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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