Friday, April 06, 2012
We Have a Teenager Now!!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRAYDEN!!! Today you are 13. I can't believe it. How did this happen?!
No matter how the time flew by at a pace inconceivably fast, we are so blessed to have you be our son. You are such a bright light in our lives - when you in a good mood, it's hard to not be too. I love your heart - how empathetic you are to those you care about, how you long for those in your life to be happy too.
I'm proud of your courage and maturity this year - it hasn't been an easy one, but I see God using the circumstances to refine you to be even stronger - and draw you closer to Him.
I love how much we can trust you to share your life with us - both emotionally and even still, in physical presence that you want to spend your time with your family. You aren't ready to kick us to the curb yet. =)
While I don't want to see you get any older than you are, I am excited to see the man you are on the path to become. I can't wait to see you take on the role of "big brother" with Baby Whitley all over again, and watch your gentleness and love emerge with her - that gift you demonstrate with the littler ones.
Your dad and I love you soooooo much. You have so surpassed our wildest dreams as to what we could ever hope for in a son. Happy birthday, TEENAGER!