Tuesday, November 23

Happy birthday to my beautiful six year old Seth!

My dearest Seth,

I loved you ferociously before you were even born.  Which is a good thing because when you made your 11 pound 6 ounce and 23 inch entrance it could have easily gone the other way :)  Your sweet little life has not been an easy one and has been filled with many struggles.  And sadly I don't think they will be over anytime soon.  But your smile and enthusiasm for life has and will get you far.  Remember that God gives us weakness to humble us and make us strong.

My advice to you, my little man, on your sixth birthday is to always keep smiling.  Try not to ever take anything too personally or too seriously.  Always laugh and share it with others; you have a contagious laugh. 
Work hard at whatever you choose to do in this life. You will always have our support no matter what. And I hope you do many different things. It's okay to change your mind, just always do your best. Remember your choices in life should never depend on what others like and don't like. And that even includes your dad and I. Do what makes you happy. Do what you love. You were never intended to be like everyone else. It is your destiny to stand out.

Always be kind to everyone! Give every girl the same chance...you never know what might come of something.  Always address older people with respect, call men Sir, and women Ma'am. It might seem old fashioned, but I expect you and your brothers to be different then all the others your age. You need to be the one people remember because of your respectful and uncommon approach; it will get you far. Also, always dress appropriately in clothes that fit you and are colourful.  Colour is always best.

Always be proud of where you came from.
Always stand up for what is right, even if you are standing alone.

Never forget about your grandparents. Always call them, and spend time with them. They will teach you more than I could write here. Don't forget about me either - take me out for dinner once in a while.

Love passionately, serve selflessly, work honestly. You my son are a gem among (little) men. You will be a great man, because you are such a happy boy. I love you. Have a wonderful day!

Always and forever,


This is what we had to resort to after our cake lady Holly moved away.  They are cupcakes that are supposed to look like a painting thing.  Do they look like a painting thing?  I don't even know what that thing is called.  And yes that's a tootsie roll paintbrush.