Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday, Gage!

Dear Gage,
Today you turned 3. Three whole years since I first got to see you, but not hold you. Your birthday is so special to me. Its a day of many emotions, but thankfully mostly all happy ones! Three years ago today I was told to head over to the hospital and we would get to meet you! I was so excited and nervous. See, you decided to come a bit too early in our eyes, but not in God's eyes. God knew the perfect day.
We were about to face some bumps in the road. Yucky bumps. I don't take the term miracle baby lightly. You are a miracle. You were given great strength and determination from so small. God used you to push me to a new level of trusting in Him and finding strength I never knew I had. Those days are just memories now and they are memories I never will forget, nor do I want to forget them.
Someday will share your story with you. You asked to see a baby picture of yourself today, and I showed you one. You ran away...then came back a few minutes later.  I guess I failed to inform you it was you hooked up to life saving machines. We talked a bit and you said to close the computer. You then asked me to show you not sick pictures, so I did. You smiled and said you were cute, I agree!
I think you told every person we saw today it was your birthday. You are so proud and wore a shirt with the number 3 on it. You asked for a poodle cake. I was not so sure how I was going to pull that one off, so I was very thankful you changed your mind and wanted a brown cake with lots of sprinkles...that is something I could handle! :) I am in love with your smile and laugh. You are still a cuddly guy and are always good for some snuggles! You love your baby sister. You are still very protective of her. You are one of the friendliest kids I have ever seen. We often joke that if anyone says "hi" to you then you are their friend for life. The other day we were at chapel for Gavin's preschool, I looked over to find you sitting on someones lap we didn't know. The same thing happend at the library. You have such a sweet heart and I need to teach you about stranger danger. :)
As I tucked you into bed tonight and your 3rd birthday came to an end I spent a couple extra seconds thanking God for you....even when you called me a silly chicken. You are quite silly.
Well, sweet boy I can't wait to watch you grow over this next year. You are such a blessing to us and to all those you are around. You are so loved! Happy Birthday, son!