Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A Man Where a Boy Once Stood


As our time with Peter is nearing the end, we have finally grown accustomed to the "More Grown Up", version of our son. We saw pretty dramatic changes in him right from the start. Things like, he brought US presents, he spoke in sentences that entailed more than one syllable and he wanted to shop at Ross instead of major, name brand, department stores. (Who is this guy and what has he done with our son?:)

All kidding aside, Peter is truly growing up. He seems to have a new outlook on life. He is so grateful for our wonderful country. His patience level for his younger brother and sister has greatly increased. He has become much more frugal. He is quick to express his appreciation. He is just, well, more introspective, I guess is the best way to put it. He seems to be figuring out who he is and where he wants to head in life. While only barely turning nineteen, he seems to have left the "turbulent teen" years behind. He is quick to admit that, while he stills makes mistakes, he is working on walking with the Lord.

We have had many wonderful, "late night", conversations with him. We have laughed often. Our time with him has been sweet. Somewhere over the last year, our boy has become a man. We are so proud of him. We are sad that our time with him is quickly coming to an end.

7 comments:

Enjoying the journey... said...

You have such a hansome polite young man!! I know you are going to miss him!!

amy wright said...

I am so excited to get to know my boys as men one day. You know, you work so hard at raising them and teaching them good manners and the "pay off" seems so far away. But I know that it will be here all too soon. :) Oh, so fun. Thank you, God, for my sweet children!

Becky Dietz said...

Trust me...the rewards only get better. Send him off with our prayers for safety and blessings!

Rebecca said...

Hey Mrs. Walton,
Your son gave me the address to this site to look at some of the photos you had taken during his stay at home. I don't think he knew that I had actually recently gotten my own site because I had been asked by so many people to write a blog so they could hear about my experiences here in Iraq. I know that your is leaving today and I just wanted to tell you that I am sorry that your time with him was so limited. I realize that you must miss him badly. I think you should know that you did an amazing job of raising him. I hope that your family was able to enjoy your time together, and I'm confident that God will bring us all home when our time here is finished.

Rachel said...

I was just thinking today I wonder what my boys will be like as men. And how much I am screwing up the process. Anyways, we'll be prayingfor a safe journey back to the desert and protection while he's protecting our freedom. We love you guys!!!

Rebecca said...

Hi! Thank you so much for your comments. I'm sorry that the email address did not work. I'm leaving it again. It's ftsamhoustonprisoner@yahoo.com and hopefully it will work for you this time!

amy wright said...

Hey! Just wondering how you are doing now that Peter is gone and how the visit went.