I love this photo because you can see 2 things-first, how incredibly beautiful Sam’s green eyes are and second, his silly happy spirit. Sam-shine, Sam-0-Rama, and Sam-I-Am, he has the most pet names in our family, just because his first name is so amiable (like he is). He is eagerly anticipating turning 10 this summer because 1. he will be in double digits, and you know that’s like a breath away from adulthood. 2. He will get to watch “Lord of The Rings” on DVD. (and I know it’s not a kid movie-don’t email me or call Dept of Human Services…don’t judge my parenting by the mistakes I choose to blog about, I just put it out there to help all you feel better about your own thoughtful, responsible parenting) This ocurred after endless begging and pleading by both Josiah and Sam to watch it. I said “Someday, when you are older” “When!?!” “Oh, over 10 at least” (it seemed way older to me then) and after you have read the whole series. I didn’t expect them to do it, those books are huge and since “I” never found them interesting I thought…oh well, you see how things go around here…let this be a lesson-never underestimate your children.
so here are some random Sammy facts:
he loves gymnastics, swimming, camping and climbing up EVERYTHING. He is “all boy” if it is dangerous or loud or smells bad-and even better, combine those- he is on it! When we went to Disney World he wanted to go on every roller coaster and showed no fear. I hid mine pretty good and went on several things I normally wouldn’t have because hey, this 8 year old was willing to die. Courage is contagious (and well, I couldn’t let my baby be braver than I was.)
He adores anything sweet (I could only wean him with Ovaltine-without that blessed product he might still be nursing) or coconut flavored and can eat as much pasta as you can make. If he is hesitant to try something all I have to do is say “Well, Uncle Brian likes ****” and suddenly so does Sam!
When wrestling with his Dad, his brothers might give up, get tired etc but John laughs at how Sam never quits, never surrenders, never gives up-he’ll keep charging, no matter how outnumbered or tired he is. Not in anger, but in determination! This will serve him well someday, he says he wants to be a spy or a policeman or in the military “somethin’ with ADVENTURE, Mom!” His wise older brother suggested he just be a detective instead of a policeman-said “it’s still fun, but you aren’t gettin’ shot at” Sam replied “If it’s not dangerous, it’s not fun.”
His favorite school subject is History, and reading. He devours biographies on great men, heroes and battles. He is always the last one up in the morning and needs the most sleep of the three boys. His chores are helping with the laundry, cleaning the bathroom and tidying his bedroom-he has to be reminded of these because he is easily distracted but he is eager to please and generally works hard.
Sam is allergic to artificial dyes-today he had some Skittles and within an hour his sunny disposition was missing and he was crying over the horror of beef enchiladas for supper and snapping at his brothers. This is SO RARE for Sam that we immediately knew what it was caused by because this boy is always HAPPY. He is the “sweet stuff in the middle” a gentle, compassionate peacemaker with brave warrior courage. I think of David in the Old Testament when I think about our middle son. David was such
a mighty warrior yet he wrote Psalms and played that harp. We pray that when he is fully mature that our Sammy will be “a man after God’s own heart” also. Goliaths of this world-you’ve been warned!