To my son, on your third birthday.

You are three years old today.

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This will always be one of my favorite pictures. I think he looks like a superhero.

In the grand scheme of things three years is a blink of an eye; and in so many ways it seems to have gone by that fast. But so much has happened in those three years. Your sisters became teenagers (one is even old enough to drive now!), new jobs for me and your mother, some projects on the house have been completed and even more are being planned, we even traveled out of the country! How much more will happen while you are growing up? Your older siblings will be graduated and (hopefully) on to bigger and better things than our little family; maybe you’ll even have a cousin or two to play with! Maybe all the home improvement projects will be finished and I’ll have my kitchen and home office to spend my time in. Maybe your mom will be a world famous cosmetologist, and maybe I’ll finally finish a story or two and be a published author (or at least someone other than family will read this blog)! I know your mom says she is done having kids; but we both know we have plenty more love to give so you might even have one (or more) adopted siblings to play with.

I can’t tell you what this world, our home, or even our family will look like as you grow up; but there are a few things I know I can tell you with certainty. You will grow up in a home where love is always the answer. You will grow up believing in magic. We are a family of witches and wizards, of ninjas, mutants, and superheroes, elves and dwarves, fairies and nymphs; you will learn of the magic of fantasy and the magic of the world around us. You will grow up believing you can do whatever you want, be whoever you want; and we will be here to give you the tools and encouragement you need. You might not always have what you want; but you will always have what you need. Most of all. you will know that you are beautiful, you are wanted, and you are loved.

Happy Birthday Wesley, and many more to come.



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