I noticed all the times you sat W-2 brother down beside you and practiced piano while he banged on the keys.
I noticed all the times when you unselfishly played with and entertained your younger siblings.
I noticed all the times you gave your special toys and trinkets away to family and friends.
I noticed all the times you curled up against me at church.
I noticed the time you took my hand to walk with me at the field trip because you were so happy to have me present.
I noticed how eagerly you introduced me to your friends at school.
I noticed how hard you tried to run, throw, and jump at your school’s Field Day.
I noticed how you worked to learn the rest of the 24 memory verses in order to earn a week at boys’ camp and learned them weeks before they were due.
I noticed how you studied in school and got straight A’s all year.
I noticed how you tried so hard to pay attention and to get a good report on your behavior, and I noticed how tears filled your eyes whenever you were reprimanded.
I noticed how hard you worked to make your science poster turn out well and how delighted you were when you got first place.
I noticed how you have such patience and perseverance in making crafts, building stuff, and with everything you do.
I noticed how your eyes twinkle with a love for life.
I noticed how you giggle and how you protest vehemently against being tickled.
I noticed how you journal and love to write thoughtful notes to people.
I noticed how you love to read and are prolific at it.
I noticed how you are so much like your daddy and want to be an engineer just like him some day. And I can see that happening.
I noticed how you surprised you were when you received the “Christian Character” Award at school this year for your class.
I noticed how you wanted to be baptized this year.
I noticed, Son, your heart for God, and nothing makes me happier!
I love you, Son, no matter where you go and what you do because you will always be my very own precious son!