About our 11 year old.

This boy never ceases to amaze us.
He has a unique view on life.
Refreshing at best, nearly always positive
{unless we are taking away something he enjoys}.

While little brother would go out for lunch (from school) every single day,
 this one...not so much.  It is his only recess time you know,
and he sits with his buddies at lunch. 
But, he agreed today.
We talked ISTEP and math bowl, and a new Mario Chess Set he is wanting.
We talked basketball and summer plans
and a museum near Yellowstone that his class is skyping right now.

This time with this 11 year old going on a teenager is so very valuable.

He is mostly quiet but when he talks we listen
he has great questions, love helping him figure out this thing called life.

He has been loving his new shelves that DH built.
He loves arranging and rearranging his favorite treasures.

He had very hard questions about the election.
He watches much on Channel 1 at school, he enjoyed discussing it with DH and I.
He had opinions and that matters, I want to encourage him in this!

He has been reading the bible a lot in church and although that is hard to photograph,
 I want to remember that. He enjoys Sunday School, especially the material that looks like a comic book.  He asked about baptism the other night, we answered
opened it up for when he is ready - he said not quite, but he is thinking about it on his own.
There is no better reward than that.

He had a great time at Escape for a buddy's birthday.

Laughed when I got these pics.
He said that guy was scary at first, but then he talked to us and was pretty cool (LOL)

Feel asleep with his Angry Birds blanket from Aunt Christine, still a favorite years later.

Can be found most of the time without his shirt...
and can get comfortable anywhere in this house.
It is his, you know.

He spends much time at his new desk, purchased a lego set
with his birthday money and had it put together a hour later.

He has worked hard at learning his bible verses for Bible Memory Camp this summer.
He learned this page and recited them last Sunday.
16 verses all at one time.  He does that twice. 
He is VERY efficient at it, when he get over the fact that he has to do it.

And this, can still be found in the red room surrounded by Lego's
if he is given longer than one hour at home. 
His brother joins every single time he can, they can play Lego's for hours.

Raising an 11 year old is everything I thought it would be
and then some.
He is developing his personality,
he is gaining confidence every day, and challenges his parents every day.
He loves with all of his heart, if he has let you in there.
This is one special 11 year old, so proud that God has chosen us to raise him.