I know it happens. I just didn't think it happened this fast.
Where did the past 12 months go? What happened to the last 52 weeks? And, my oh my, did I blink and miss 365 days?
It's been a year already and today you are five. Five!
Grady Lee, Dad and Mom love you more than you'll ever know, but just a fraction of how much Jesus loves you. We hope that in our best efforts to love you and point you to Jesus, you come to know and love him with all that you are!
I took time to review pictures from this last year - yikes! - there were a lot of them. Impossible to choose just the cute ones, cause they're all cute. Impossible to choose just the funny and silly ones, cause there are a whole lot of those, too.
So, I decided to take a couple of pictures from each month that highlight you. Not you and your brother. Not you and your friends. Just you.
You've definitely got a knack for art - painting, cutting, coloring. You like to learn new techniques and discover new ways of doing things.
Yes, yes, yes - a true boy that loves the dirt and the mud! It doesn't matter where we are or what we're doing, you can always find it.
Look at that! You do slow down and rest (occasionally). You wake in the morning and hit the ground running all day until it's time for bed in the evening. You play hard. You learn hard. You work hard. You don't seem to do most things half-heartedly.
And here we are on June 11 again. Five years old! Dad and Mom love you. We are proud of you. We are thankful for you.
You are a gift and we treasure the responsibility to care for you and help enable you to be all that God intends you to be. We are learning each day right alongside you. We've made mistakes this past year. We have new goals for this coming year. But mostly, mostly we want you to never ever question the safe and penetrating love of Jesus.
Happy Birthday Grady Lee!