Thursday, October 22, 2009

Happy Birthday, Samuel

Today Samuel turns 18. He'll take a Trader Joe's flourless chocolate cake to share at school this afternoon, then we'll have dinner with Gram, Gramps and Auntie Peach. During our celebration we'll talk about life these past 18 years. We'll smile and laugh and enjoy all this day brings.

But inside I'm blinking back tears as I review this amazing boy's life and recognize God's fingerprint on every page of Samuel's story. This tender little lamb that God asked us to shepherd has grown into a winsome young man with a wonderful sense of humor, a creative mind, and a love for Jesus. Our lives are richer (though our wallets are poorer -- can this kid eat!) because of Samuel, and so are the lives of many, many other people. Wasn't it Linus who said, "To know me is to love me"? Those are apt words for our Samuel as well.

We celebrate you today, Samuel. Happy birthday!

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