Gabriel at ten

  • Jan 16, 2012

Perhaps the best way to illustrate Gabriel’s personality is through his interactions with Mary. Endlessly patient, he includes her in games with his friends, reads her stories on dark nights and constantly sets her to giggles with silly songs, wild dances and endless jokes that only the two of them seem to understand.


My two January babies share a bedroom (yes, Mary has a pink room that sits empty) and their laughter often keeps the older kids awake. I’ll have to split them up eventually, but not yet.







Wondering how he might change, I wrote about Gabriel on his seventh birthday (wow, those photos are overphotoshopped) and made this list:

1. sleeps with Baby Bear

2. takes Jedi Training very seriously

3. curls into my lap during family prayer

4. eats Frosted Mini Wheats every morning and carefully turns each square sugar-side up

5. sings and dances with wild abandon

6. refuses fruit unless under great coercion–Aha! He eats apples and bananas these days.

7. insists on a chapter of Harry Potter every night– reads a chapter of the Book of Mormon with great dramatics.

And only mom is allowed to call him Gaby-baby (always).

Phew, he hasn’t changed as much as I’d thought.


Since they were so sweet for photos, I bought these two a cream puff on the way home. They shared so nicely (you should see my car!).



Darling Gabriel, no matter how many decades you age, may your Christlike heart remain the same.
January 13, 2012
January 18, 2012



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    The Planet Pink

    January 16, 2012

    I just love your family. Truly. It’s amazing to see how your young man has grown, and yet stayed the same. Happy birthday to him.

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    January 16, 2012

    Happy Birthday to that darling boy! And that sibling bond is something else. I have two that have something similar and it is so wonderful to watch. I love it and it drives me crazy at times (they are LOUD!). Love, love, love those photos.

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    January 16, 2012

    They are little BFFs. Happy Birthdays to them!

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    January 16, 2012

    These pictures are full of so much happy emotion. Those two sibs have amazing synergy together. How lucky to have each other. Looking forward to seeing you in the morning. xo

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    January 16, 2012

    I love it when siblings are best buds. Wonderful photos!

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    January 16, 2012

    Oh big huge puffy heart love him. And this. And everything here. That picture of the kiss = frame now. xoxo

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    January 16, 2012

    Just warms up my heart!! Happiest birthday to Gabe.

    And thanks for sharing. This made my day.

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    January 17, 2012

    I’ve always thought Gabe and Mary were twins…just born 2 years apart! I LOVE Gabe, he has more personality than any other 10 year old I know!Happy Birthday Gabe!

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    Jan Russell

    January 17, 2012

    I want my October babies to be JUST LIKE THEM!!! Such beautiful, beautiful children. I hope Gabe had a super special day feeling celebrated and loved for all that he is!

    …your baby boy. I am still holding onto those words, and so glad you shared them with me when I was struggling with Graham being a big brother.