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Number 6 January 6, 2010

Filed under: S6 — jps23 @ 6:14 pm

Our children’s minister, and one of my best friends, walked into the nursery one day and said, “Oh, hey number six!”  Of course, the very attentive and loving caregivers were mortified that she called him by number, but it was all in fun.  It kind of stuck, and he gets called ‘Number 6′ quite often.  God certainly gave him what he needs as number six in this family.  The boy lets nothing, and I mean NOTHING, get in his way.  I recently watched him run after S5, hanging on to S5’s backpack that he wears all the time, determined to get the book that S5 would not share with him. Our sixth child is a force to be reckoned with.   A lot of people think that in a large family, it’s not fair to the kids, especially the younger ones that don’t get enough attention. Let me assure you, my friends, God gave him the personality that refuses to be overlooked.  Superman’s grandmother had these beautiful name prints done for us for Christmas two years ago with each of the kids’ names and a description of each child. This was S6’s, and although he was still growing and being formed by our Maker, this description couldn’t have been more accurate…

“A true instigator, this child loves to get into everything. Always on the go, he is hard to keep up with. He will later transfer his energy to more lucrative pursuits. Enthusiastic and ready to lend a hand, he makes a good friend.”

Ironically, he adores the new baby.  Every chance he gets, he comes over to S7 and gently leans his head into the baby’s space and softly pats his head.  He LOVES his little brother.  Not aggressive at all.  He even likes to hold him.  He also likes anything the boys like.  Some days I think he really likes the toy, and other days I think he’s just trying to get things started!  He, too, loves cars.  He really likes being outside.  He thinks he can do anything that the others do, and if he tries it and falls or hurts himself in some way, he simply stands up and dusts the affected part of his body off.  He may be crying, but a simple dusting off makes him all better the way a kiss makes S5 all better.  He likes to dance to music.  He sucks his thumb, which is a first in our family, and he loves his blankets.  He has to have one when he goes to bed, and he hugs it tightly for a few minutes when he wakes.  He also drags them all over the house, which tells me how bad I am at sweeping and cleaning the floors!  He’s stocky, and he has wrapped his arms around and lifted his oldest brother before, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays some contact sport one day.  He smiles a lot, except when he is giving you his brow-down stare, which often makes me think he is thinking “Are you kidding me?”  He could be a handful one day.  Maybe Jesus will get a hold of him first!

His shirt says "HELLO, my name is TROUBLE"

He always looks like he's up to something!

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