Thursday, April 16, 2015


Dear Mason West,

Today you are four and I have absolutely no idea how that is possible.

You came into the world silent and wide-eyed.  Immediately observant, you say back and "took it all in" from the very beginning.

My smallest baby, you made up for your teeny size with BIG facial expressions. 

You have the BIGGEST and best smile around and your giggles are contagious. 

Your big, brown eyes have an undeniable sparkle...

... a little mischievous twinkle :)

You are messy and wild and SUPER opinionated.

You have a definite flair for the dramatic and we've caught you watching yourself cry in the mirror on multiple occasions :)  

I can't tell you how many times I've been told that you're "the life of the party" :)

Charming and sweet and incredibly strong willed - a combination that makes it difficult for me to discipline you without cracking a smile.  You've already learned flattery and can give a side eye that melts me.

You are the embodiment of spunk.  You love dressing up, playing "baby puppies" and you know EXACTLY how to push Luke's buttons :)

You eat ketchup on EVERYTHING (like, on yogurt)...

... have amazing comedic timing...

... and can win a stare down like nobody's business.  
Case in point:

You know your ABC's and can count to ten (and beyond), but most days when we ask you to recite them you tell us that "you already said them" either at Miss Lisa's, in your dream or while you were playing outside.

You are our entertainer and will do pretty much anything to get a laugh.  This makes my mom-side giggle, but my middle school teacher side cringe. hahaha

You're a free spirit who is ALWAYS ready to bust a move...

 ... and you're ALWAYS up for a wrestling match. Always.

You pick out your own clothes every morning...

... and you wear your shorts backwards every day because you "like them like that".

You can never get enough to drink and tell the LONGEST stories (demanding complete and undivided attention during the entire duration).


You have an impressive vocabulary, using words like explosive and compartment... but it swings both ways, because then you'll turn around and say something like, "This sketti is freaking awesome".  I die.

You ADORE your big brother and dote on your baby sister.  You are ALWAYS willing to share, except when it comes to my side of the bed and the flower pillow.  You want those all to yourself :)

Mason - you make my heart happy.  Your passionate approach to pretty much everything is inspiring and I can't wait to see how God uses your natural charisma and zest for life in your future. 

You give THE BEST kisses, which is great news since you and I have plans to get married ;)  

I love you to the moon and back, Mason West!!!

“Don’t climb on that, don’t break anything, don’t be so aggressive, don’t be so noisy, don’t be so messy, don’t make such crazy risks. But God’s design–which he placed in boys as the picture of himself–is a resounding yes. Be fierce, be wild, be passionate.”
John Eldredge, Wild at Heart


  1. Mason is just one of my favorite people in the world! I cannot believe he is FOUR! Happy Happy Happy Birthday sweet Mason West! We love you!!

  2. Sweetest post ever, Mama!! Love your Mason West!! Hope he has the best day!

  3. This was a memory maker for your little guy. Loved how you added such attributes of his personality as he grew.And, the John Eldredge quote...PERFECT for little boys growing up to by Godly men. Loved that book! Fun post.

  4. This right here made my heart melt! He sounds like an amazing little boy. How lucky are you?! You get to be his mama every day. Happy Birthday Mason!!!

  5. Aw!! Happy Birthday, Mason!! You are the sweetest boy ever!! :)

  6. Happy Birthday to Mason! Your birthday recaps are really special and a great idea to remember these times. Also, Wild at Heart is a fantastic book for understanding a boy's nature and...husband's. ;-)

  7. Happy fourth birthday Mason! I love that you March/strut to the beat of your own drum... Such a fun but caring free spirit. Oh the places that God will take you! God bless!

  8. Happy Happy 4th Birthday Mason!! What an amazing mommy you have ;)

  9. Such a sweet post! I enjoyed looking at all of the pictures! Happy Birthday, Mason!

  10. Oh my, that sounds just like my middle one-my only boy! He's all grown up now (well, mostly) and reading this was like a flashback to this age at our house. He still makes us laugh like crazy!

  11. Love this!!! Mason and my 4 year old are so much alike :) I love how each one of your kiddos has a different personality.

  12. Great post! Happy Birthday Mason! May you never lose your zest for life.

  13. Love this! Wishing you the happiest of birthdays Mason! For a moment there I had to remember you were writing about Mason and about my 3yo Xavier! Wow! They could be twins!

  14. Wow Andrea....I am moved so much by this post!!!!! I have been following you for a long time & I follow on IG as well!! I have a girl & a boy and they are SOOO different!! This post just makes me want to go hug my boy!!! Thank you for this & the quote at the bottom. Be who you are sweet Mason & I hope your Birthday is FANTASTIC!!!!!!


  15. Happy Happy Birthday to your sweet boy...I just adore Mason!!!

  16. What a sweet post! Happy Birthday to your Mason!!

  17. Happy 4th Birthday, Mason!!
    I just picked up "Wild at Heart" at Goodwill, but haven't read it yet. Love that quote from it!
    I really think Mason & Nolan would be best buddies :)

  18. Happy Birthday, Mason!!! :)

  19. Happy birthday to your sweet Mason! Love your birthday blogs and pictures! So important to right all those random little things about them down.

  20. Loved this post so much- you have a way with words, especially when it comes to describing your love for your babies. Happy birthday to your sweet boy, God bless him on his 4th birthday!!!

  21. As a momma to two boys, I love your quote. Happy birthday to Mason!

  22. Happy Birthday Mason! What a little fireball!!!!! :)

  23. Happy belated birthday to Mason. I started show my boys pics of your sweet family on Insta, they always laugh at the caption of Mason! Love it...#sketti

  24. Watching himself cry...made me LOL! My middle one keeps me on my toes too, maybe it is a second child thing? ;)


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