Saturday, May 27, 2006

Happy Fourth Birthday Samuel Charles

I took this picture the other night when we were outside playing. Four years ago I stood by the very same flowering bush, hugely pregnant with you. Four years later...just look at you!

Four years have gone by far too fast for your old mom and dad.

You are our light...our reason for facing each day. It feels like we should thank you. But I don't know how we could adequately thank you for all the smiles and the happiness you have shared. And I know there is no proper way to thank you for all the love you brought with you when you arrived in our lives.

This year has been pretty terrible for our family and now two of your birthdays have been less than perfect. But through it all, you have showed us that the capacity to smile still remains. In fact, the experience of joy is still within our reach...in playing with bubbles, planting flowers, snuggling, watching Thomas on television, sledding, carving a pumpkin, eating ice cream, riding bikes, hugging a cat, dancing, playing music, reading books, playing on the swingset, playing hide and seek, and so much more.

You have grown and learned so much in the past year, we can hardly keep up with you. You have a vocabulary that astounds us every single day. You are curious about everything around you...and you retain the things you learn at an amazing rate. You are developing such hand-eye coordination that we have no doubt you will do something spectacular with it (baseball player...concert violinist...anything is possible). You have a kind personality that always makes me smile to see in action. All your friends rely on your love and understanding...as do your Daddy and I.

I hope that through any bad times, you are able to hang onto the memories and promises of the good times (like Daddy and I do). Remember that no matter what bad things we face, we will make it through as long as we face them together. You have already, in four short years, had to face so many things that never even crossed our consciousness until we were adults. I hope that we have preserved some of your childhood for you. I hope that you won't look back and remember all the horrible days...but will instead remember days like today, your fourth birthday...where you got your very first "big boy bike" and rode it around the living room.

You have made so many of our dreams come true. We love you.

Happy Birthday Sam-a-lama!

23 comments:

Dolores said...

Happy Birthday You sweet little man. I send you all my love!

Kathi said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Sam. Have fun today and always.

Kathy McC said...

Happy Birthday, little dude! You're adorable...and so grown up. Have fun and do whatever you want today!

msfitzita said...

Awwww, big ((((HUGS)))) and happy birthday Sam! It's so wonderful to see that great big beautiful smile. :)

Grafted Branch said...

wonderful tribute. that was time well spent on your part, and mine in reading it.

Mel said...

Happy Birthday sweet boy. Keep on smiling!

miraclebaby said...

That's so swtt. Happy birthday, Sam!

Lorem ipsum said...

Wow! The big Four! Happy birthday to your gorgeous boy. (And yes, he looks so much like you...)






And at the same time it's so bittersweet.

Julie said...

Happy Birthday to the smartest young man I've met. Big Hugs!

Megan said...

Happy Birthday Sam!! It's been fun watching you grow up the last 4 years!! Enjoy your special day :)

AJW5403 said...

Happy 4th Birthday big boy.

Penultimatina said...

Happy birthday, dear Sam! :)

kate said...

Happy Birthday Sam!

Heather said...

Happy Birthday, Sam!!!

Jill said...

Happy Birthday Sam! I hope you didn't get tummy ache from eating too much cake:)

R said...

Happy Birthday, Sam! I know how proud your mom is of you from what she writes here! We wish you a happy, happy birthday!

Holley said...

Happy Birthday Sam!

Wonderful picture btw.

Windfall Woman said...

What a precious boy! Happy Birthday Sam!

Sherry (Hallesmom) said...

I hope you had a fantastic birthday today Sam! Happy 4th Birthday :)

Julie said...

Happy birthday Sam!! I hope you had a wonderful day!

W said...

Happy *belated* 4th birthday Sam. What a big boy you are!

Cat, Galloping said...

he's gorgeous. happy birthday.

Diana said...

Happy Happy *belated* birthday Sam! Beautiful picture, beautiful smile.