Miles Birthday Party

“How does it feel to be 9?”, “I don’t know cuz I’ve never been 9 before” -Miles #milesisms  (from Twitter)

This month Miles turned nine. Seems like yesterday he was our little five year old.

Yes, I know that sounds cliché, but I’m his dad, so I can be cliché if I want to. In fact this whole post may be a little cliché, but I keep thinking that these years are going by and I’m not documenting enough. Maybe someday he’ll read this, maybe he won’t, but here’s my post for him on his turning nine years old.

Highlights

  • Likes playing Halo (on the Xbox and in real life, running around the property.)
  • Loves his sisters, although him and Macy fight like cats & dogs.
  • Enjoys sleepovers with friends.
  • Is an excellent swimmer.
  • Is in 3rd grade.
  • Enjoys hiking with his dad & friends.
  • Plays flag football – he’s usually the center. First team: Patriots. Current team: Cowboys.
  • Likes Daughtry and Hillsong United.
  • He’s got a sensitive heart & cares about people.
  • He’s a leader, always telling his friends (and family) what the plan is.
  • Loves to read.
  • Current favorite movies: Rio, Surf’s Up.
  • He’s an excellent student – he’s especially good at spelling & memory verses.

Words from your Mumsie

My first-born and only boy, you have a special place in my heart. You are smart….way smarter than me (ask me about Miles Standish… who the heck is that?), loving, talkative, friendly, curious, argumentative (I think you would be a great lawyer someday), but most of all you love God, your family and your friends. You don’t like to brush your teeth which drives me crazy, but I guess yellow sweaters on your teeth will keep the girls away. I love joking around with you, and playing with you. You are a great helper around the house. You help a lot with Maggie, and fight a lot with Macy. You have a few chores like feeding Java, taking trash out, putting your laundry away, and anything else I happen to come up with. You are turning out to be a very good young man. I can’t wait to walk beside you as you grow. I love being your mom :) Love you and Happy 9th Birthday!

Our hopes for Miles

Miles, our prayer for you as you turn nine is that you grow to be wise and humble; that you use your gifts and talents to help others and show God’s love to them; that you are successful in anything you do, and that you never lose your happy, sensitive, and loving spirit.

Designer. Communicator. Solutions Architect. Husband. Father of 4. Friend of God. I've dabbled in building, graphic design, worship, music, media, communications, connections, leadership, and now I'm an executive pastor at Rancho Community Church in Southern California.

2 Comments

  1. Barbara McLean

    I could have written similar about you, Alex, at that age! Miles is a very special kid. I’m so impressed with the job you & Jen are doing parenting him and his sisters. I hope that one day you will be as proud of Miles as I am of you and I know you will.

    This is the part of parenting that makes up for the trips to the ER, the parent conferences, the nights waiting up and arguing over cleaning the room.

    As I write this I am staring at the Bible verse Miles wrote out for me in cursive, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth.” (and grandchildren!)

    3 John 1:4

  2. Alex McLean Author

    Thanks Mom!

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