All the cliches about how fast time flies seriously don't really capture it.
I still can't believe we let you play tackle football last year. You ran onto that field fearless...oblivious to the size discrepancies between you and 90% of the other players. You worked hard. At practice and at games. I think I knew this before but you proved it during football. You have no quit in you.
School was a little bit tougher this year, not the work so much as the environment. I know it wasn't always easy. The thing that impressed me though, was that you were able to make the best of it anyway. You came up with some of the sweetest adjectives to describe your teacher and I know you meant it. It is a gift to be able to accept the way things are, then to go a step further and make things the best they can be. You go a step further every chance you get.
Happy birthday bud, I pray great things for the year ahead. Even if we end up moving to Africa...God is the one that is preparing the next place for us.