Derek, I love you!! I love your smile, I love your infectious hysterical giggles and the way you want everyone around you to giggle too! I love watching you concentrate, focusing on building with your toys or playing for hours with your “guys” and saving the universe. I love how you love to dress up, when you stick your lightsaber in the side of your pants, put a butterfly net down the back of your shirt and run the backyard perimeter with a flashlight searching for lightening bugs. I love the way you won’t fall asleep without asking me to rub your back as you cling to your favorite lion under the blankie grandma made you. I love how you adore your sister, how you try to ease her when she is upset and how you willingly give up what you have in order to put her at ease with what she wants. I love how you ask your Daddy all about sports, how you sit next to him watching a game and ask 500 thousand questions over and over because you want to know everything. I love how chatty you are, how you can tell me so many amazing stories about everything you are learning. I love your fascination with hot lava and how it came out of volcanos and formed land. I love how you reteach me so many facts that I have forgotten. I love how you always pick mommy, no matter what…mommy! I love how you sleep in my bed everything night, I watch you as you sleep and make wishes for you and your future!
I know you will do amazing things in your lifetime. You, my son, WILL move mountains! You will be someone who does something about things and doesn’t just complain about them. I see it in you, your kindness and generosity is what will help you make a difference in the world. Derek, one day when you are too busy to kiss me goodbye and running off to school or to a ball game, just know…I LOVE YOU!! Wherever you are, no matter where you go, my heart is with you. I have been given the biggest gift the world can give, I have been given you as my child and I love you Derek!!