Last but not least, it's Samuel's 15th birthday today! Samuel is the last Houston birthday of the year. So, what can I say about Sam? Let me just start with the fact that he won my heart from the very first moment I laid eyes on him!!! If you know him, it won't be difficult for you to believe me when I say that he was the sweetest little guy from day one.....ok, he wasn't so little at 9 lbs 7oz!!! He was a "little" chatter box, always with a sweet spirit as he'd play and gurgle at everyone who would pass by him! Rare it was to see him without a smile. He would be content to play quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) for hours.
Samuel is still a good natured, fun loving, adventurous, young man. We are so proud of our son who has had to wait for his turn to go on a missions trip with dad. He has done so with the greatest attitude and spirit. I know it's been hard for him to have to wait, but I know that when he does get to go, the trip will bless many! We are also blessed by his extreme joy over the fact that he is one of two matches to his "big" sister, Anna, and may get to be her bone marrow donor. I think he and Daniel may have some arm wrestling to do over it.... ;-) we'll see!
Samuel has a love for God that shows in his countenance. He also loves and honors his Dad and Mom. He is an awesome "little" and "big" brother to his ten brothers and sisters. At this point in his life, he desires to become a Navy Seal, though he is open to whatever the Lord leads. He is enthusiastic in his endeavors to grow in grace and knowledge, even when it's difficult. He loves Boy Scouts and is very close to obtaining the rank of Eagle which is the highest rank that only 3% of all Scouts get to. Samuel serves at church as an usher and also is learning in the sound tech ministry. He has learned much through serving and is developing his leadership abilities as well.
I love this young man immensely!!!! I pray that Samuel will continue to grow up to serve, honor, and glorify our loving Saviour, Jesus Christ, in ALL he does! No matter what!
Happy Birthday, Son! We love you and are blessed by you!!!!!
|Samuel's 10th birthday! (wow, 5 years ago!)|
|Good sushi, even better company! Dad and son in L.A., CA at a conference|
|First Boy Scout camp! FUN!!!!|
|I just thought this was an awesome picture of him!|
|On my honor, I will do my best..........|
|A top the Parche sail....ahem, I seriously doubt you are actually supposed to climb this, but hey, it was worth it for the pic!!!|
|Love his smile!|
|Horse back riding at the Bradrick farm|
|His goofy side! ;-)|
|At the shooting range at men's retreat last year.|
|Shooting the AR15|
|His 14th birthday.... seems like yesterday!|
|Loving his baby sister|
|Always up for a challenge!|