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Ten {10}

DOUBLE DIGITS! How can it be?! I remember turning 10 vividly, the excitement of never being a single digit ever again, and the prospect of being a double digit for the next 89 years! Ok maybe that prospect isn’t quite as exciting as the part where you’re never a single digit again. 

Sawyer, you are such a joy to this family. We cannot fathom what our dinner table would be like if you weren’t sitting at the head of it each and every night. Your laughter is infectious. And your enthusiasm for life is unmatched.

I’ve often said in years passed how deeply you feel emotion. Both joy and sorrow. If only we could feel with such intensity to understand how powerful emotions could feel, I think the world would look differently. You are one of the most hopeful people I’ve ever met. You see the good in all. You see good where the rest of us don’t. You hold on when the rest of us would probably give up. 

This coming year is such a huge year for you. You are about to start your last year in elementary school. You are going to be closing a huge chapter in your life and I secretly wish we had more time for this. I wish we could stretch out the next year over the next two years. But that is life. It doesn’t wait for us, whether we are ready for it or not. 

You are still the early riser in the family, first one up every day. Most of the time you play quietly so you don’t wake your tired brother, read, or get a start on your day by showering. You almost always, dare I say yes always, are happy to wake up. There is no wrong side of the bed in your bed. You look forward to what the day holds. You love family. You love your family I should clarify. Your family is so important to you, and you want all of them around you all the time. 

Sawyer, you still love to play. It’s one of my favorite things about you. You aren’t concerned about what anyone else tells you should or shouldn’t be enjoying. You aren’t worried about what others think of you. You want to love life and enjoy what you enjoy. And I love that. I love it so deeply. Just like I love you so deeply. 

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I am looking forward to what this year holds for you and how you will embrace it. I think it’s probably myself that is going to have a hard time embracing the changes. I am still holding on to the thought that you’re my little boy, that we have all the time in the world ahead of us together. That isn’t too realistic and I recognize that, I’ll work on that.

I am so proud of the person you are becoming. I am so proud of the goals you have set for yourself, and the ones you have already reached. I know that this world is so blessed to have you in it. I don’t know if you realize that yet, but it’s true. You are something so unique and so special. There isn’t anyone else that comes close to who you are and what you are capable of. 

I think 10 is going to be a wonderful time in your life, and I am so grateful that I get to be a part of it. You humble me daily with your wisdom and reasoning on things so much deeper than your age. I love you Soso, welcome to double digits. 

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