Christopher turned 12 on February 7th. That is really hard to believe! He was ordained a Deacon the same day and was given the Aaronic Priesthood. I am a proud mom!
Christopher continues to amaze me on a daily basis as to his strength of character. I know that the word "good" is really generic and vague but Christopher is really GOOD. He tries hard to do what is right. He respects adults and treats his parents and leaders and teachers appropriately. He wants to share the Gospel with his friends and peers. He likes his siblings and being with them. He rarely complains about helping around the house. He is just really good.
When he was a little boy, he was a stinker. He and Emily shared a room until he was 4. When he was about 2, he would leave the room on a nightly basis to sneak food out of the kitchen. Sometimes we would catch him and sometimes we wouldn't. Finally, we put a baby gate up in the dining room so he couldn't get into the kitchen. He got a rocking chair from his room and climbed over. He dragged a dining room chair over to the gate to get back over. One night Chris sat at the bottom of the stairs and waited for Christopher to emerge from his room. The stairs were directly down the hall from his room and Chris had a straight view to see what he was doing. Christopher got out of bed and headed down the hall. Then he noticed Chris sitting there and froze. He was caught!
He really liked to play with Emily's collection of Beanie Babies. We kept them on a shelf over her bed. One night I caught him climbing on the rocking chair that he had lifted and placed on top of Emily (who was asleep) in her bed. He was standing and trying to reach the Beanie Babies. Emily never woke up.
A few days before Christopher's birthday, Chris and I took him to Sonic to give him a "Chastity/Puberty" talk. I don't think he will want to visit Sonic again for a really long time. We have may ruined it for him. It's the only time I've seen him speechless and not hungry in a long time.
I love that I can always count on Christopher to be good. I hope his goodness continues to stay with him throughout his life. Happy birthday, Sunny Son!