The little ones are growing up so fast! This year we had a zombie (Lillia), a ninja (Zane), an adorable little fairy, and a sweet little shark. For the first time Zane and Kyla went trick-or-treating together! Zane is such a kind helper to his little cousin. He walked up to all of the doors with her, even though it slowed down his candy acquisition. We don’t see them enough, but I am so grateful to have our family close by so that we can share these special days together.
Wow – sixteen! I am filled with wonder and pride when I think about the person that you have become, Lillia. From that tiny baby that was placed in my arms sixteen years ago to the talented, kind-hearted, creative, and hilarious person you’ve become . . . it’s been a wild ride but one I feel blessed to be on with you. I appreciate so much that you live your life as you define it, despite the challenges that presents. We see the world very differently – that has become abundantly clear the older you get. I don’t always understand your perspective, but if you are patient with me, maybe someday I will. Now that you are sixteen you can get your driver’s license, which will give you something you’ve never had before: FREEDOM. As you spend the next couple of years preparing to make your own way in the world, I will do everything I can to support you. Lillia, you are so loved. Happy Birthday!
I say this every year, but it really is difficult to believe that Zane is now eight! This birthday is extra special because Zane is now the same age his sister was when he was born—this is the only year in his whole life when he will be exactly half her age.
Zane’s one request for his birthday was to go swimming with his best friend Joe, so that’s what he did! Unfortunately, shortly after coming home from the pool Zane said his tummy didn’t feel very good. We decided to freeze the birthday cake and reschedule the sleepover for later in the weekend, but we did make sure to sing to him and let him blow out the candles on the birthday ring. He got a few books and some new sketchbooks, but his big birthday present is a freshwater aquarium—it’s more of a long-term project because there’s a lot to learn about keeping fish!
Happy Birthday, Zane! We love you!