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The Labor of Raising up a Little Boy!

     Today, the first Monday in September, is Labor Day. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s website[1], this national holiday is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

     Hats off to all hard-working men and women! Thank you for your admirable labor!

     Even though the calendar—and in some cases the thermometer—don’t agree, Labor Day is often seen as the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. For our daughter and son-in-law, who are both teachers, it also signifies a new school year.

     This year Labor Day has special significance in our family because it is our youngest grandchild’s birthday. Reeve Benjamin Olson turns two today!

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Reeve was named after his maternal grandpa, Ron REEVE, and his Uncle [BEN]JAMIN Olson. His name is a tribute to two fine men.

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Reeve on his first birthday! Already primed to be a Seahawks fan! One of his first phrases, “Go Hawks!”

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Mommy will always be Reeve’s biggest fan!

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Even though Emalynn is beginning to declare, “Little brothers are annoying!” Reeve adores his big “Sissie!”

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Grandma Susie’s favorite (and only) grandsons. Here Reeve practices for the day he will graduate from high school just like his big hockey-player cousin, Jackson!

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     At 2 years old, this little guy is all boy, His normal volume is “loud.” His normal speed is fast. His most commonly used word is, “No!” His red hair seems well matched to his mischievous nature. He loves trucks, balls and roughhousing.

     Despite Reeve’s loud volume, high speed and strong-will, our little grandson can be incredibly sweet. After tossing or tackling one of his stuffed animals, he then stops to give the toy a great big hug. He manages to take a break from almost incessant movement to run over to Grandma with quick ‘loves.’ And, when he does on occasion decide to be agreeable rather than obstinate, his “Yaw,” reminiscent of some of the little guy’s Scandinavian heritage, is quite endearing. He also loves reading books and listening to music.

     Some might say Reeve is a “terrible” two, but I refuse to label my precious grandson as “terrible” anything. Rather, I believe Reeve is in a time of typical and trying transition.

     The way this little man responds to his environment at two is not the way he will always respond. With generous doses of loving patience and consistent, fair discipline, Reeve will grow into his God design.

     So, today, her heart overflowing with love and hope, this grandma is praying for her youngest grandbaby the same prayer I’ve prayed for each of my grandkids, a prayer based on a passage of Scripture describing the young boy, Jesus): And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:52 – ESV)

Grandma Susie’s Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father…
Thank you for the gift of Reeve Benjamin.
Even as Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man, I pray you will bless Reeve with this same type of growth.

Lord, I ask you to bless and guide our rambunctious, red-haired grandson intellectually, physically, spiritually and socially.

And, Lord, I pray you will help Reeve’s parents, grandparents and all those adults guiding his steps see this child through your eyes, love this little guy with your heart and recognize Reeve’s God-given design!

Amen (or, as Reeve would say, ‘Ahh-mean!)

In whatever way you may be celebrating Labor Day, I pray God will bless you and those children he has placed in your life to nurture and love…

Sue Reeve

 

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Grandma Reflections on a Special Day…

Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged… Proverbs 17:6 (NLT)

     Sunday, September 4th, our family celebrated our youngest grandchild’s first birthday. Lots of love and laughter filled the time we spent honoring Reeve Benjamin.

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Guess which football team this family loves? Reeve’s birthday lunch included a “hawk”dog bar with blue and green frosted cupcakes for dessert!

     The day Reeve made his debut, Ron and I watched his “big” sister Emalynn. We spent time playing at the park, and took her to Starbucks for a cake pop. (When I asked Emmi if she wanted a pink or brown cake pop, she chided me with 4-year-old disdain, “Grandmaaa, don’t you know? Brown is for boys, and pink is for girls!” This was knowledge Grandma didn’t possess!)

     Our son-in-law texted a picture of his newly born son from the delivery room. When I showed it to Emmi, she exclaimed, “Ohhh, I love him!” Her sentiment that day was mine exactly, and the love has kept growing this past year.

     Each one of my five grandchildren is special and unique. Each is healthy. Each is bright. Not one of them is perfect, but when I look at them, all I see is perfection.

     Sometimes I’ve dared to wonder if that’s how God sees me!

     Reeve has bright blue eyes. His hair is finally emerging, and if not red, it’s heavy with red highlights! He seems to have an easy-going disposition, although sometimes I wonder if his baby sweetness may turn into little-boy mischievousness, matching the color of his hair!

     My youngest grandson loves to be held and is a ‘cuddle-bug,’ unlike his older sister who was always raring to go! Reeve likes it when I sing to him, hold him close or when Grandpa Ron whispers in his ear or tickles him with his beard. He smiles a lot. He takes long naps and sleeps through the night. He’s been in no hurry to roll over, sit, crawl or walk. People often refer to him as “chill!”

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Reeve didn’t like his sticky fingers, but that didn’t stop him from diving into his first birthday cake!

     I don’t know what the road ahead will be like for Reeve. I don’t know what kind of student he’ll be. I don’t know what special talents and abilities lay within this little guy. I don’t know what the world will be like when my grandson grows into a man. I don’t know what joys and sorrows, successes and failures Reeve will experience.

     Even though Reeve’s life journey is filled with many unknowns, there are things I believe for Reeve, even as I’ve believed for my daughters and other four grandkids.

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This Radio Flyer stroller/trike, a gift from his Grammy Sharon and Grandpa Dennis, is beyond cute!

     God created them inside and outside. While they were being knit together in their mama’s wombs, God saw them. Their design is wonderful! (See Psalm 139:15)

  • God was aware of their days before their conception, throughout their earthly days and into eternity, and God’s plans for them are good. (See Psalm 139:16 & Jeremiah 29:11)
  • God cares about their physical, social, intellectual and spiritual development. Of the child Jesus, Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.”
  • There is a real enemy who would like to destroy the well-being of my grandkids. This realization always reminds me of a question Satan asked      God concerning the good man, Job: “Have You not made a hedge [of protection] around him…?” (Job 1:10) I imagine God can build that same hedge around my loved ones.

     My grandkiddos can be assured these beliefs are held firmly in their Grandma’s heart. And, as long as I’m alive and able, I’ll love them, thank God for the treasures they are and pray for their wellbeing and safety. I’ll ask God to bless Sydney, Mackenzie, Jackson, Emalynn and Reeve physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

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There’s nothing much sweeter than observing a mama’s heart toward her child. Here, Reeve wears the number of the Seahawks quarterback. Emmi was miffed when she learned her baby brother wouldn’t be named ‘Russell Wilson!’

     On Sunday, September 4th, this grandma made her grandma requests to God with a little extra fervency and deep appreciation for the gift of Reeve Benjamin!

     Happy birthday, Lil’ Dude!

     No matter who the special children are in your life, I’m praying God will bless them in extra special ways today….

Sue Reeve

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