Since birth I've known that Corbyn is someone incredible, a blessing in so many ways, and a true gift. Born at only 5 pounds, 4 ounces...extremely jaundiced, cord wrapped twice around neck, and would have been still born had I waited much longer to deliver him due to me being eclamptic. Poor kid had a rough 3 day labor with his momma, and did so wonderfully through it all...it was then I knew God had a very special plan for him.
Since his birth I have wrangled this high energy boy many a days, trying to keep up with him...which seemed to be impossible some days. I have watched him grown, getting compliment after compliment on how handsome he is. How polite he is. How caring he is. Corbyn from early on has been incredibly smart. He loves science, and anything having to do with building, invention, or just being creative. It amazes me and excites me to see his passion for those things. He would much rather be given a giant box of pipes, tools, wood, and miscellaneous parts to create something from his imagination (usually a contraption that serves a purpose) than sit and play video games all day. He loves being outside and playing sports. Let me just say this kid has quite an arm and can throw!!! He's awesome at karate. He's just awesome in general.
I've watched this boy over the past couple years in school (he's in 2nd grade) take an interest in others. In kindergarten there was a little girl in his class that didn't have the best home life, which affected her school experience. In the beginning of the school year she would cry a lot, and Corbyn expressed that she was annoying him with her tears. I quickly shared with Corbyn that maybe God placed that little girl in his class just so he could share God's love with her. We discussed that maybe she wasn't receiving all the love she needed at home. Well for the rest of the year Corbyn took it upon himself to make this girl that not many played with his friend. Taking her a notebook & colored pencils so they could both have something to color with at recess, because he knew she liked to color. I would often hear her say to me how nice Corbyn was to her which warmed my heart for both her and because I was proud of my son. And this past year in his first grade class there was almost the same situation with a little boy who didn't have very many friends. Corbyn chose to write him letters (something they did several times a week to other classmates), when I asked him why he chose this boy...he responded that no one ever writes to him and he wanted to encourage him. That little boy also told me numerous times while I was volunteering in class that Corbyn was his friend and how nice he was to him.
Corbyn & I have talked many times about acceptance and what it means to be a friend. We discussed loving everyone, and not to disclude anyone. We've also talked many times about what good character is, and what makes God happy from our actions towards others. Well once again he's in a class where there is a little boy he's helping. I had his parent teacher conference today and she had shared this several weeks ago but shared again that she gave Corbyn the responsibility of helping another student who is struggling. She said it just touches her heart to see how Corbyn helps him, and how much he cares. He's constantly helping or willing to help with everything in class. He's also taken items to school from home for others in class that didn't have their own, because he thought that everyone should have their own.
This kid just blows me away constantly! Sure I have days where I think how will I keep up with this kid. Then I have way more days like today where I think God how could you possibly have given us a better kid, it isn't possible...he's the best there is! He asks me all the time, "what should I be when I grow up?" I always answer he could be whatever he wants because he's so smart and passionate. But in my heart I know that God has given this boy a heart for others, I say it all the time! I don't know maybe he'll be a missionary, or a pastor...who knows maybe even the scientist who cures cancer! Whatever his path is, I know he'll be wonderful at it. I just pray that his desire to love others continues to grow, because it's such an incredible gift. I couldn't be more proud of the young man he's growing into. I always am. I definitely don't want my baby to grow up, but man I can't wait to see this boy turn into an amazing man of God!
P.S. He got straight A's on his report card!