Dean is 4

Hey big guy, I can not believe it has been four years!  You have exceeded your father and I’s expectations in every way. I do not know how I got so lucky to be picked as your mother, but I thank God for you daily.  Some days are tough, but this year as a whole has been the best one yet.  You are growing into a little boy and it is incredibly bittersweet to watch this happen.  I love talking with you about animals, your sister, school, or whatever seems to be on your mind.  I love that I am your best friend, and I know this will quickly change.

Daily, I am in awe at how much you love your sister, and I pray that the relationship you have with her will remain as loving, kind, and caring as it is now.  You want to hold her in your lap, despite the fact that she is almost your size.  When she wakes up, you can not wait to run into her room, crawl into her crib, and jump around with her. And it is on a daily basis that I hear you ask her to hold your hand while you sit in your car seats.

You are so thoughtful and sensitive.  A question you often pose for me is “Mama, you happy?  Because if you happy, then I happy.  If you not happy, then I not happy.”  And isn’t it the truth with you?!  This mantra follows you with everyone in your life.  If you upset someone, then you are upset.  You have the most sensitive and gentle soul I have ever seen.  Never change.  I pray that this world will not callous you in the ways it does most people, and that you will always feel how others are feeling and try to help them.  You are a true gift to this world in every capacity.

I hope that as you grow you will be able to forgive me for my short comings, whether I am aware of them or not.  Always know that I love you more than you could ever imagine.  You are my sweet boy.  Thank you for being you.

I love you!  Happy Birthday Tomorrow! Ne ne, Mama

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