Monday, October 22, 2012

Josiah turns TWO!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Josiah Timothy Gerdes! It's hard to believe that Josiah is 2 years old today! The time has FLOWN by so quickly! It feels like just yesterday that we were snuggling with him at the hospital, rejoicing in our successful VBAC, praising the Lord for our healthy baby, and adjusting to being a family of 4. Josiah has brought SO much joy to our lives and to the lives of MANY others already in his first two years of life! His big smile, chubby cheeks, and long eye lashes (which he LOVES to bat at any lady who walks by!), are enough to melt the hearts of everyone who comes in contact with him. He almost always has a smile on his face and is SO snuggly! His new "best friend" is Mr. Bear (Bay-oh), which Josiah takes with him EVERYWHERE he goes - to day care, in the car, outside to play, to bed, etc. So sweet! He now speaks in short 3-4 word sentences and is VERY good at following directions. He LOVES to sing, especially the "clean up" song! Such a great little dancer, too! One of the biggest changes in his life happened a few months ago, when he started attending day care at Atlantic Shores Christian School where I teach 4th grade. At first, he had a few tears, but within weeks, he was running into his classroom, excited to see his teachers each day. His favorate thing to do at day care is to paint. He comes home with a new art project just about every day! He's also starting to learn his colors, numbers, shapes, letters, and animal sounds at day care. His favorite animal sound is the pig, and he is SO CUTE scrunching up his little nose, while making the oink oink sound! It's so sweet to see him interact with his older brother, Jeremiah, whom he loves, adores, and wants to be JUST like. They have such a sweet relationship and really do well sharing a room (bunk beds). Josiah - We praise the LORD for you and for the JOY you've added to our lives and to the lives of those around you! You are fearfully and wonderfully made! We love you SO much!