Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Four years ago today, I held you in my arms for the first time.

You were the answer to so many prayers - a true and perfect gift from God. We waited for you longer than we would have preferred, but my sweet son...it was well worth it. And now, here you are. Four years old.

A happy, healthy, intelligent, thoughtful, caring, obedient, energetic and silly little boy. You have grown in leaps and bounds this year. We watched as you bravely entered preschool, unsure yet excited. You went from not looking your teachers in the eye to tackling them in a full embrace, legs up and arms thrown around their necks when it was time to leave. We watched you develop a very silly sense of humor and take stabs at telling jokes (ahem). We watched as you tried new things, jumped from greater heights and befriended total strangers at the park. Best of all, we watched you become a big brother - the most amazing brother we could have ever imagined. How can we put into words the tenderness you have towards Wyatt? The ability you have over all others to make him smile or laugh? The way every morning when we go in to get him, he waits, staring at his door until you come running in with a huge "GOOD MORNING, WYATT!" and then lots of jumping and squealing ensues because you are his very best friend? In your own way, you have show us a true selflessness(ish) because you will most always drop what you are doing to go help your baby brother out if he's upset or in a bind.
We are still watching you develop a deeper curiosity of Jesus and a desire to know more about Him and His written Word. There is NO GREATER JOY for us than when you ask us about Him. We are so proud of you, Henry. You are a pure and constant joy in our lives and even though you scream like a preteen girl on a roller-coaster when you're hurt or angry, we still love you more than we thought possible.
My precious boy...thank you for being exactly who you are. I am not sure how you are already FOUR, but one thing is for certain:
I cannot wait to see what the next four years have in store for you!

Happy Birthday, Henry! I love you!

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Nina said...

Dear Henry,

Your hugs and smile melt my heart! You are a great source of joy . I love that you ask me to play with you or do a project with you. I love your sweet voice and most of all your heart. Happy Birthday to you !!!

Becky said...

What a day to celebrate! Henry is such an amazing little boy and a true blessing from God. We are honored to be in his life and love him so very much! Happy Birthday Henry.

butters said...

Okay, somehow I just got teary eyed reading that. I love Henry and have loved watching him grow esp. in this last year. I love that he is such a great "big buddy" to our Nate and just so fun and funny and cute and well, just Henry! I'm glad to parent along side my friend and to love your boys like a true auntie. Lots of love, we miss you!

Brazenlilly said...

I'll never forget the day Henry was born! What a sweet and special boy he is, and a blessing to our whole family. We cherish his friendship!

eets said...

What a great kid! He's been so fun to watch and I'm so happy our boys all have each other as friends!

Kathy said...

Happy Birthday, Henry! You're growing up so fast! Uncle Eric and I can't wait to see you and your family again. We sure do love you and are so proud of you. You're my most favorite four-year-old in the whole world!
Aunt Kathy

P.S. - Thanks, Stephanie, for the beautiful post about our sweet boy!

Anonymous said...

I think everyone who meets Henry loves him...he IS very special...Shy, yet friendly; sensitive, yet silly...curious, yet content...all in all, pretty adorable

I'm just so blessed to be his Grandma, and to know him a little bit more each time I'm with him. Even if he weren't mine, I would be absolutely enamored. I am completely blessed and completely in love and completely thankful!!

love you all, G Johnson

Danielle Brown said...

Happy Birthday Henry - so sweet you all are!