This first one is called a "Bio Poem". Each line follows a template that the kids filled in with their own personal details. I love how these few phrases truly capture my boy. A snapshot of his heart.
Nice, smart, strong, red-head
Sibling of three sisters
Who cares about the safety of the U.S.A.
Who feels good about his friends
Who needs good friends
Who gives support to his two gymnasts
Who fears blackouts
Who would like to see Alcatraz
Resident of Grand Junction, Colorado
In particular, I am a little partial to his description of being nice ... he IS a nice boy. He doesn't have a mean bone in his body! I also love his nod to his sisters ... he is one of their most enthusiastic cheerleaders! He is our social kid which is revealed in the lines about his friends and he is currently in the trenches of learning about the importance of being a good friend and choosing good friends. As for the Alcatraz bit ... can you guess what books he's brought home from his most recent library trips? You got it.
I hope that he will always see his life through these few words: nice, smart, strong, supportive, a friend, caring and authentic.
This next one is from Norah and it brought tears to my eyes when I read it. Sitting there in the midst of her fall parent/teacher conference. In front of her teacher. Whew! My little girl is significantly older than her mere 8 years. I love how this poem taps into the depth of her heart and gives us a little snapshot of her spirit.
I feel so high
I'm a hawk in the sky
Over a world of green
The grass is sweeping
The willow trees weeping
As the bees bring honey to me
My heart full of rapture
My voice full of joy
I need nothing but the sky
I need grass and trees
And honey bees
But mostly I need
I have so many hopes and dreams for my baby girl ... but they don't even begin to compare with what God has in store for her! It is a privilege to watch my girl take flight and soar.
And here are my two cents about hope ...
Hanging on to what we know of God.
Overcoming fears and doubt.
Patiently waiting for promises fulfilled.
Experiencing His pleasure as we seek Him.
"May the God of hope grant that my children may
overflow with hope and hopefulness
by the power of the Holy Spirit."