Here we are again! You are having ANOTHER birthday. I’ll tell you this…the older you get the faster birthdays seem to appear. But today (9/6) is your fifth birthday. It hardly seems possible that 5 years ago we were waiting for your arrival. From the minute I saw you, I Ioved you. You immediately became #myfavoriteredhead!
We have had some fun times this past year. You love to spend the night with Nanna and Poppo, BUT you also don’t want to stay too long because you love to be at home with your family. When your daddy was about your age, he always wanted all the family to be at our home when it got dark. You are like your daddy in that way.
Nanna has been teaching you to sew and you are doing such a great job. You like to do crafts with Nanna too. She LOVES that. You and Ellie are going to be her crafting buddies. So far, you have made a pillow and blanket for your baby dolls and a small purse.
You enjoy going to the aquarium in Gatlingburg and we took you to Santa Land this summer with Hudson, Ellie and Benny. That was a lot of fun for all of us. My daddy (Popple) took me to Santa Land 50 years ago. I took your daddy when he was a kid and now I’ve taken you. Nanna and I look forward to our adventures with you and you always bring such joy to us.
Turning 5 is a BIG DEAL and you have been looking forward to it for most of this past year. We had a big party yesterday (9/5) with your family and friends to celebrate. We had princess cake and a princess castle bounce house. It was a fun day and you were so happy to turn 5!
Let me tell you something about 5. Five is a very important number in the Bible. The number 5 symbolizes God’s grace and goodness toward us. Five, multiplied by itself is 25 which is “grace upon grace” (John 1:16). The Ten Commandments contains two sets of 5 commandments. The first five commandments teach us about our relationship with God. The second five teach us about our relationship with others.
In the Old Testament, there are 5 primary types offerings God commanded Israel to bring to Him. The Book of Psalms is divided into 5 major sections. There are 5 books of God’s Law and the 4 Gospels plus the book of Acts is called the “New Testament Pentateuch.” Pentateuch means 5. Those 5 books teach us about all the things that Jesus did and how He wants us to live.
So turning 5 really is a special thing. When I think about you, I see the grace of God in your personality. You love everybody and you are extremely caring about people. Recently, there was a little girl in your preschool who was upset because she missed her mommy. She was crying and having a really bad day. You went over to her, put your arm around her and consoled her and told her everything would be ok. She calmed down and you played with her until she started to feel better. You demonstrated the grace of God to that little girl.
I’ve seen you do that to all of us. You seem to always think of others before yourself. That is a characteristic of God’s grace toward us. God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to die on the cross so that we could have a relationship with Him. God shows us His grace every single day. My prayer for you is that you continue to grow in His grace and that you continue to show that grace to all the people you meet.
I think year 5 is going to be a big year for you. I can’t wait to see all the ways God will help you grow. You are growing physically — it’s hard to call you #LittleBit now because you are getting bigger and bigger. But you will always be Poppo’s Little Bit. No matter what you do or where you go, Poppo and Nanna will always love you. You can always count on us to be there to love and support you — even when I don’t agree with the choices you might make.
God’s grace reminds me that God can’t not love me. That’s not good grammar, but it is really good theology! It reminds me that God’s love for me is not based on my performance. It is based on His character. That’s the kind of love I want to have for you, Hudson, Ellie and Benny. No matter what…Poppo will always love you.
Enjoy your day and let’s enjoy year number 5!