Eight years ago, your dad, Grandma and I checked into the hospital where I insisted I would not be leaving unless it was with a baby. A hard labor later, you were born that evening and your dad and I held you in our arms and fell in love with you.
We have watched you grow from a happy, energetic little boy into a wonderful big brother. You are pretty patient with Natalie and Henry and dote on Beatrice and Cecelia. Henry delights in wrestling with you and you usually appease him with a piggy back or tickle match.
Although you enjoy a good fart joke just like anybody else, you have an insightful mind beyond your years. Dad and I often wonder what the future holds for you as you are a sensitive, empathetic kid.
Dad and I are so proud of you, Sam, and our family is richly blessed by having you as our oldest. We can't wait to see what the next year brings.
Mom and Dad