may 30th. it marks the day my sweet samson rex came into this world, five years ago today. it’s a day that we anxiously count down to several months beforehand with anticipation and excitement at our house because this boy is just the best, and his enthusiasm for celebrating the big day as it draws nearer is contagious, something i love so much about him.
you can’t be around samson and not feel loved. he’s my baby boy who will comment on something as simple as the overalls i just put on with such genuine excitement for me, that i truly feel like the best dressed woman in all the world. “wow, mom! i like those overalls! you look really great, mom!” and then i try to pick myself back up from the pile of mush i just melted into on the floor because seriously, this kid!
when samson makes a goal to learn or do something new, you can guarantee he’ll follow through all the way. he is determined like no other, from tying his shoes all by himself at an early age of three to learning to ride a two wheel bike in new york city this last winter at four and a half, he sets his goal with determination and focus and he follows through until he is the master of these things. (he was riding his big sister’s scooter before he could walk! he has always been this way!) samson has had his mind set on wanting roller blades since last fall, and while the thought of my four year old on roller blades in nyc was something i couldn’t bear to face, i knew it wasn’t a phase that he’d forget about by the next day as he started working hard to earn them all on his own. we agreed together that first he had to finish learning to ride his new bike without training wheels and then for his fifth birthday, he could ask for roller blades, because it’d be warmer out then and easier to learn to how to properly use them without snow and ice on the streets and also he’d be older (in my mind five seemed so much older than four at the time). and so, with roller blades on his mind many day since then, he’s had a count down to his big birthday where he’d finally get his roller blades, and he’s worked so hard each day leading up to it to make sure he was doing everything he could to keep on earning those blades! the best part? i know for certain that he’ll be roller blading like a pro within a week or two, because that is my samson. and while he’ll surely fall a few times in the process of learning, nothing will deter him from keeping at it, and mastering his new found skill.
i love this boy so much. from his sensitive heart and thoughtful prayers where he thanks his heavenly father for everything from the moon and planets to the black footed ferrets while asking for all of us to love and forgive each other, to how he loves his brother and sister with all his might and would do anything for them, which he shows through the way he shares with them or hugs them or speaks of them so proudly when they aren’t around.
he is smart, brave, considerate, thoughtful, curious, determined, responsible, helpful, and above all else, kind. i love when he’ll crawl into my bed in the early hours of the morning and cuddle beside me for a few moments as we wake up together, or the way he will greet strangers on the street with a bright and happy “hello!” as we pass by them. he has a laugh that will make you laugh with him, and a smile that puts all others to shame.
and while my children’s birthdays are never easy for me as i am always a pile of mixed emotions watching them grow so quickly while i try to hold my eye lids open and refuse to blink, i am just so so proud of my samson and the incredible boy he is.
i can’t wait to watch you conquer your dreams and soar, samson rex. happiest 5th birthday, samson! your mama loves you so so very much.