Sixteen years ago today, I met this little man for the first time:
A baby was born that day. A baby started a new life.
And a mommy was born that day, too. A mommy started a new life.
Sixteen years since that moment??? It's so true: "The days can last a lifetime, but the years go by in the blink of an eye." Apparently I blinked.
Happy Birthday to a little man who has turned into a young man right before my eyes. What a joy it has been to watch your life unfold right before me. To watch you sort things out, to watch you grow into yourself. To watch you chase after your passion, to watch you find new passions. To applaud you, to watch you applaud others. You always believe the best about others, you always see the good in people. You are driven, you are disciplined, you are creative and enthusiastic and so loving. Over the last year in particular, you have so grown into your sense of humor. You make me laugh every day. (Well, most days.) You are a patient, loving brother to your two sisters. They look up to you so much, and they have been two of your biggest fans. You know how to work hard, and you know how to play hard. You know how to be serious, and you know how to laugh. You know how to lead, you know how to follow. You know how to learn and you know how to teach. You know how to seek the Lord, read His word, hear His wisdom. Keep your ears open to that wisdom as you start this new year, Alex. Keep seeking, keep reading. Keep growing. I love you so much, and the greatest joy of my life is to be called a mom. Thank you for being patient with me as I've learned to be a mom, and thank you for all the laughs along the way. You make me so proud, and you make this life such an adventure!
I love you forever,
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9