The day you have talked about forever finally arrived, and you are now officially "double digits." How did that happen? Just yesterday you were that precious little 20-month old that I got to hold for the first time in that stark Chinese office.
While you weren't so sure about me (or any of us), I - on the other hand - knew immediately that I was in love.
You captivate me. You challenge me. Your capacity for learning and applying new knowledge - both academic and spiritual - is a joy to behold. Your interest in - and subsequent recall of - the world around you, is amazing to witness.
Your love and interest in your "littlest brother" have - I believe - surprised even you. The Lord has used him to grow you in ways that nothing else could have.
This too is a joy to behold.
I was surprised (in a good way) by a recent action you took, and you reminded me that you needed to "look out the interest of others, and not for your own interests." (Phil 2:4) Amen, Noah.
Cling to that, Noah. Cling to the truth of His word. Live it out.
Spend your life looking out for others interests. Be broken bread and poured out wine. Oh - how it will make Him smile.
And - in the process - it will make you smile too.
We are so thankful and blessed, Noah, that we have front-row seats to the Lord's work in and through you. We love you so much, buddy...and we are excited at the young man you are becoming right before our eyes.