My sweet boy, Lincoln,
8:43 AM on Monday, November 23, 2009 is a day and time I will never forget. It’s so hard to believe the day all my dreams came true was 11 years ago. The baby I used to rock to sleep is now almost a head taller than me! I really cannot believe how much you’ve grown this past year. I was just looking back at your 10th birthday letter, and you look SO much younger!
Despite getting older, you are still very much my boy. You like to hang out with me and just chat. I love that you’re so open and comfortable talking to me. I want you to always feel like you can come to me no matter what.
You love our special nights together when we camp out in my bed and watch a show. We’re currently watching Once Upon a Time, but we’ve watched several other series together this past year.
This past year has been unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. We’re in the midst of a pandemic. We’ve been quarantining at home since March. You’ve been distance learning from home since that time. Of course, being the person you are, you’re doing beyond well with this transition. You miss your friends and going to school, but you understand this is only temporary and it’s what we need to do.
Luckily we were able to get in one Disney cruise before the world shut down. You miss traveling so much. I miss hopping on a train with you to go to NYC for the day for my work. I love that you enjoy what I do so much. Having the opportunity for you to interview Josh Gad was incredible!
You haven’t been able to participate in team sports this year because of the pandemic. Basketball season ended a few weeks before the shutdown. Your team won the championship game! You were so happy!!
You started to play golf this year with your dad. You’re really having fun with it, and I know your dad enjoys it even more. You’ve also been going on long bike rides with Grammy, and of course swimming in your pool.
I’m sorry that the world is a bit of a mess right now. I hate that this is a part of your childhood. I just hope you remember the happy moments. The fact that we’re together and healthy is the important part. I promise this is only a temporary situation, and as soon as it’s safe to resume our normally scheduled lives we’ll jump to it. But for now, let’s remember to be thankful for what we do have. Each other.
You’re an amazing big brother. Even though I know Avery drives you crazy at times, you are really good with him. This crazy time has definitely brought the two of you closer, and for that I am thankful.
At 11 years old you still continuously amaze me every single day. Your kind heart is such an admirable quality. The world is a happier, brighter, more joyful place because of you.
Thank you for being my sweet boy and making me a Mommy. Happy birthday! I love you to infinity and beyond and never stop.