My sweet Drew, you gave me one of the most wonderful gifts ever.....you made me a mom for the first time. How excited your dad and I were to become parents. We wanted to do everything right by you. We've made our mistakes, but I don't think we're doing too badly. We have so much love for you and that's enough. I can't believe you're turning 9 today. The time goes by so quickly that I just want to stop the clock and keep you little. But day by day you are growing into an awesome big guy. You're sensitive, smart, funny, and you have such a big heart. You love to do things for other people. You make us so proud. I see you struggling with wanting to be grown up and me not wanting you to be. I'm only looking out for you, trying to keep you safe. I hope you can understand that. I don't want you to grow up too fast. You are a wonderful big brother. I know sometimes you complain about being the oldest and your brothers bother you sometimes, but when you take the time to help them with something or play with them, it really melts my heart. The look on your face this morning when Aiden sang Happy Birthday to you was priceless. I could tell you really love your brothers and that it made your day (and mine). Happy Birthday big guy. Let's not rush through all of these birthdays too fast. I want to enjoy all of these moments for as long as I can. I love you, Cuddlebug!!
One of my all time favorite pictures!!!
Matt and Beth's Wedding--back when we were a family of 3.