Joshua, you’re 8! This year you seem to have gotten older, taller and more grown-up faster than years past. Is that possible?

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Seriously kid, you’re a heartbreaker.

I don’t know where my cute little toddler went but I when I look into the future I see you swiftly growing into a young man. And it’s freaking me out! So, slow down a little bit, okay?

You love the beach, bacon, climbing (anywhere and everywhere), building things, swimming, and adventure. You’ve decided you’re more of a big city person and you’ve been loving living in Taipei.


You’re daring and courageous, yet not reckless. You’re strategic and impressively good at games like Monopoly. You’re so sweet to your baby brother Charlie, you treat him with such gentleness and care. You love dates with dad and have enjoyed getting inducted into the world of Star Wars with him this year.


You’re basically a ninja

You process inside so I often wonder what’s going on in that big brain of yours. I always enjoy when you let me in and tell me the elaborate story you’re thinking of or whatever thought process you’re having.

You’re super creative… whether it’s in a drawing or a lego creation or a story or a game that you’ve made up for you and Sammy to play. You’re a really good teacher. You love to show your brothers how to do things and you’re very patient at explaining new concepts to them.


Eight is great!

You’re a people person. You love to meet new people and make new friends. I love watching you at the playground because you have no fear walking up to kids and asking them to play. Even when you don’t speak the same language. I wish I was as brave as you!

Happy birthday buddy. I know it’s not the same having your birthday in a foreign place but you’ve been such a trooper about it. I hope you still feel super celebrated and as special as you are. You are so very very loved.