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!