WHY does 8 seems so big, sweet boy?!
Darling boy I hope you know exactly how loved you are! Today is your day, and today is the day that we celebrate how much you've brightened all of our lives. My love bug, I just want to take a few minutes to let the world know just how awesome you are.
Sweet boy! You are wonderful in so many ways, and it would be impossible for me to list every reason that we love you. Today I'm going to share 8 reasons, and they are 8 pretty awesome reasons and things that make you so awesome!
You are absolutely the kindest kid I know!
You are somehow in tune with how other's feel. You are empathetic, and you are quick to make sure everyone feels included. Just last year, your teacher sent home several notes to us about the kindness that you showed throughout the year. You were quick to help fellow students. You didn't like to see anyone struggle if you were able to help. A substitute teacher even sent home a letter about your kindness. To be honest, your dad and I were practically beaming with pride!
Keep that kind heart, sweet boy!
You are so hilarious!
I feel as though I am always noting just how funny you are. You are the kind of person that has that comedic timing that cannot be taught. You know when to tell a joke & exactly the tone that is needed to make that joke really count.
Your laugh is also absolutely contagious, and it comes straight from your belly...which in turn makes everyone around you belly laugh.
Keep smiling and laughing, my boy! The world needs that laugh!
You are quick to help!
Whether it is cleaning Nataleigh's room or helping me with the laundry, you are quick to jump in and work however it's needed. I know we don't thank you enough, but baby boy, we appreciate you so much!
You are oh so handsome!
Those big brown eyes & that slightly mischievous smile break my heart daily!!
If you only knew how wrapped we were, you would try us a more!!
You are such a smart boy!
You have done such a great job keeping up with the kids that are significantly older than you, and you have so much common sense. Common sense is something that your daddy jokes that I lack, but you sweet child, are blessed with loads of common sense. I love watching how your brain works and how you figure stuff.
You never, ever give up!
When things aren't easy for you, you definitely don't give up. You get frustrated, but that frustration leads you into working extra hard at whatever is in front of you. Whether it's Common Core math or your basketball handling, you are persistent, and I love that in you. So many give up too easily, but not you, gorgeous boy!
You love your family so much, and you are always willing to defend us!
There is one thing that no one will do around you, and that is question your love for us. You love fierce, and your love is strong. Thank you for loving us like you do!
You are our biggest cheerleader, and we are your's!
Seriously!! There are few kids as willing as you are to go to every possible event that their family members have! You not only go to everything, but you cheer LOUDLY for us. I know that at every single pageant of Nataleighs, every single basketball game of Stephens, every single volleyball game of mine, and every church service that you've sat under that you are ready to cheer and encourage us every step of the way! In turn, we love sitting at your baseball games cheering for every single swing and defensive play that you make! Your encouragement motivates us so much! Thank you!
Thank you sweet boy for today! You are the reason that July 1 is so special, and I want you to know that you make it so special. Keep loving Jesus, baby boy, and everything else will fall in to place. Please know that you are the baby boy that your daddy and I desperately prayed for! We wanted 2 boys so close together, & God, in His infinite goodness, granted us the desires of our heart. You made Stephen a big brother, and your birth made my heart defy all the laws of science. My heart somehow grew, and it was so full of love for you and Stephen! You keep us on our toes, and yet somehow you keep us grounded. You're a beautiful, special child, and our lives have never been the same or boring since 7/1/2009! Thank you for radically changing us for the better. I love how you love, and I'm so thankful that you love me! Sweet boy, you are a dream come true, and I thank God every single day for you! Happy birthday, beautiful boy!
We love you so much!