Monday, August 14, 2017

Happy Birthday, Jackson!

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Dear Jackson,

Happy 11th birthday to you!!! I can't believe that you are already 11 years old. It's crazy how much time has flown. I can hardly believe you aren't a baby anymore. 

At 11, you have just started 6th grade. You are in the pre-honors classes, and this is your last year in the gifted program. You are set on joining ROTC as soon as you can, and want to enlist in the Air Force after high school graduation. You currently want to be a para-trooper because "it would be so cool!" I'd rather you pick a career where you keep 2 feet on the ground, but really, whatever makes you happy! 

You are funny, witty and clever beyond belief. You would argue with a brick wall (maybe you should consider a career as an attorney?!?) but you are a great kid. Anderson gets on your nerves all the time, but at the end of the day, you love each other so much. I catch y'all playing together and you can actually be pretty nice to each other when you want to be! 

Jackson, your Dad and I are so proud of you. You are kind and look out for others. Always stay that way! Be a friend to everyone, especially those kids around you that don't have many friends. As you get older, remember to make good choices, even when the "good" choice isn't easy or fun. Know that your Dad and I will be here for you - even when you think you might get in trouble! At the end of the day, keep your eyes on Jesus, and let Him guide your path. 

You are going to do amazing things in this world, and I'm so excited to be standing in your corner, cheering you along. I love you always, Jackson, and I'm so proud to call you mine!


Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Happy Birthday, Anderson!

Dear Anderson,

Today is your 6th birthday!!! It feels like we have blinked just a few times, and here we are. Six whole years of having you be the caboose for our family have just flown by. I certainly don't feel 6 years older, except for when I'm having to chase after you and Jackson!

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Anderson, you have come into your own, little man. You are delightfully silly, funny and charming. You are always after your Bubba, but want to be just like him. Even when he gets on your nerves, he's your best buddy. 

Despite a slow start to the year,  you did so good in kindergarten. We are so proud of the progress you made. You loved Mrs. Boyer and made so many friends. The best part? You can now read! One of your favorite things to do is get a notebook and ask us to spell words out for you. You don't ever seem to get tired of it. 

For your sixth birthday we gave you a choice of Disney World or a Disney cruise, just like we gave Jackson. You and Jackson both picked another Disney cruise to the Bahamas. We just got back and had so much fun. We even added on a few days at Walt Disney World before hand. You conquered Space Mountain like a champ and handled almost 16 hours in the park with no breaks and no whining. You are awesome!

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You currently want to be a construction worker when you grow up, and maybe a fireman or police officer on the side. You have big dreams, and we can't wait to see you accomplish what God has in store for you!

Anderson, until you are grown and have kids of your own, you wont' be able to understand how much we love you. You are pure joy with the most infectious laugh I've ever heard. You're an amazing little boy, and I'm so happy to be your Mama! 

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