Posted by: Tricia | August 4, 2011

Four!

Elliott Keene Welch, you are FOUR!  I cannot believe it.  Four just seems so old!  Where do I begin?  This year has been an exciting one and we have so enjoyed watching you learn new things and grow more mature in so many areas of your life.  You have such a vibrant and infectious personality!  You are very passionate about lots of things and it isn’t hard to get you excited about even the smallest details in life.  You use your whole body to talk, and often say things like “This is the best day ever!” or “That is so COOL!

You are a talker!  Things haven’t changed one bit in your short life. Since the day you started talking, you haven’t stopped.  You talk to me all day long.  At times it can be overstimulating,  but I try to listen as best as I can to every little word you tell me and savor the sweetness of being your best friend.  Because it won’t be long before you probably won’t want to tell me everything about your day!

You are so smart!  You LOVE to learn.  You’re like a little sponge soaking up all the information you can get and you hold onto it so well.  You do not forget many facts or details that you come across. You have always been a lover of words, but recently you started really getting into learning math.  You took a math class this year and loved it!  One day, while we were driving to the museum I told you about a new kind of math called multiplication.  Within minutes you grasped the concept and started answering multiplication problems correctly, working the math in your head!  You are absolutely astonishing!

You still adore dinosaurs.  Every time we visit the library we check out a different book about dinosaurs.  You can’t get enough of them!  I am still amazed at how you can remember so many details about each of the dinosaurs.  You know what they ate, how big they were, and what makes each of them special.  You can even pronounce their names correctly…usually better than I can!

You also love all things having to do with pirates.  One day as we were headed out to the hardware store you asked if you could wear your pirate costume and I said “of course.”  You received lots of attention and the man behind the counter taught you a funny pirate joke.  It’s one of your favorites now!

What’s a pirate’s favorite letter?  ARRRRRR!

It was only fitting that you should have your very own pirate party for your 4th birthday.  It was awesome and you had a blast!

You have never been a big fan of swimming.  You enjoy hanging out on the steps or near the pool, but you have always been cautious in the water, never wanting us to let go of you even when you’re wearing floaties.  You took swimming lessons early this summer which helped you get a little more comfortable in the water.  Then, Grandma bought you a PuddleJumper!  This turned out to be a miracle worker because now you are like a little fish in the water!  You love the freedom it gives you to paddle around the pool and I am loving it, too.  You still want us to catch you if you jump in from the side, but I think it won’t be long before you’re brave enough to go at it on your own.


You really have become quite the artist.  Your drawings are getting better and better.  I love how creative you are with a blank piece of paper and that you prefer that over a coloring book.  Last week you attended a VBS at different church and the teacher kept going on about how artistic you are.  Apparently you inherited the gift from your daddy and your grandfathers.

My oh my…you have become very picky about food this year!  Your list of acceptable foods has slowly been whittled down to next to nothing.  Your favorites include macaroni and cheese (but now you’re even picky about this one!  You prefer the “yellow cheese” kind out of the box!), strawberries, grilled cheese, pasta with red sauce, pizza, bbq chicken, pei wei noodles, strawberries, frozen grapes, and cereal.  There are virtually no vegetables that you will eat but you are always required to try some of what we’re having for dinner.  You tolerate broccoli and red bell peppers the best.  Of course, your all-time favorite food is none other than….ICE CREAM!!!  Say the word and you start bouncing around with excitement.  I can’t blame you.  Ice cream is my favorite, too!

Your daddy and I have been praying that you will grow to be a great big brother to Jude; one who is a good example, both in word and deed.  At the moment, the two of you are acting like normal brothers do.  For the most part you are very loving toward Jude, but when he interferes with what you’re doing you are quick to get frustrated.  I agree that it is frustrating, but we are trying to encourage you to love him with brotherly love and outdo him in showing honor.  We are starting to see glimpses of the two of you playing together, unprompted.  It’s sweet and I hope we start to see more and more of this in the coming year!

During the last year you have become more and more interested in learning about God and his Word. We don’t do it every day, but a lot of mornings we have Bible time after Daddy goes to work and you LOVE this. You often ask for it, too.  You especially love our after dinner devotions led by Daddy.  Your understanding of scripture and your ability to retain it is amazing and it brings your Daddy and me so much joy to watch you enjoying the Word. It is our prayer that you will continue to delight in hearing God’s Word and that you will find joy in what pleases Him.

We have been so impressed with how brave you are when you’re not with us. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that you handle all new situations or all new things well (who does?), but your lack of tentativeness when entering the church nursery or spending the night away from home has been such a blessing to us. Last week you attended VBS at a church that isn’t our own and you didn’t hesitate to join right in even though you didn’t know anyone. You LOVED it! And, the thought of spending a night at Grandma’s or Nonnie’s or sleeping away from home on vacation excites you.  You seem to be a born leader, taking on new groups of people and new situations with a confidence that your Dad and I lacked at your age. It’s a good thing because this fall you start preschool! You are more than thrilled about it and I cannot wait to see how you grow and change over the next year as you take on this challenge.

I mentioned before that you possess a certain amount of stubbornness and confidence. It’s these qualities that are the most challenging to us as your parents. Your strong-willed nature has caused your Dad and I both to change a lot about the way we parent. It is a struggle to find the balance between expecting you to behave a certain way while still maintaining a spirit of love and mercy. We are certainly not perfect at it, but we are learning more and more to depend on the Lord to change your heart in many areas. It’s so easy to forget that you are His creation and that he made you to be exactly who you are and that He has a special plan for your life. It isn’t our job to change who you are because He made you for a specific purpose…not just to test us! It is our prayer that he will use your stubbornness for His glory and that you will go forth with confidence for the sake of His name. What great qualities to have if they are used for His glory!

My big boy, you are such a gift to us. Your zest for life and the joy that you bring to our house cannot be quantified. You are amazing and we are so very happy that God chose to give you to us! Happy birthday, to the coolest 4-year-old I know!

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  1. Happy 4th Elliott! We are blessed to know you!

  2. Tricia, this is such a beautiful entry. Thanks for sharing all the details of sweet Elliott’s character. He is fearfully and wonderfully made.


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