I know I say it about each one of my children, but there is just something about this child. He had my heart from the very beginning. I often wonder who he takes after. His daddy and I are both so even keel. He is so passionate. He feels hurt, sadness, anger, weariness so intensely. He feels happiness, contentment, excitement, love so intensely. He is loyal and devoted, kind and generous. He often shares and offers encouragement without prompting. He protects his brothers and his mama and daddy when he thinks we might need it. Sometimes I think I want to protect him and his little heart because I know he gives so intentionally. If he gives his affection, he meant to. I want to tell him to protect himself from those I know will not appreciate what he is offering. Instead, I know I need to simply learn from him.
I love you, Eli! You make me smile every day. You keep me on my toes and make me a better mom every day. I love who you are and the part you play in this family. Thank you for the way you love us. Happy four year old birthday.