the sixth edition

 
 It's happening. You are seeing the awesome benefits of having a built-in playmate. Sure, you still butt heads (you always will) and there are many moments that highlight the struggle that still exists from being almost three years apart. But it's happening. I'm seeing the change. I often find the two of you busy in an activity together or giggling like wild, engaged in your own world. A world just for two brothers. And I can't wait to see where this goes next. I pray the two of you will always find such comfort and joy in each others presence. 

It's happening. You are seeing the awesome benefits of having a built-in playmate. Sure, you still butt heads (you always will) and there are many moments that highlight the struggle that still exists from being almost three years apart. But it's happening. I'm seeing the change. I often find the two of you busy in an activity together or giggling like wild, engaged in your own world. A world just for two brothers. And I can't wait to see where this goes next. I pray the two of you will always find such comfort and joy in each others presence. 

 The summer heat is making you both crazy! You argue over how to let the goats in the pen, how to pick tomatoes from the garden, where the towels go, which show to watch, how to put swim goggles on, how to swat a fly...I could go on for hours on this lol!!  It’s not actually the heat making you crazy, I think you are just naturally crazy. You probably get it from your Dad’s side of the family!  I hope as you get older you grow to enjoy each other’s company, friendship and can depend on each other when needed. I have a deep bond and friendship with my siblings and I want the same for the both of you.   

The summer heat is making you both crazy! You argue over how to let the goats in the pen, how to pick tomatoes from the garden, where the towels go, which show to watch, how to put swim goggles on, how to swat a fly...I could go on for hours on this lol!!  It’s not actually the heat making you crazy, I think you are just naturally crazy. You probably get it from your Dad’s side of the family!  I hope as you get older you grow to enjoy each other’s company, friendship and can depend on each other when needed. I have a deep bond and friendship with my siblings and I want the same for the both of you.   

 While being total opposites, I can always count on one of you to be the brave one and lead the other where he needs to go. Sometimes this might not be such a good thing, but at others it works perfectly. There’s no doubt the older of you is usually the brave one, but when I need to leave you somewhere and that brave one clings to my leg and refuses to go, the littler of you seems to sense this and marches right in. You call your big brother after you, and he usually obliges. You’re definitely your own personalities, but more connected than I realize sometimes. Less than 2 years apart, and the last two years have been filled with more joy, love, and exhaustion than I would have believed possible. 

While being total opposites, I can always count on one of you to be the brave one and lead the other where he needs to go. Sometimes this might not be such a good thing, but at others it works perfectly. There’s no doubt the older of you is usually the brave one, but when I need to leave you somewhere and that brave one clings to my leg and refuses to go, the littler of you seems to sense this and marches right in. You call your big brother after you, and he usually obliges. You’re definitely your own personalities, but more connected than I realize sometimes. Less than 2 years apart, and the last two years have been filled with more joy, love, and exhaustion than I would have believed possible. 

   
  
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  The month of June brought as much fun as the hot summer months I always dreamt about when I was a child. We have been watching a lot of race car movies, which seem to be a hit with you boys lately. You both got the wild idea to start your own street wars, I laughed as you pretended to check your engines before starting the races. Your daddy looked at me sideways and I knew he was thinking, “too much Fast and Furious”. I couldn't have cared less. I saw that competitive, fun loving, twinkle in both your eyes. The looks on your faces made me run for my camera once again. I knew you were about to get wild! You both looked so tough, but I knew exactly what was going to happen…your big brother would give you a head start and then make sure he went slow enough so that his little sidekick could keep up with him. I just looked on adoringly because I can’t imagine loving you two anymore than I already do.

The month of June brought as much fun as the hot summer months I always dreamt about when I was a child. We have been watching a lot of race car movies, which seem to be a hit with you boys lately. You both got the wild idea to start your own street wars, I laughed as you pretended to check your engines before starting the races. Your daddy looked at me sideways and I knew he was thinking, “too much Fast and Furious”. I couldn't have cared less. I saw that competitive, fun loving, twinkle in both your eyes. The looks on your faces made me run for my camera once again. I knew you were about to get wild! You both looked so tough, but I knew exactly what was going to happen…your big brother would give you a head start and then make sure he went slow enough so that his little sidekick could keep up with him. I just looked on adoringly because I can’t imagine loving you two anymore than I already do.

   
  
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  You would yell after him, “Wait for me! Wait for me!” and he would wait for you to catch up so you could jump in together.

You would yell after him, “Wait for me! Wait for me!” and he would wait for you to catch up so you could jump in together.

   
  
 
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  This image pretty accurately summarizes your personalities. One of you is a rule-follower, perfectly happy to play within the lines, feeling no need to create your own rules. The other one of you is always taking things to the next level, never satisfied with normal, and constantly looking for the next challenge to conquer. Although your personalities are night and day, you are always working together. You have found a way to be content and happy together, and like the gears in your favourite bath toy, you are filling each others gaps to move forward as a team. 

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 Deep meaningful conversations atop some red rock at Red Rock Canyon Open Space (Colorado Springs, CO). I loved watching your excitement for adventure while exploring the beauty in Colorado. And coming from the good old cornfields and dairyland of Wisconsin, being at an elevation of 5,000-7,000 was a whole new experience and outlook for us all!

Deep meaningful conversations atop some red rock at Red Rock Canyon Open Space (Colorado Springs, CO). I loved watching your excitement for adventure while exploring the beauty in Colorado. And coming from the good old cornfields and dairyland of Wisconsin, being at an elevation of 5,000-7,000 was a whole new experience and outlook for us all!

   
  
 
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  You two.  You really amuse yourselves. You can make a game out of anything.  In this case, Chinese food in the food court at the mall became your plaything. One would flick grains of rice at the other while the other tried to deflect the incoming rice with a food tray.  These games always start small and quiet.  By the end of this particular game, you had the attention of all of the patrons of the food court with your wails of joy and laughter (I’m sure the flying rice didn’t help). I know most, if not all, of the people did not approve of your behavior.  I should have been horrified by your undignified public behavior…but I wasn’t.  I was laughing too. I love hearing the two of you laugh so hard that you lose your breath.  That point when your laugh goes silent because you are out of air…I live for that. Were you obnoxious?  Yes.  Were you having more fun than anyone else in the room?  Yes.

You two.  You really amuse yourselves. You can make a game out of anything.  In this case, Chinese food in the food court at the mall became your plaything. One would flick grains of rice at the other while the other tried to deflect the incoming rice with a food tray.  These games always start small and quiet.  By the end of this particular game, you had the attention of all of the patrons of the food court with your wails of joy and laughter (I’m sure the flying rice didn’t help). I know most, if not all, of the people did not approve of your behavior.  I should have been horrified by your undignified public behavior…but I wasn’t.  I was laughing too. I love hearing the two of you laugh so hard that you lose your breath.  That point when your laugh goes silent because you are out of air…I live for that. Were you obnoxious?  Yes.  Were you having more fun than anyone else in the room?  Yes.