Thursday, March 30, 2017

Happy (early) Birthday, Luke

Dear Luke,

You’re turning 9 this Saturday and I say this every year – but I just can’t believe it.  It feels like last week I was buckling you into your stroller and pushing you back and forth on the stone floor in our first house to get you to sleep.  And that 5 days ago you were two and lining up cars on the front windowsill while wearing only your underwear.  It must have been just last weekend that you put on that red polo for the first time and started Pre-K and surely it was yesterday that you were sitting next to me on the couch with your pointer finger out and ready as we worked through your reading practice. 

But nope…. Last week you were asking to drive the golf cart by yourself.  And 5 days ago you were polishing off your fourth piece of pizza (after having a sandwich that you made yourself).  It was last weekend that you were helping us rake and bag leaves and ACTUALLY doing work not just pretending and yesterday you were finishing up the second Harry Potter book.
You teach me something new every day – sometimes it’s an obscure fact about science or history, sometimes it’s a lesson in patience, and other times it's how to do or fix something :)  You are an encourager - lifting up your friends, classmates and siblings - and  have a gift for looking at the positive side of things.
 Today I want you to know that not a day goes by that I don’t thank God for that smile (your dimple in particular) and for the amazing privilege of being your mom.

Love you to Maine and back!



  1. So sweet! Happy (early) birthday Luke!

  2. Happy Happy Early Birthday to Luke! I hope he has such a special birthday weekend!

  3. I remember the day he was born like it was YESTERDAY! Happy (early) birthday Luke! We love you so much!!!

  4. My oldest is rapidly approaching 9 as well and I just can't believe it. Happy birthday, Luke!


  5. Happy Early Birthday, Luke! PARTY IT UP this weekend! ;)

  6. Precious! Happy Early Birthday!
    Xo, ELizabeth

  7. Why does the time have to go so fast!? What a sweet letter! Happy Birthday Luke!!

  8. Hi Andrea! Off topic, but whats a good lunch spot in McKinney that is kid (toddler) friendly? We will be traveling to Waco from St. Louis and are stopping in McKinney for a night!

  9. What a sweet, sweet letter to your son! Don't blink....in a few short years he will be a teenager!

  10. Happy birthday Luke. Hope your birthday is fabulous. Love your tribute to Luke, Andrea.
    He would treasure these words forever.