Saturday, October 21, 2006

To my sweet son on his 11th Birthday

note: this entry was actually written on Tyler's birthday (10/20), but due to technical difficulties the post is being uploaded on 10/21.

Dear Tyler,
Wow, I cannot believe it has been 11 years since the first time you were laid in my arms. I knew from the minute I looked into your eyes that you were going to be a special young man and you have delivered on that in so many ways. Even from the early days, you've had drive and determination that has been noticed by all around you and I can't wait to see where these qualities take you in the future. I remember watching you in your first couple of years as you took in all of the information you needed to reach a new milestone, figured out your "gameplan," then just did it. As you grew older and entered school you took your determination with you and developed and enthusiasm for learning that has always made me particularly proud.

You have such a sweet spirit and you truly care about people. Those are such important qualities to have. They are ones that are often overlooked in "the real world," but carry them with you everywhere you go for they will set you apart and make you special.

I have been particularly touched as I've watched you grow to adore your baby sister in the past year. You are her hero and before long you will be the hero of
two young siblings. Being someone's hero is never an easy task, but I know without a doubt that you will live up to the title with ease.

I wish you a very happy birthday, my sweet son and look forward to the new adventures we will face in the next year.

I love you with all my heart,