My baby boy turned 9 on December 19! I cannot believe he is already 9. It doesn't seem that long ago that I was just holding him in my arms for the first time. Time flies. It is oh so bitter sweet.
Marshall chose some friends to take to Provo to play laser tag and eat pizza for his birthday. Ben, our girls, Sherrie & Terrie (Marshall's Aunts), and I went up to Laser Assault in Provo with Marshall and his friends.
When Marshall got home from school, we started getting ready to head up to his party. He started complaining of feeling sick. I checked his temp, and he had a low grade fever. I gave him medicine, and we gave it a try to go. He did well once the medicine kicked in. He did good up until he came home and got into bed. He started to run a fever again and complaining again. I gave him some medicine and he fevered off and on the next couple of day. Poor little guy. Thank goodness for medicine that kept the fever under control. 3 days later, he is now just coughing and sniffling. Other than that, he is feeling much better.
I think he had a good birthday. He sure is a happy, good kid.
I have been making it a goal of mine to write each person in my family a letter for their birthday. Here is Marshall's letter:
You have a such a special spirit. I don't understand how you are so happy-go-lucky all the time... but you are. I wish I could be half as great as you are. No boy deserves to have gone through all that you have in the short amount of time that you have been on this earth. I am so deeply sorry for the actions I have made in my life that have caused you to hurt. As for the other people that have hurt you, I am deeply sorry. Just remember, it has made you stronger because of it.
You are the cutest boy I know, and you are such a good big brother to your beautiful little sisters. They look up to you so much, and just adore you. I know you will all remain close throughout your lives. Thank you for taking such good care of them, and for looking out for them all the time.
You are a true gentlemen. Ben is teaching you so well. I know that you are seeing how he is with me, and that makes me so happy.
One day after school when you and Madison were walking to our car, you were in front of her, and you turned around and saw that she was struggling to carry all of her papers, her backpack, and her coat. Once you were aware of this station, you turned around and helped her carry her stuff the rest of the way to the car. I honestly don't know any 9 year old boys that would do that for their little sister. Most kids don't recognize that kind of stuff, and would go on their little merry way (in my opinion).
You have such a giving heart.
I am so proud of how well you keep your room clean. Thank you for your help around the house. Thank you for all of your sweet letters that you write me. And thank you for all of the pictures you draw for me. You never fail at letting all of us know just how much you love us.
I love you more than words can express. I will always be here for you. There is nothing that you cannot accomplish without hard work and desire.
You are still so little, and have so much to learn. I promise you that Ben and I will do our best to teach you the the things that you will need to learn to make it in this life. But in the end, it will be up to you where you take your life. I know you will make great decisions and go far in life. Excuse your mistakes. Know you're not perfect, and never will be. Don't kick yourself for too long when you make mistakes. Strive to be better. Say sorry when necessary. And never let past mistakes haunt you and hold you back. Mistakes are a part of life. You will make plenty of them, just as we all have and will continue to do. They are meant to make you a better, stronger person, so let them. Learn from them. Don't let them break you down. You are better than that. Never forget you are strong and capable of anything. The adversary will shout in your ear things that will make you doubt yourself and doubt what is good. Remember where that is coming from. You are a child of God. There is no greater gift. Remember how great you really are. Also, never ever forget just how loved you are. There are so many people who love you so much, and want nothing but the best for you.
I have loved you even before you were here, and I will love you everyday for the rest of forever.