B - Seriously, 12?!
Goodness. I always find myself at an impass on your birthdays. On one hand, I'm surprised at how these years are flying - a reminder that hearts created for eternity are not intended to comprehend the passing of finite time. But on the other hand, I feel like you've been twelve for awhile now. Like, a couple of years. It's that old soul of yours.
Regardless, happy, happy birthday to my sweet boy.
I love you deeper with each year.
|This photo was taken last June at 5th grade graduation- I was still taller than you. Somehow in the last seven months you've soared a handful of inches!|
|Last May - you were already taller than Mama - ha!|
I'm scared that I just let you get an Instagram account (about a year or two after all your friends, at that.)
But I love the depth of conversation it opens between us. And the patience you've demonstrated in waiting.
Your one-track-mind drives me NUTS, because you can't / don't let things go.
And yet that one-track-mind keeps you focused on specific goals. And even more, it's a sweet reminder that you have Cappy and Uncle Trey's genes.
I miss you while you're at school eight hours a day. But I'm glad for your teachers, your friends, these opportunities. Just this morning as I watched you walk across the street to school, I saw your daddy in you. I saw his features in yours, saw his expression in your smile as you chatted with a boy at the stop walk, and saw his grin and enthusiasm in your face as you greeted a few friends and adults heading into the building. I see him in you more and more as you get older - even the manner in which people respond to you is similar to how they would respond to Dad. Thrills my heart.
Just as I say aloud in my prayers with you every night, I'm so glad I get to be your mom. You are just amazing, and I recognize that it's a privilege that I get to grow up with you. I love you with my whole heart, Bran. Happy 12th to you!
|Your cheering section...|
|Was it really worth getting up this early??|
|Agh! I think this fish ate more breakfast that I did!|
And while pictures say a thousand words... this video says about a million as to your personality (and your brother's!) Love you!