Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Happy 8th Birthday, Sam!

 Dear Sam,
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.
 You're a hard worker and love to learn new things. Reading has been a challenge and you have worked hard this year to become proficient...and even read at Mass last week! You built a "Sam-a-phone" for your music unit and really enjoyed working in the shop with Dad, measuring and cutting all those tubes. (Your Dad enjoyed the project as much--or more--than you did). You threw yourself into your recent entomology unit and we spent every dinner table conversation learning about bug anatomy. Legos continue to be your favorite pasttime...and Mythbusters because you love the experiments.

You are quick to help me with babies or household chores whenever I ask. You tend to be a big picture guy, linking ideas and concepts that others miss, but tend to overlook details. Your grandma describes your dad as an "absent-minded professor" type and I see a lot of those same traits in you.

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