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I think you've been ready for twelve for awhile now. Bring it on 12. There's nothing we can't handle. You finished your first year of middle school and had the most joyful and wonderful time that I pinch myself to make sure it's reality. You have made friends so beautifully, and carefully chosen just the right group that makes you comfortable and excited all at the same time. I could not be more proud with how sixth grade went for you, and we all are looking forward to another school year. 

You've always loved school, never complain about going. But you also love summertime. You love life. We love the love you have for all things in life. You talk a mile a minute trying to get out all the thoughts floating around in your head. And you've learned the best way to get us to pay attention to your stories is to wait until you have our FULL attention, eye contact and no distractions around us. 

You love to experience new things, new adventures. There's a zest for life in you that I wish I had just a small portion of! You still love to collect things and carefully have them displayed in your room. 

One of the things I need to hold on to at your age is the way you say goodnight to me and daddy. There is never a night that you hold back a hug, a kiss, an "I love you" and a hold of the hand. I hope that never changes. You are so generous with your affection. 

Recently I've been loading old photos and video onto our computer and we have gotten the biggest laughs out of watching you, especially as a toddler. Yes, I love all of my children, but yes I will admit that there was no cuter toddler to ever exist. You take the cake. 

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Case Closed. Cutest toddler in all the land that ever lived. 

We are so excited to see you grow and mature and we get glimpses of who you are becoming each and every day. You are thoughtful and meditative. Sawyer, you are a joy to have as a son and we cannot imagine our family without you sandwiched between your brother and sister. You definitely are the cream in our Oreo cookie, even if your food allergies prevent you from eating an Oreo. 

Welcome to 12 baby!