Hey Graham,

You, my boy, are seven. Seven. SEVEN. I know that people tell you that the years fly by when you have kids, and I have said the same, but I honestly can’t seem to process the fact that you are seven.

This school year has been a tough one on me when it comes to you. Not in regards to your school work (You’re doing fantastic) or in regards to your friends (You have some great ones) but it regards to the fact that you are in the second grade. Starting school in Kindergarten was emotional for me as your Mom because it meant that you were entering a whole new stage of life. You would be spending a few days a week under the care of an adult that was not your Dad or I and you would be filling your days with activities that I would not be a part of, other than school newsletters and hand-made crafts that you brought home. Despite this, you still seemed so young. So little. So not-quite-grown-up.

The same held true for the first grade. You started attending school full-time but the bandage of being apart from me had been ripped off the year before. You were learning a lot, started reading (well) and discovered your creative side. Despite all of this, you still seemed like a kid and not a big boy.

This has all changed. There’s something about saying that you’re in second grade that makes you seem bigger. Older. All grown up. Throw in the fact that you are now seven and, well, I simply can’t believe it. But enough about me – let’s talk about you.

You are one really neat kid. That may seem like a statement that doesn’t say a lot, but in actuality it sums you up pretty perfectly.

People love you. I’m not just talking about family and close friends who love you because we are family. I’m talking about people who have had only minor encounters with you. You have this energy about you that is palpable. You love life, it shows, and it is contagious.

You’re a smart kid. Like, crazy smart. Not only that, you are so gifted creatively that I wonder where it bring you in your life. You like to make books. BOOKS. They come complete with a storyline and illustrations and, well, DUDE. I am so incredibly proud of your talent.

In the creative realm, you are also a Lego master. You will dig through the bucket and form these ridiculous masterpieces. I can only build a Lego structure if I follow instructions and even then it’s sketchy. You, however, will bring up something you made, tell me it’s, say, Bumblebee and lo! It looks like Bumblebee.

Every morning when you get up you come to me for a big sleepy hug. Throughout the day you will sing a little ditty you made up with the refrain, “I love my Momma” and my heart melts every. single. time. At the end of the day when we tuck you in and ask you what you are thankful for you say, “That you’re my Mom.” You smother me with love, kiddo, and make both laugh and tear up all day long.

You love babies. You have ever since you were a baby yourself. You were twenty months old when Nathan was born and you would call him “B”. That same love is bestowed upon your baby sister Emily. This love of babies extends beyond our immediate family to any baby we encounter in our travels. You talk to them, you play with them, you make them smile from ear to ear and usually, giggle.

You have this same effect on everyone, kiddo. I know that you’re mine and that you’ve got a unique place in my heart because you’re my firstborn, but you truly are something special. I know it, Daddy knows it, Nathan and Emily know it…everybody knows it. You are a treat to be around and one of the biggest blessings I have ever received.

I love you, dude. Happy Birthday.


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  1. Hannah December 29, 2009 1:37 am edit

    Happy Birthday, Graham!! Enjoy being seven (my 7-year-old will tell you that’s pretty darn awesome).
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..Christmas, in pictures =-.

  2. kakaty December 29, 2009 7:27 am edit

    Happy Birthday, Graham!!!

    (and on a totally side note: my sister, niece and nephew are here for a few days. Combined with my kid they are ages 3, 5 and 8. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought “OMG, how does Angella DO this everyday?” – they are crazy and funny and loud and exhausting!)

  3. Jennie December 29, 2009 8:15 am edit

    This makes me so excited to meet mine in Feb! I hope and pray for the same type of cool dude.

  4. Kami's Khlopchyk December 29, 2009 8:59 am edit

    Happy Birthday to your spectacular dude!
    .-= Kami’s Khlopchyk´s last blog ..Virtually a Christmas Card =-.

  5. whoorl December 29, 2009 9:03 am edit

    Happy Birthday to the coolest 7-year-old around!
    .-= whoorl´s last blog ..Happy Holidays! =-.

  6. Kristabella December 29, 2009 9:16 am edit

    Happy Birthday G! Seven is great! And it only gets better!
    .-= Kristabella´s last blog ..Christmustache Hangover =-.

  7. Jennie December 29, 2009 9:37 am edit

    SEVEN? Now, that’s just impossible. I demand a recount.

  8. Danica December 29, 2009 11:24 am edit

    Happy Birthday!
    His personality sounds a lot like Dora. Must be a weird oldest child / grade 2 / Candian / Christian / mother who blogs combo.
    .-= Danica´s last blog ..Me and Him (and the other two) =-.

  9. Kerri Anne December 29, 2009 11:52 am edit

    This just made me cry. Graham really is one of the neatest kids I have ever met. But I feel that way about all three of your kiddos. Give him big! birthday hugs from me, and Iggy, too.
    .-= Kerri Anne´s last blog ..The Number One Reason I Love Used Books =-.

  10. hillary December 29, 2009 11:52 am edit

    Happy Birthday, Graham!
    .-= hillary´s last blog ..Jumping Music Swift D.J.s Smoke Machines And Laser Rays =-.

  11. Dayna December 29, 2009 12:28 pm edit

    Happy Birthday, Graham! I miss you like crazy and talk about you to anyone who will listen. I love you!
    .-= Dayna´s last blog ..The Shadow Proves the Sunshine =-.

  12. Mel December 29, 2009 12:48 pm edit

    Happy Birthday G!! I hope you have as special a day as you are!! Love you big guy, Aunt Mel, Uncle James, Keenan and Haylei XOXO
    .-= Mel´s last blog ..Half of the Reason =-.

  13. Tamara December 29, 2009 5:23 pm edit

    Happy Birthday Graham!

  14. Michele December 30, 2009 1:13 am edit

    Happy Birthday Graham :)

    And great post Angella!

  15. Heather @ Domestic Extraordinaire December 30, 2009 11:20 am edit

    Happy Belated birthday to you Graham!
    .-= Heather @ Domestic Extraordinaire´s last blog ..Peace & Joy =-.

  16. Sue @ Laundry for Six December 30, 2009 12:15 pm edit

    I forgot that we realized last year that we were in labor (or labour!) together! We celebrated no. 7 with dinner at a Japanese steak house and what my kids called Ninja Chefs. I spent the day flabbergasted that’s it’s really been 7 years since that lovely winter night. Sniff!

    Happy Birthday, Graham!!
    .-= Sue @ Laundry for Six´s last blog ..not calm, not bright, not yet =-.

  17. Elizabeth December 31, 2009 1:38 am edit

    Happy Birthday, Graham. May you be showered in blessings…
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Pulling Teeth =-.

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