I usually keep special notes tucked away for the boys to hopefully share with them one day – but this one I wanted to place in this space. So one day not only will you have my own hand written love notes, but some of these too. This birthday marks a shift in how I parent you and how you see the world.
I have to be honest, this year snuck up on me. It’s already been seven whole years of watching you take in this world and become who you are. As silly as it may sound, it feels like I just had you a few months ago. That we were cheering you on as achieved each new milestone. I remember those moments vividly, and yet here you are no longer my newborn, baby, or toddler…you’re my big boy.There truly is nothing like your first child – you thrust me into motherhood full force. Even when you want to compare yourself to your brothers, you’re a different type of special all on your own love. You’re more than I could ever imagine or dream of. There will never be another you, and I’m so blessed to have you as my own.
You’re dangerously smart (dangerous, because you wiggle yourself in and out of things), beautifully compassionate, incredibly thoughtful, and a constant beam of joy. Makai you radiate with a light that cannot be dimmed and a passion that I pray I can help shape, but never break. You fight for what you believe and don’t back down – I know God will use this greatly in your life. You’re the first to pray for someone, first to help, and the last to leave until everything is okay.
I pray this year that as you grow more into the person God created you to be – you know your value. Yes even at this age. I want you to know you’re important and worth love. That you can be and do anything. To know that you lead, not with your words, but your actions.
I love you with all that I am. I’m so proud of you and pray I can be exactly what you need and surround you with others who can do the same. I love you kai, happy happy birthday.