Happy 16th Birthday Kade!

WOAH.....How did that happen??? Kade, it was just a little over 8 years ago when you came into my life.  You were an adorably sweet little boy with several missing front teeth.  I still remember picking you up from school and you talking the entire way home about your day.  I remember running behind your bike in Nana and Poppie's driveway over and over and over again until you got the confidence to ride without training wheels.  I remember the way you and Mikaelyn used to play for hours because you were both so excited to have someone to play with.

You have grown into an amazingly adorable, loving and caring young man.  I talk about the fact that you will be leaving for college in 2 and 1/2 years like it is just a fact of life when really it will break my heart to see you go.  I say I am ready for you to grow up but in reality I wish I could keep you here safe and sound forever.  I have held on tight (sorry buddy) because you are the oldest and it is scary watching you guys grow up.  I am learning daily to let go a little more(you make this easier) and to trust that you are in God's hands.  I am proud of you and the choices you are making.  I am proud of your heart and the capacity it has to love the people around you.  I am so glad that God brought you into my life and allowed me the opportunity to love you.  I am proud of you for adjusting to all the chaos of having a blended family.  I love you and I am so excited to see what God has in store for you.  Always remember to listen to what God has planned for you.  Seek Him first...

And because I can't have a birthday post without pictures....here they are:

2007
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2011
2007
2009

8th grade - 2009

2011

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2011
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I love you!

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