it seems only yesterday you stood in your crib with dandelion hair and eyes so big and bright.
you stared right into my heart and won it completely.
you've always laughed easy, the curve of your smile causing your eyes to dance.
when faced with the challenge of being goofy, you face it head on,
keeping our family fully dosed in laughter.
it is the best medicine there is.
you've an uncanny sense of when the camera shutter will close and
serious pictures are hard to come by.
but we laugh together as we take them, sometimes to tears.
and every picture exudes you, exactly as you are.
you're a joy.
and while pictures don't often show your serious side, you do have one.
a side that searches, notices, reflects and shares deeply.
i love every side of who God made you.
part of me cannot fathom that thirteen years have really passed.
cliche says "it's gone so fast", but reality proves it's true.
my heart and mind cannot seem to catch up.
now, your neck is thick and your suddenly deep voice assures me that manhood has arrived.
and while i'm sure my neck hasn't thickened right along with yours,
perhaps watching yours has formed this lump in my throat.
i couldn't be more proud of you.
this stretching and growing these past thirteen years, we've done it together.
now, literally looking up at those same big brown eyes, i see Jesus in your love.
i love you.