Our Will

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Splendor in the grass

Will is such a kind and sweet kid.  I don't blog about him as much as the other peanuts because he is older and prefers a little more privacy. He is so photogenic and is almost always willing to let me practice my photography skills on him. It is hard to take a bad picture of Will (and I think he is supposed to be in that  pre-teen "awkward phase").

When he comes home from school, he almost always asks,"Mom, how was your day?" or "Did you have a good day, Mom?"  If I had a rough day, he will have a tea party with Kate to keep her busy while I clean up or cook dinner.  He is so mature, thoughtful and considerate. When my back and neck are hurting, he will pick up Kate and carry her for me. He was a hyper and wiggly little guy so it is amazing to see him blossom into such a self-less, giving and kind pre-teen.  I cannot even begin to tell you how proud I am of you, Will.  I don't know how you have grown up so quickly.  It seems like yesterday you were 2 and now you are almost 12!

One funny story....The day after Will had been away at a camp for week (eating off his diet and getting little sleep) he had to take a standardized test for admission to a private Christian school.  I knew it was not the best day but he is a very bright kid, he usually tests very well and I had no choice.  Anyway, the test involved an essay.  Will was asked to write about a hobby he would like to try but never has never had the opportunity.  He chose to write about shooting things (paintball and skeet).  I laughed so hard (inside) as he told me the detail with which he described his essay on how he would really like to try shooting hobbies because he has never been able to do them.  (I never allowed play guns and we don't hunt---I only recently allowed nerf guns). Dave and I can just picture the admissions board reading it and thinking "yeah, like we want this kid who is fascinated with shooting!"   The irony is that Will had no idea that might not be what a school would want to read.  Even more ironic is that Will is so gentle and loving.  Oh well, luckily we applied to several schools for him:)

37 comments:

  1. Will sure is a handsome young man! I have a son who is very thoughtful and tenderhearted, always has been and he is almost 24 now! We are pretty close. I can see why you are so proud of him!

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  2. what an awesome boy!! hmm...i mean, young man!
    xo

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  3. WIll is a very good looking kid! Maybe he just won't have an awkward phase, and he will be so lucky if he doesn't! It sounds like you a raising a kind, considerate boy, and I wish more parents raised kids like that.

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  4. One of the best gifts in the world is a big brother!!!!!
    Will is a testament to loving and kind parents!!!!
    Fabulous photo Kim!!!! My guess is that Christian School will be thrilled to have such a great kid in amongst their students!!! He's a keeper!

    Blessings,
    Diana

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  5. Our oldest is much the same as your Will, such a BLESSING to have a son that obviously loves his mama!
    And he is quite handsome as well... what a smile!

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  6. WOW. Awesome picture, what a handsome guy you have there. LOL @ the shooting things essay, that's pretty funny!

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  7. An amazing photo of Will. He is so handsome and blossoming into a wonderful young man! You should be one proud Mommy! Too funny with the admissions essay:)

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  8. What a sweet, considerate, loving, HANDSOME young man! Good luck with the school apps.

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  9. What a great photo of such a wonderful son!

    Janet

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  10. I've always thought Will was such a handsome boy, he is just going to make the girls swoon as he gets older (if he doesn't already). His personality is a lot like my oldest daughters, with that gentle compassionate nature. Beautiful photo of him!

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  11. Great story! He sounds like my #1 (who is 14). Also, wonderful photo - my son grimaces when I try to take his picture!

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  12. He is indeed a handsome one. I know you are so proud to be his Mommy. That is hysterical about the essay. We are a "no gun" kind of a family also. We have enough things in this world to worry about as parents. Take care.

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  13. What a beautiful photo! He sounds like such a lovely young man. I wonder if it is the trait of the oldest...Hillary is a lot like Will. From the time she was born, she just had such a loving, giving spirit and seemed so in tune with the emotions of others. When I was having a rough day, she'd make a cup of tea and put it down on the table in front of me...without saying a word..and she was about Will's age. I think what Diana said was true...he's a testament to his mom and dad's loving parenting.

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  14. Will is such a precious boy! Surely any school worth its salt would jump at the opportunity to have him as a part of their student body. I bet that the school recognizes his essay as unprompted by a parent and appreciates his fresh, open manner.

    By the way, I feel the same way about guns as you, but my Will certainly made plenty of guns using his Legos when he was younger.

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  15. Will is darling! You must be so proud! I love that picture...you WILL be fighting off those girls :)

    Thanks for your sweet message yesterday!

    Jen

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  16. He sounds like such a wonderful young man:)
    oh the gun story is too funny though! I am the same way about any toys resembling guns.

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  17. Hysterical shooting story! Maybe he could have in in-person interview too? :) The picture is GREAT! He is very handsome- those eyes!!!

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  18. He's sounds like a wonderful boy. I tried keeping gun toys away from my son and I got a call from pre-school one day telling me he was using play bananas to shoot people. He also had very very limited tv viewing so I'm thinking it's boy dna.

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  19. Your Will sounds a lot like my G. What a great young man.

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  20. love the pic of your handsome little man.... He is just too sweet!

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  21. He is such a good looking kid, sweet guy.
    That story IS funny about a hobby he'd like to try...he he. I wonder what they thought about it. I would've like to have seen their faces while they read it.

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  22. What a beautiful soul : ) Love this picture of him.
    My boys went through a phase where they got in to paintball guns. They loved it.I found it pointless but boys will be boys I guess : )
    Very sweet post.
    I hope you are feeling well my friend.

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  23. What a great young guy your Will is! I can just imagine what a help and encouragement he is to you. He is such a handsome chap and you caught that so well in this photo!
    That is funny about the essay...."to the pure, all things are pure" :)

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  24. Oh that is to funny about the essay....Nick would have probably written something similar. His Dad is a big hunter....which I always hated. Growing up, none of the men in my family ever hunted, so I guess I just didn't get the whole thing..... Anyway....gorgous picture of Will....such a handsome boy!

    Lisa

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  25. What a great picture of your sweet pre-teen. He is just adorable.

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  26. What a handsome sweet son you have! Love the pic!

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  27. Cutie patootie! He has very soulful eyes. What a sweet young man to be so kind and caring. I know you are so proud. Any school would be lucky to have him!

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  28. He is going to make some lucky lady a WONDERFUL husband!! You have done well with all your children. His picture is priceless!!!

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  29. Will is such a handsome guy. You must be sooooo proud of him!

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  30. Not only is he stunningly good looking, but he has the heart to match!

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  31. Watch out ladies!! He is too cute. I hope he had difficulties when he was 9 because my 9 year is having such emotional times now. I need hope! I am going to e-mail you tomorrow...

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  32. He is very handsome.....and what a sweet nature....Daniel was very concerned about me yesterday...and wanted to stay with me most of the day.....he even snuggled in bed with me because he knew I was hurting so bad.

    Darling picture Kim....

    Hugs,
    Steffie

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  33. i love the picture. He really is very...handsome (i wanted to say pretty oops!). I really love how dark his hair is against the light skin. i just adore that look. He sounds like such a blessing to have as a son. Good luck on getting into the school of choice!

    <3 amy

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  34. What a sweet adorable child! Any school that doesn't take him isn't worthy of him!!!!! btw - did he get accepted there - or you probably won't know until Spring Break. I hate that waiting - we're going to have to go through that with college next year. sooooo scary.

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  35. Love this picture of Will. He's such a handsome young man and he really seems to have a heart of gold.

    Gin =)

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  36. How adorable is he! My goodness he's just so cute! As a mother of boys, I too know how they just melt your heart! He sounds like a doll!

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  37. What a handsome young man and I love how you shared his spirit. All we can do is love, guide and be there for them. Looks like you are both blessed and lucky with one another.

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