And, then, being the indulgent parents we are, we threw a party to celebrate the day!
William invited all of the boys in his class which is not as daunting as it sounds since there are only six boys in the 7th grade. And we took them bowling. We didn't take ourselves too seriously and had a good time. Below, William is wearing the birthday hat one of his friends made for him. A bunch of goofballs in his class, but we love 'em!
After a couple of hours of bowling, we went back to our house for pizza, ice cream cake, presents, ping-pong, and video games.
But also a little sad and nostalgic for me. This giant teen-ager with a voice squeaking into puberty was the first little one to steal my heart. I can remember simply sitting and watching him sleep because he was such a miracle to me. And he still is, of course, just in a very different way! Still just as precious but a lot harder to snuggle!
William's birthday generally falls somewhere close to parent/teacher conferences at Liberty and (at least so far) this has been a tremendous opportunity for us to hear others tell us what a wonderful young man our son is becoming. We try to hide it while we're there, but we go home every time beaming with pride.
We're eager to see what the Lord has for him to do with his life and so thankful for him in our life.