Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dear Samuel

Dear Samuel,
Happy 2nd birthday little man!

We are so blessed to have had you in our lives for the past two years. Two years of loving you, laughing with you and watching you learn and grow.

In the past year you've gone from learning to walk to running everywhere - all the time. You went from only saying a couple words to communicating in full sentences (sometimes). You recognize family members, friends, our church building and grandma and grandpa's houses. You can count to ten and sing all of your ABCs. You amaze us!

Your language has exploded in the last few months. You are talking so much. Your dad and I often hear short phrases like: daddy circles, mommy teeth too, more tickle, tower, what daddy doing, baby no no, Sammy in, why, big garbage truck, pancakes and sausage, baby sit too, Sammy do it and my turn.

Last week I was pushing you in the swing outside and this is how our conversation went:

Mommy: "I love you Samuel."

Mommy: "Can you say, "I love you too mommy?"

Samuel: "I want some cheese."

This made me laugh and reminded me that your priorities in life are food and playing.

But you are learning and growing quickly because last night when I put you to bed I said, "I love you Samuel." And completely unprompted you responded, "Love you mommy." My heart melted.

Even though our family is facing some difficult times right now, I am thankful that you are shielded from the realities of this world. Soon enough you'll be faced with stress, anxiety and worries when life doesn't pan out the way you think it should. For now I am grateful that you are content to play with mom, dad and Lauren all day, every day.

Samuel I am so proud of you. You are curious, smart and brave. You are full of energy and life. You laugh and giggle and smile frequently. You continue to love music and dancing. I taught you Skip, Skip, Skip to My Lou recently and it is so fun to hear you singing the words to yourself when you're playing. But nothing compares to having you sing along with me when I sing How Great is Our God. I hope Samuel that you will know deep down inside, how truly great our God  is.

Samuel our prayer is exactly what your Papa Dean prayed for you last night: that you would always know how much we love you and how much God loves you.

Happy Birthday my miracle boy. I can't wait to watch you learn and grow in the coming year.

I love you,


cybil said...

Have a new year filled with joy and wonders, with loads of special friends and with adventures each and every day!!
Lots of love,
(Mom of a 28 yr old boy)

Karissa said...

Praises from little people might be one of the most glorious things ever. I want to hear Samuel sing How Great is Our God. Maybe next time we get out for a walk!