Bear is 13 now (yes, that still hurts to say!) and I couldn't be more proud of him. He is such an amazing person and I love being around him. He wakes up in the morning and usually helps get his sisters breakfast. Sometimes he even volunteers to get up early and make biscuits or something. He gets himself ready for school and helps with anything else that needs done, from packing the girls' snack to making me some coffee. :-) On cold mornings, he even starts the car and gets the heater going for me. Some days he will ride with us to school and walk the girls into class and some days he will leave a little early and walk by himself. He says he enjoys the quiet and peacefulness of the early morning. He's learned to find his serenity.
Bear does his homework and schoolwork without me having to tell him. He does chores and cleans without complaining (mostly).
He's got the biggest heart. The other day he was talking about how much he loves fresh green beans. He said 'How awesome would it be if we had 1000 acres of green beans? We could keep a third, sell a third and take a third to Africa and feed starving kids. Or Haiti, or anywhere really.' Let me tell you, it was all I could do not to cry. So I told him how proud I am of him and what a wonderful young man he is. So he says, 'It's all thanks to you, Mom'. Yeah, I broke. You would have too.
He loves animals, being goofy and running.
At the San Antonio Zoo
Goofy, hard at work.
He loves to ride his dirtbike, play paintball and......draw.
Yes, you can see my reflection taking the picture, but at least you can see one of Bear's latest creations. :-)
I used to have a cute, sweet little boy who would bring me flowers (still does on the rare occasion :-) ) and somewhere in the middle of living life, I blinked and he grew into a handsome young man who stands eye to eye with me.
He's becoming more patient with his sisters and doesn't get so frustrated with them. There are times that he makes me even more proud. These are the times that he IS frustrated and he takes a deep breath and doesn't lose his cool. It's easy to be nice when you're not upset. Did I mention he's 13??
He doesn't lie. Period.
There are not too many people that I can say, with 100% certainty, are completely honest and I am humbled to know that my son is one of them. His integrity is above reproach. We talk about everything. Girls. School. People. Friends. Dreams. Desires. Wishes. Life. We laugh and joke. We are serious. We have a great relationship and I am so grateful.
We did a family photo shoot the other day and we haven't got the pictures yet, Mike snapped a couple with his phone.
I know we all say it, but I truly believe I'm the luckiest mom in the world.