I am so proud of this boy! Yes, my oldest son is now 15 years old. He has changed so much this year, and I love, enjoy, and appreciate him more every day. When he was a baby, I remember one of our O’Brien relatives telling me, “Oh, I know you love and enjoy that little baby. But just wait! It gets better and better!” That is so true! It is such a blessing to see my kids grow up and follow Christ–there is nothing better than that!
John has really changed this year. He is not the quiet, self-conscious boy that he used to be. I think I will always see the last few months as a time when John started settling into himself–feeling comfortable with who he is. Part of that might just be growing up, but a lot of it is Christ working in his life. He will always be a quiet person, but he is also a person with a lot to offer! He is funny–oh, sooo funny–and talented in many areas. He is a very conscientious student and does his very best on every test, every paper, every report. He loves music. That is one area that he discovered about himself this year. He has learned the joy of sitting down at the piano to play “for fun” (i.e. not just to practice a lesson). He has felt the satisfaction of playing in groups and performing for others. And, he has tackled growing musically on his own. Not only is he keeping up with me on the cello just because he wants to (we are both currently beginning level 3 after 5 months of working on it), but he is also tackling the viola and its notorious alto clef! He reads deep books and understands profound truths. We have many discussions every day, and I am always amazed at how he is growing in wisdom and spiritual depth. So, to sum it up, John is just a wonderful young man, and I am proud to call him my son.
John has a busy summer planned. He is going to continue doing his volunteer work with the summer youth program at our local library and will be helping with various aspects of our VBS in June. On top of this, he is working towards getting his learner’s permit and hopes to start driving soon. Like I said earlier, he spends a lot of time each day playing the piano, violin, cello, and viola. Some of it is serious, and some of it is just messing around, but I can tell you that he is growing by leaps and bounds musically. He has a right to be proud of that viola too; he saved his own money to buy that new instrument. Quite a feat for a teen, and I think that speaks well of him.
John, I love you. You are a treasure to this family, and we couldn’t be prouder of who you are!
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