Tuesday, June 5, 2012

3 years ago.....

3 years ago I was exceptionally large, sitting in Auckland Hospital waiting for Sam to be born......truth be told I was terrified as no-one knew if he would survive birth, let alone after that, then many dark days and tears....and well, you know the rest is history!  Tonight he is sleeping, blissfully aware that tomorrow he will no longer be '2 half', but he will be THREE!  THREE, I can't BELIEVE it.... THREE!!!  Who'd have thought - it's awesome, it's amazing, we're blown away that we have the joy and privilege of parenting this special little man.  We don't stop and contemplate very often how ill he was, as life is for living today, but we stand in awe of how far he has come and how we have been sustained through tough times by the love of friends and family and the presence of our loving God in our lives.

Sam is such a delight, such a hoot, great fun and brings such joy to our family.  Yesterday we had a special 'High Tea', in honor of the Queen's Birthday and three birthdays in our family this week - Nathan (cousin) 1/6, Candace 3/6 and Sam 6/6..... dress code was bow tie and tiara's.... it was a fun afternoon and Sam was rather fond of his bow tie (the $2 shop had a half price sale - True!) and happily wore it.  Last night I got him ready for bed and he was making such a fuss - he talks all the time but sometimes I have no clue what he is on about.  He kept pointing at something and shouting, 'on eye, on eye'.... after 5 mins of his increasing frustration I realised he was pointing at his bow tie and he was trying to say, 'on tie!'... I put it back on him and he said, 'thank you Mumma, goodnight' and promptly fell asleep!

Today we had a birthday celebration with 'T' - his special nurse of nearly 2 years and tomorrow we will have a couple of special friends home after school, but otherwise just a low key day as Sam has a heavy cold, so won't be venturing out to his usual music group.

So I leave you with some recent photos of our Sam.  Thank you for your love, prayers and support of this little guy and us on our journey.



X Shirl

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy, happy birthday you gorgeous, delightful wee man. You have brought - and continue to bring so much joy to so many! Much love, viv

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Samuel...what a blessing you've been to your family...may God continue leading each one of you for HIM. With greetings, McLay family :)

the Crumps said...

Happy birthday Sam (and Candace - oops, sorry we forget!)Enjoy your day and all it brings - amazing ot think 3 yrs have gone - God is very good!! Thinking of you all xxx
Jude, Pete, Madz, Jono and Elias xxxx

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday little fella - i love the bow tie. So cute. Abbie will be 6 this year and we feel exactly the same as you! Gets more emotional every year! Lots of Love to you all Paul, Gemma, Abbie, Lewis and Jacob x x

Glen Downes said...

What a great point in his life to celebrate. Its great to look back and reflect on how the entire family has grown and moulded with this special unique adventure you have travelled through.

I am in Auckland some time soon and would love to catch up again with you all.

Kate Manson said...

Makes my heart almost burst to read your comments Shirley - you are amazing mum to an amazingly gorgeous wee man!! Happy 3rd bday Sam. We think of you often - can't believe how fast time is going by, it just seems like yesterday you and Alice were ward mates :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Happy Birthday Sam!
Lots of Love from the Davies in BKK - yes we are still here!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shirley, A big Happy Birthday to Sam!! So amazing to see him in his bow tie standing and looking so handsome! Think of you all often :)

Samantha Sutherland said...

Happy Birthday, you gorgeous boy! Love from the Sutherlands

Anonymous said...

Hi NZ friends! It has been a while since I read your blog (changing a computer and losing links, not a good idea!) so GREAT to read the blog of Sam's birthday. I so remember a group of us praying for you all as he was born 3 years ago, and in the days following. It is indeed a miracle, a blessing, amazing, that you are celebrating Sam's birthday, talking, moving, engaging with life. Heaps of love to one and all - Clare, Dickon, Alice & jonny. PS I have left Tf and working for WWF!!! D taking care of Angola. A completed GCSEs!