Friday, December 12, 2008

December Daily: Twenty

Twenty years ago today, a little fellow came into the world and into our care, making us parents. We named him Samuel, at the suggestion of the little girl I was babysitting while I was expecting him. I was simply amazed that I had actually given birth, and that he was a healthy, happy little guy. He was quite hefty, weighing in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces, and he didn't waste any time growing. He stayed "husky" all his childhood years, slimming down in his teen years. He didn't cry much when he was born, just squeaked a little, and he has remained an easy-going boy. Babies like him because he's calm, and little girls really seem to like him. I think he's hoping that girls a little older like him too! ;)

With Beth and me, April, 2008

He loved books from early on; when he was just big enough to sit up, I gave him baby books to look at. He never chewed on them or tore them. He would actually sit and look at the pages for what seemed like hours at a time. He couldn't wait to learn to read, and even now he is an avid reader. He learned the alphabet watching Wheel of Fortune when he was a preschooler!

Professional photo, October 2006

Samuel has always been very precise; when he learned to tell time, he told the exact time - 2:57 rather than about 3:00! He loves trivia of all kinds. His tour mates last summer called him Brainiac because he knew all about all the areas they were traveling to. And speaking of brains, he is known for having a big head. He won "Largest Head" at a youth activity once. One of his nicknames at school is Five Head, as in "That's not a forehead; that's a five head!" College humor. Whatever. I think his head is just right, personally.

High school graduation, May 2006

Samuel was always a good student, so we're not surprised to see him doing well in college. The boy who used to dismiss the idea of planning anything now carries index cards in his pocket to write down things he needs to get done. He also works on projects bit-by-bit instead of procrastinating on them - I'm almost sure someone has stolen the boy I homeschooled and left us an imposter!

Singing with Four Given, his college tour group last summer

This is Samuel's first birthday not spent at home, and I miss him today. We have plans - secret, mischievous plans - to let him know we're thinking of him today, and next week, after he gets home, we'll celebrate with his favorite meal and a cake. His dad and I don't know exactly how we raised the fine young man Sam has become - it had to have been the Lord - but we sure do love him and are proud of who he has become.


With a friend from Vancouver at college

Happy Birthday, Sambo! We love you!

5 comments:

  1. Wow, I can't believe that you have a twenty year old son. He sure sounds like a wonderful person.
    I'll be praying for you as a "mom" being away from your "baby" on his birthday. :)

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  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SAM!
    AND BLESS MOMMA'S HEART. I DREAD THE DAY I AM AWAY FROM ONE OF MY CHILDREN ON THEIR BIRTHDAY. SOUNDS LIKE GOD HAS HONORED MOM AND DAD FOR BEING GODLY PARENTS.
    ISN'T THAT JUST LIKE GOD!?

    HAPPY DAY TO YOU SUSAN.

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  3. Happy Birthday to your first-born, Susan! You wrote a very special post for him!

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  4. Happy birthday to Sam!!

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  5. Aww, that was a really sweet post. Happy birthday to Sam!!

    Wow, when your kids passed you in height they really passed you! °Ü°

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