You are six! Like the year before, five was an amazing year for you! You continued to defy the odds, amaze everyone who met you and spread insatiable joy.
You're fifth year brought better language skills, running and jumping, you're first soccer practice, second baseball season, many visits to museums and zoos, sleep overs at Nonnie and Papo's, your first extended time away from Mommy and Daddy AND it brought you your brothers.
My love, this was a BIG year for you and I loved watching you navigate your way through it. You made good friends (like Keira and Allie) said good bye to your beloved Miss Danielle and Miss Shannon, learned to trust (and love) new people, became a brother and literally, every day grew up before our eyes. See?
Sweet Gabe, you were my first baby and you taught me how to be a mommy. You unknowingly prepared me and Daddy on how to be the best parents we could; not just for you but your brothers as well. You have taught us to see beyond what is there and experience life in a way that doesn't allow us to stand on the sidelines.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote in The Little Prince "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
Gabe, you always use your heart. You see with your heart, you listen with your heart and you love deeply with your whole heart. I pray you never lose that, Gabriel and that Mommy and Daddy can help you cultivate that amazing gift.
We love you, sweet boy. The world; this crazy, mixed up place is a much better place because of you.