Nine. I don't even know what to say about that. It still feels like yesterday that I would sit with you in my arms, rocking and singing you to sleep. It has been a privilege watching you grow into the kind, intelligent, creative, thoughtful boy that you are today. I am so proud to be your mommy.
This has mostly been a good year for you. We hit a snag a little while ago, but we got through it. I can't imagine how difficult it must have been for you to have your two best friends change schools at the same time. You made it though and you have started to make other friends as well. It was nice to see your mind more challenged this year at school. It was also nice to see you taking more pride in your writing that we've been working so hard on these past 3 years.
I love that you have big dreams for your future. I enjoy watching you think about and "practice" your future career skills. I also love that your dreams for your future include your family. I love that you want to have pizza/movie nights with us even after you are grown with your own children. I love that you want to be near your sister when you grow up. Family is so very important and I'm glad you already have that in your heart.
Every day, you amaze me. Your bravery is like none I've seen before. No matter how hard things get, you stand tall and you continue on. It's not just that you keep going, but you WANT to keep going. You want to tackle your challenges head on instead of hiding from them. This is such an amazing gift to have. Your bravery will take you so far in this world. And it's not just bravery with challenges. You are also almost always willing to try new things, at least once, and have a new adventure. Watching you set out on these adventures both scares me to death as well as makes me proud. It shows me you are your own person and are growing up. I promise to do my best to not hold you back.
You are my sweet baby angel. I love you with all my heart. You are my precious gift from God. It's going to be an amazing day. No, not just an amazing day, an amazing year.