Caleb turned 11 on Sunday, April 24, 2011. Since Easter fell on his birthday this year, he decided he wanted to celebrate on Monday, April 25th instead so that the entire day would be about him. He even enjoyed designing his own birthday cake, and I did my best to follow the design. We had breakfast, and then he was ready to open presents and have cake. We enjoyed no school that day and spent the morning relaxing (mommy cleaning). After lunch, we all got ready and headed to Oso Creek Trail in Mission Viejo which was the outing Caleb requested. He wanted to spend as long as possible looking for creatures. I was amazed that with a little net he managed to catch a few fish. He released them as soon as he finished observing them, but he was definitely pleased. Even though dinner was quickly approaching, he could have stayed another few hours.
Eleven years ago, the birth of Caleb started me on the most challenging and rewarding work possible - motherhood. He made becoming a mother so easy and joyful. As I watch him grow, I am often amazed at the person he is becoming. He loves Jesus. He loves his family. He loves his church and serving others. Each week he volunteers in the 3 year old class at church and from what I've heard, they all love him. He often is my extra hand when I need help. He willingly helps out in the kitchen and will do other tasks without complaining. He loves anything outdoors, and I think he might live outside all the time if given the chance. Happy 11th Birthday, Caleb! We love you!