At 11 years old, Zeke:
~is our unofficial neighborhood ambassador...he knows more people in the Westwood area than I do!
~makes friends easily and seems to be sensitive to the needs of others. He has the gift of hospitality.
~thinks deeply about some things and sometimes he can be so stuck on one thought that he can't focus on what he should be doing
~chose carrot cake for his birthday dessert and chicken wild rice soup for his birthday dinner (he also requested french toast sticks for breakfast, which I indulged in...yum!)
~is our least picky eater and is usually very willing to try new foods
~enjoys a huge variety of activities from playing in the woods with our neighbors to playing xBox with his siblings
~still has asthma and struggles to remember his daily (long-acting) inhaler
~seems to have difficulty sleeping (side effects of taking/not taking the inhaler???)
~enjoys IEW (our writing class...iew.com) the most in school and says that "probably math" is his least favorite subject, but I think he forgot about spelling. :) Correction: he says "Spelling is good, I like it." We use All About Spelling now, and I wish we had found that 6 years ago!
~has an inquisitive mind and is pretty good at figuring things out if I leave him alone
~would like to go mountain climbing, or just tree climbing, if he could go anywhere in the world
~wants to be a "night guard" when he grows up (he said, "I like staying up, and it would be fun to walk around with a flashlight...")
~wears a size 10 pants and size 12-ish shirts, and I think size 7.5 in men's shoes
I gave Zeke a game called "Dragonology" for his birthday. It is based on a book by the same name that Patrick's family gifted to our family a few years ago, and the boys have really enjoyed. It is a pretty neat game. I also found a similar book called "Piratology." We recently had a brief study of pirates in our survey of American History and Zeke really seemed to like it. He loves the book. There are so many things to read.
I just think these pictures are too adorable. Zeke and Mercy were on the couch for a while, and I was sitting in the rocking chair doing some hand stitching. I was compelled to grab my camera to preserve the moment (sure wish I was compelled more often!).
Happy Birthday, Zeke buddy...I know that you didn't get to do *everything* that you hoped to do, but we still tried to make it special. I pray that God will keep you throughout the next year!