heart, full of songs for every occasion.

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He is sensitive yet strong; painfully shy at times yet confident.

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I cannot believe he is a teenage already.

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I cannot believe he is my teenager and how incredibly blessed I am to call him my son.

 

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