THREE YEAR OLD.

Bowen turned three today.

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THREE.

I was just holding him in my arms for the first time, watching his daddy cry happy tears as he looked into his little eyes. That was just yesterday, right? RIGHT? I am not even sure how to handle these emotions. He is the sweetest, kindest, funniest, most loving child on earth. We are so proud of him.

This year was a big one for him, as he shifted from being an only child to being the big brother, and he has filled that role beautifully. Even though I was so incredibly excited to welcome Mera, I was still so nervous about adding to our little family and rocking his world completely. But, just like that, he transitioned into his new role more smoothly than I had ever thought possible. 

He constantly surprises us with his knowledge (like how he knows every single dinosaur species, most of which I can't even pronounce.. hello future paleontologist) and wit (funniest kid there is). His personality is big and contagious. When he smiles you have to smile (discipline is challenging at times here because he is smart and knows how to say just the right funny things when its time out time). 

He currently loves dinosaurs more than life, along with power rangers, but only the dino charge series because, well, dinosaurs. Dinosaur train (do you see a pattern here?) and tried and true Daniel Tiger. He loves to shout "AMEN!" at the end of prayer time (sometimes before the prayer is done- still working on that...) He loves music and he loves to dance (especially in the kitchen so he can shout at our Google Home "GOOKLE, pay moosic so we can dance!") His current favorite songs are "What a Beautiful Name" by Hillsong, the Power Rangers Dino Charge theme song, and Skillets "The Resistance" because (surprise, surprise) its the theme song on his favorite dinosaur video.

He is a great big brother and loves to help with and love on Mera Quinn. He loves when she is awake, saying "Mama, Daddy, Mewakin is openin hur eyes!!" He says the funniest things and I write them all down (Bowenisms, if you don't follow along on Facebook, you should bc they are comedic gold. Plan to make a few bowenism posts here soon as well). His favorite time of day is when daddy gets home from work. Even though I swore my children would never eat them, his current favorite food is a cherry pop tart (or as he calls them "bob carts". There is a funny Bowenism post to be read on this). He doesn’t like chocolate and he will still take fruit over candy any day (small victories, right?) 

We can not get enough of this kid. Just when I think I could not possibly love him more if I tried, tomorrow arrives and somehow I do. The Lord blesses us in ways we never thought possible through Bowen. While we love him more than anyone has ever loved anything, Jesus loves him EVEN MORE, and our prayer for him above all else is that he will choose to follow Jesus all the days of his life, putting Him first always. That is a hard prayer to pray sometimes, knowing Jesus could call him to the ends of the earth one day to spread the Gospel and His love. But still we pray it because we know that the most important thing in this world is to follow Jesus, wherever that takes us. 

Happy third birthday little love. This weekend, we will party the day away "Three- Rex" style with all your favorite things and people while I do my best not to cry the whole time. No promises. 

 

Here are some of our favorite "bowengrams" over the years and his year three video. 

|| Cute side note on the beginning clip, he is saying "It's BO BO TIME!" He used to call himself bo bo and we caught him saying this in his carseat one night. So, now it will forever be the start of every yearly videos, even when he is fifteen. ||

Hope you can watch without crying because Lord knows I can't. Good luck.