Eleven years old. Whew. Sometimes, though, it’s a little like Sam is eleven going on sixteen. Sometimes I look over at his intelligent, maturing face as he works on puzzles or reads a book, and think, “Wow, who is that teen-ager? Where did he come from?” 🙂

Our deep-thinker is growing fast. He continues to love organizing things-he told me yesterday that, since he loves organizing, he would sort all the LEGO pieces by color and set for us. (No kidding!) He is often lost in thoughts, thinking the most profound things and creating interesting scenerios and stories.
Sammy loves a good story, and can often be seen stretched out on the couch with a book. He is one of the only people I know who will laugh aloud while reading! His favorites vary from the intriguing series of “The Lord of the Rings” to the adventures of “A Bear Named Paddington”.
Sam’s quick wit and quirky humor keeps us in stitches constantly! But, he also has a very solemn side to him. Once during a Bible study at our church, a friend leaned over to me and wrote on a piece of paper, “I can’t wait to hear what Sam has to say.” She whispered that she loves hearing his observations on different subjects.
Keep growing in the Lord, Samuel. Listen for His voice and diligently read His Word to seek out His direction for your life. Continue to be a godly young man. Strive to be a gentleman in all you do and pursue righteousness.

2nd TIMOTHY 2:1, 2, 15-16, 22-25a; 3:14-17; 4:2, 22
“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle babble, for they will increase to more ungodliness. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility…

“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you
have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

“Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

“The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.”

Happy Birthday, Sam!
Taylor for the family