Dude, you're 8 years old! 8 YEARS OLD! How on earth did that happen? You're the funniest boy with such a great sense of humor. You love science and love to read but you hate math and handwriting. You love basketball and think you're a super star. Your imagination is way out there. Some of the things you come up with blow our minds. You are content to sit in your room and play with toys for hours.
This year has brought some significant struggles for you but you've handled them like a champ. You had an official diagnosis placed on you that affects your fine and gross motor skills. We spent the summer at therapy appointments and have to work extra hard at school to keep up with your friends. But, you do it with a smile...most of the time.
You LOVE your friends. You have a very deep connection to Miller and Sam. If you aren't with one of them anytime you're at something away from home, you really struggle. It's sweet to see your friendship but at the same time we're pushing you to not be so dependent on them. It's a gift when your best friends go to school and church with you. You would do sleepovers every night or playdates every day if you could.
You still adore your big brother. You think he is the greatest person walking on this earth. Nothing pleases you more than when he sits down to play with your or invites you into what he is doing. The four year age gap between the two you has always been just perfect for your relationship. You love his friends and think you are a VIP when they include you.
You still have chronic nosebleeds and you will probably have surgery before the year ends. You got spaces today in preparation for a palatial expander which is in preparation for braces next March. Your little mouth mirrors mine at your age...SORRY! You're still a champion sleeper but a horrible eater. You don't throw up as much during meals but you still gag...a lot! Your favorite book series is The Treehouse Book Series. Well, your most favorite is DogMan but that is more graphic novel so you officially have two favorite series. You gave up on Magic Treehouse this year because they were "boring" to you.
Buddy, you make my life so happy. You're the sweetest little thing who knows how to melt my heart. As I was typing this, you came out of your bedroom carrying Froggy and a blanket and said "I just wanted to snuggle with mommy one more time as a 7 year old!" While I know that was a total stall tactic to keep from going to sleep, I put this laptop down and pulled you right into my lap.
I remember the days before you were born when I worried about how I would love you. I had been so sick and I couldn't imagine how someone who made me so sick could actually be lovable. But, you were...and you are! You're such a gift to our family. You make the biggest messes but gives he biggest hugs. You are so loud but also so cuddly. You don't know the meaning of picking up after yourself but you consistently make us all laugh.
You've been a gift to our family for 8 whole years and we thank God for you!