God showed us over the years that there were bigger, eternal things to do, and one of them the Lord granted to us was to raise this baby disciple and teach him about Jesus and why we are on this earth.
But as it always seems to turn out, God has been using him to teach us too.
My heart bursts when he gives so generously, without any compulsion. Like my birthday card he made and the coffee he bought me with his brother just this week:
This whole growing up thing is entirely bittersweet.
What a gift that I get to see my tiny baby grow up into adulthood.
Elijah, you are a precious blessing to me. I am so grateful to God for you and the man you are becoming.