letters to noah man: happy FOURTH birthday!!!

Dear Noah,

How are we already here?!?

Four years. 

Just typing those two words made our eyes water up.

You came into this world four years ago with fight and strength.  Incredible strength might we add.  All four pounds and one ounce of you.  And, you have never stopped showing us the fight and strength you have within the very core of you.

Three was a hard year.  For you and for us.  Your world became instantly rocked shortly after turning three years old.  With a baby brother.  

Let us say this.  

You. are. amazing, Noah.

You struggled.  And, we knew it would be a challenge for you.  

Tears were had by both parties.  

Yet, you used your fight and strength to power through this past year with joy, with love, and with an indescribable amount of spirit.

And, those three things, those are the reasons why are are absolutely, insanely in love with you.

We have learned this past year…

You have passion.  Sweets, you received this quality from your mama.  And, nothing makes us more proud than seeing how much you believe in something and stand by it no matter what.

You have a temper.  And, it is quite possible the cutest yet most terrifying thing sometimes.  But, we like to believe it is tied to your passionate spirit. 

Your faith in God is something that is hard to put into words.  It is the most surreal experience watching you develop your relationship and trust in God.  And, the fact that you walk around the house singing church hymns makes us wonder how in the world we got so lucky to have a son like you.

You have made the biggest leaps and bounds in school.  Of all the things we changed in your life, school was one of your more difficult adjustments.  Yet, to see how far you have grown and flourished and the amazing friendships you have made with your “best buddies” is nothing short of wonderful.

You are incredibly cautious.  Our favorite is the time you “lectured” daddy for driving incorrectly.  To this day, it sends us in fits of laughter when daddy retells this story.  Little love, never, ever please change.

You have a smile that literally lights up the room.  It is our favorite part of you because your smile emulates kindness and love.  You have no idea how many people’s days you have made when you look their way and smile.  

Your imagination is magic.  We could watch and listen to you play for hours in amazement.

And, you are brilliant.  We are in awe of how quickly you catch on to a concept or a new idea.  

You have compassion.  Nothing makes our hearts melt more than when you know we are feeling ill and you do everything you can to make us feel better.  Including pretending to tuck us in and kiss us good night.

The most amazing of all has been watching you be an outstanding big brother to Nikhil.  Our hearts have exploded numerous times for the love and protection you have over your baby brother.  And, the sweetest part is listening to you tell us of all the adventures the two of you will have once Nik gets a bit older.  Noah man, you have blown us away.

Kid, you are going to move mountains one day.  In whatever you do and wherever you go.

Yet, today, we are going to bask in gratitude to God.  For giving us the best, most amazing surprise blessing we could have received four years ago.  

We cannot imagine life without you, love.

Happy Fourth, Birthday, sweetheart!

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We love you to the moon and back.


Daddy and Mama (and Nikhil)

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