15 Years ago today, my 2nd son was born. His name is John Hayden Taylor. We call him Hayden…or Sweet Pea…or Hurricane Hayden Notice that his nicknames seem to contradict each other, well that’s my Hayden. Often misunderstood (except by his mama, who knows how sweet he is), this child truly is a hurricane one moment and a sweet mama’s boy the next.
When Hayden was a baby, I began praying Joshua 1:9 for him. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (NIV) (I used green because that is his favorite color.) I can’t tell you how many times this verse has been exactly what he’s needed. That reminder that the Lord is always with him providing strength and courage has been of great value to my very strong on the outside but sensitive on the inside little (big) boy.
Even though the world sees my Hayden as an outspoken, confident, funny, tough boy who plays football and lacrosse, and is passionate about the Florida Gators and SEC football, as his mom, I am privied to the other side of him too. The side that needs a hug, cares about his little sister’s feelings, and recognizes when his mom needs him.
I was recently reminded of how the time really has flown by. Our family went to the movie, Toy Story 3 together. The 3rd installment of the wonderful Toy Story movies did not disappoint. Instead it brought back wonderful memories. We are huge fans of the 1st 2. After the movie, we talked about old toys that our kids used to play with and how much fun it was to be little. Hayden said it really made him miss being a little kid. It made me miss it too. In the movie, Andy, who is the boy that we have watched grow up in these movies, is going to college and his toys are worried about what will become of them. It really made us all just want to cling to the moment and treasure our time together. Time goes by and that is something we can’t change. What we do with our time, however, is in our control. So we need to make the most of it! And now we are treating the toys in our home like they are real people. It’s crazy!
I hope you are making the most of your day today! Add a comment and I’ll pray specifically for you by name. I’ll pray Joshua 1:9 for anyone who leaves me a comment today in honor of Hayden’s 15th birthday. Blessings to you!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAYDEN!! Your Mama loves you “to infinity and beyond!”