Every day now you are becoming more a little boy and less of a baby. (Thank goodness for your bald head - it's just the right amount of baby to keep Mommy happy.) When I look at your precious smile and your big blue eyes, I see a future FULL of laughter and adventure and love; and, although I wish I could slow time just a little bit, I am SO excited to hold your hand as you take those first wobbly steps and, when you are strong and ready, let you go to walk alone...
You didn't get to blow out any candles at your party last night - call it my "motherly instinct," but I didn't think fire on a smash cake was a good idea. So instead, I thought I'd share some of my wishes for you on your very first birthday....
Know that you belong to Jesus; and, be known for your love for people.
Love being at home; but, don't be afraid to leave it when the time is right.
Never get too old to throw your head back and snort when you belly laugh like you do right now.
Read good books every single day.
Let your hair get too long (it's taking its time getting here, and it won't stay forever - feel free to remind me of that when I start complaining that it is in your eyes.)
Continue to smile at strangers. (But be careful with this and girls as you get older.)
Hold the door for old people, pregnant women, moms w/ babies, actually - just hold it for everyone.
Know how much you are loved and how much joy you have brought to so many people.
Sam, the last year has changed me... I am better because of you.
I love you more than I ever knew I could!
Happy First Birthday, Sweet Boy!
First birthday photo shoot by HoweCaptivate. (Look for party pictures and details on Monday.)