4 years, 10 months.
Saturday afternoon you slept hard for three hours while Mommy and I watched the movie Unbroken in the bonus room.
During the middle of it, I snuck in your bedroom to check on you and discovered such a sweet sight: You were cuddled up tightly with Bongo, your stuffed animal monkey.
Not to mention, your bed is always full of your zoo of all your other stuffed animals, which even includes an anteater.
After you woke up later in the afternoon, I took you to the Spring Hill Ham Festival, where you were able to pet (very tame!) farm animals; including a sheep, goat, cow, chicken, duck, rabbit, and a pair of pigs.
I loved how unreserved you were when approaching the animals to softly pet them. I don’t know that I myself would have trusted them not to attack me.
This video I made includes some footage of you with the animals:
But your calm spirit assured them you were only there to nurture them, not to scare them.
I just recently became aware of a verse in the Bible that made me think of you:
Proverbs 12:10 says this:
A righteous man cares for the needs of his animals.
You love animals. You treat them like babies.
Literally, you wrap them up in blankets and take them with you wherever we go.
With that being said, I don’t see our family getting an actual real life pet any time soon. Our busy lifestyle and schedule would likely lead to not being able to show the pet enough affection and attention.
However, we can definitely enjoy everyone else’s pets and animals.
You are definitely built to care for others and to be a leader. It’s what is in your heart.
I believe you will always find a way to take care of others, especially those younger than you.