My dearest Weston,
Every mom says this, but I really can’t believe that you’re a year old. 365 days of beautiful memories all culminated on your first birthday this past Friday. My sweet boy, you’ve grown so much over the past year and it seems like pure insanity to believe that you’re anything but an infant still! And yet here you are, laughing and goofing off and learning all the time. Always on the move, always figuring out new things, and always ALWAYS at the center of your mommy and daddy’s hearts.
My little bug, you are a blessing beyond blessings to us. Just a few short months after we lost Story (we’ll tell you more about your older sibling one day) God breathed life into you in my womb. Nine months later you made your official entrance into this world; your sweet demeanor ever present, your adorable smile always quick to show.
Ever since we found out you were living inside of mommy’s tummy we’ve prayed for a healthy and happy baby, and the Lord delivered! You are such a healthy little dude, and probably one of the happiest and most laid-back babies the world has ever known. I hope that never changes, that you will always take things in stride and never feel like you need to rely on anything to define you or your attitude. I pray that your smile will always be present on your lips, that you would be quick to laugh, and that others would feel that they can be themselves around you.
I look at you and I still can’t believe you’re mine. I love waking up and seeing you every morning and your daddy and I both miss you when we put you down at night. You are such a joy.
My sweet son, I pray that you would always be a fiercely strong man of God, and a pursuer of truth. I pray so many things for you, but the one thing I pray above all else is that you would love the Lord with all your heart, all your mind, and all your strength. That you would never try to find yourself in anything but Him.
I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for us Wes. You are growing so much more every moment of every day. Today you learned that you can scrunch up your face, stick out your bottom lip, and make your momma laugh like a crazy person. Tomorrow who knows what you’ll figure out?!
Weston, my heart has always known yours. You have brought us unbelievable joy from the very moment we knew you existed. You have helped lead your mommy to know what she wants to do with her life, a feat that I never thought I would figure out. You have helped your daddy grow into even more of a leader for our family.
I know there may be hard times ahead, and we won’t always agree or see eye to eye, but I hope that you will always remember this: we love you and you are a blessing. Always and forever.
I love you more than I can ever express,