today marks samson’s 6th birthday! which means it also marks the anniversary of one of the happiest days of my life. josh and i talk often about how much we lucked out with our samson. he came to us so easily, an incredible surprise we found out about when eleanor was only 7 months old. after a pregnancy full of craving raw vegetables (still shocked and confused by this!) and a mere 8 minutes of calm and easy pushing at the hospital the following May (something else i still can’t get over, normally my birth experiences are messy ordeals i don’t necessarily care to revisit), this little guy stole our hearts in ways i didn’t know mine was even available for stealing.
this boy is always thinking of everyone around him. the way he greets me every morning with the biggest hug and smile, you’d think i was holding a surprise candy cart with balloons or something. but he just knows how to make everyone feel like they are important in the moment, and special. we’ll walk the streets of our neighborhood, and he’ll see friends from school or people from church and call to them by name, waving and smiling so big.
i worry often about tainting his incredibly good spirit. it’s how he came to us, and even 6 years later, i’m just trying not to get in the way and mess with it too terribly each day. all the while, learning so much from him about patience and love and getting the most from our daily experiences.
a lover of snacking on raw peppers and eating all the corn on the cob, of making abstract art with oil pastels and wanting to be a part of anything that is being made in the kitchen. who prefers completing his week worth of kindergarten homework on monday afternoons rather than spacing it out, and insists on a uniform of the same pants and shirt to wear each day, maybe in different colors and patterns. he’s the lego building master in our home, and the only one in our family that can keep a tan 365 days of the year. filled with a determination to keep trying, fostered by a curious mind that loves to work hard and try new things, it’s just an honor to get to be a part of his life experience. and oh my gosh, do i love getting to be his mama.
happy birthday, samson rex! thank you for bringing so much joy and laughter and love into my every day. you are loved by so many, but i hope you’ll always know how much your mama loves you, to the moon and back and forever and ever. eternally. forever and always.