Is it possible that 11 years have flown by so quickly? Wasn't it just yesterday that I held this screaming, crying, colicky, loving, tiny little baby boy? The years have flown by so quickly as I see my once little boy turning into an incredible young man.
11 years old is so close to becoming a teenager yet he still has so much innocence of youth. I have loved most stages but must say that this is a wonderful time in Hayden's life. He is still filled with awe for the world around him. He loves discovering, learning, asking questions, finding answers, understanding the world around him and is so comfortable in the world he lives in. He knows he is loved. He knows that he is a child of God. He loves everyone around him and tries to make the world a better place for each person he comes in contact with. He has a heart of gold. He wants to please and is happiest when he does a good deed for someone. He loves the gospel of Jesus Christ and doesn't hesitate one minute in sharing it with others. He recognizes the Spirit and tries so hard to act on the promptings that he feels. He prays like he is talking to his best friend and knows that each and every one of his prayers are heard and answered. His faith is that of prophets and true disciples of our Savior. He loves, he gives and he serves.
I could not be prouder of my boy. He has adapted and changed this year and dealt with issues and circumstances far beyond his understanding. He has learned to trust our Father in Heaven. He has stepped up and taken on additional responsibilities of taking care of mom, doing more chores, helping more around the house and has even learned to really care for our dogs. He looks for ways to serve.
I hope he never changes. I hope this world doesn't change the sweet spirit of my boy. I hope he is always as giving and caring as he is today. If so, he will change the world with kindness, compassion and love.