I noticed all of the times you would pick dandelions and other flowers and give them to your sister or myself.
I noticed the times you shared your only gift cards to buy me a special treat.
I noticed all the times you made special bracelets and gave them away.
I noticed the times you defended the “under-dog” and comforted the hurting.
I noticed how you play with your younger siblings and share your special toys with them.
I noticed how athletic you are and how you won the first place award for top boy athlete in your class of 21 students.
I noticed how passionate you are about life and how you put your whole heart into whatever you do.
I noticed how you wanted to be baptized, along with your brothers, last Sunday.
I noticed how you love to read books and read well.
I noticed how willing you are to work hard to help others, including moving in new neighbors and shoveling the neighbors’ sidewalks.
I noticed how you looked out for your great grandmother and held the door for her and made sure she was okay getting in and out of the car.
I noticed how you love to fix your sister’s hair and love to see her wear pretty things.
I noticed how you love people and make friends easily.
I noticed how you love back-rubs and talking time.
I noticed how give great hugs and sloppy kisses.
I noticed how you get scared easily but will courageously stand up for someone in need.
I noticed how spiritually-sensitive and aware you are.
I noticed the time when you had been hurt by someone, and I encouraged you to picture putting all the hurts in a garbage bag and then handing them to Jesus. I noticed how I asked you then what that made you, and you said “free!”
I noticed the time you were so upset because of forgetfulness on your part and as a result, your little brother had gotten hurt. I noticed how when I asked you why you wouldn’t let me comfort you and what the lie was you were believing, you said, “That I am not to accept love… because I didn’t deserve it.”
I noticed how much better you seemed after I explained to you that was a lie and told you the truth: that you are forgiven, precious, and loved by God.
I noticed that you are an excellent student and received the highest award for top grades.
Son, I noticed that you are sensitive, caring, a fighter for good causes, enthusiastic, energetic, and affectionate.
Son, most of all, I noticed how thankful I am that you are my son — my sweet “light-bringer.” I love you!