You were a spitfire from birth.
You had us all holding our breath when you'd whirling-dervish your way into a room.
You had a smile and a head-full of angelic curls that could light up any gloomy day.
You were the first new baby in our family. The first grandson. My first nephew. A very wanted child.
You and I. We spent many a day together over the first five years of your life. We had park dates and adventures. We played and danced to Bon Jovi.
And, you grew, both in maturity and stature. You gained a self-control that amazed me. You were a friend to your sister and a helper to your family. You were kind and thoughtful and quiet and unassuming.
We had you in our lives for 18 years.
Such a short time for such a loved young man.
I can't wrap my mind around the truth of it. The truth that you aren't here with us anymore. The truth that I won't hear that "hello" when I call or see you sitting on the couch with that shy grin when I visit. The truth…
We'd like to introduce the newest member of our family.
I will write up a full birth story for him in the coming days, but this is all I'm up to right now.
Weighing in at 5 pounds 4 ounces and measuring 17 3/4 inches long with a wonderfully strong set of vocal chords,
Is our boy --
Oliver Flynn 💙
Olli, to the four of us who have gotten to know and already love him well.
Crazy, sweet, often-disobedient, loving Jack, you are 4 years old today.
You greet each day with silliness and laughter and loudness with your sister.
You test the boundaries and break all of the rules.
You have made tremendous strides in your speech this year and now talk our ears off all. day. long.
You love your people, and your people love you.
You are wild and adventurous. Smart and creative.
You know how to count to 20, but always skip 15.
You know the alphabet, and you enjoy being read to and "reading" to yourself.
You love to sing the books of the New Testament song, and you enjoy learning about people in the Bible, especially Jesus.
You love to eat, and eating at a restaurant makes your day. Grandpa and Nana took us out to eat for your birthday today at your favorite place, and you were a picture of grins as you and Daddy and Ella watched the boats out on the river and played washers and ran around and as Nana and Grandpa and Oliver and me all…