Photos courtesy of Ryan Prouty

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Gabriel's day

Today makes a grand total of 12 years that Gabriel has been in our family. In fact, his birth made us a family. We will never forget the unimaginable amount of love that flooded into our lives on that day 12 years ago. I could have made a video with 100 hours of pictures of Gabe (after all he is the firstborn), but I won't bore you beyond his first year.

In the 12 years that you have been with us, you have shown yourself to be sensitive, caring, obedient, desiring to please and honor your parents, the protector of your brothers and sister, a Christ follower, feeling called to the mission field, a joke-teller, Chinese food lover, responsible, honor roll student. We love you with all our hearts!!
G: growing like a weed
A: always trying to please
B: bony
R: roller coaster lover
I: imaginative
E: extra picky eater
L: loving

We couldn't imagine our family without you buddy! We are so proud of the young man you are growing up to be. We pray that you will continue to follow Jesus and that your heart will remain broken for those who don't know Him!


~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Happy Birthday, Gabriel! :)

May Family said...

Happy Birthday Gabe!! Next year....... the teen years!

strong said...

Happy 12th Birthday Gabe!!!
Can't believe that you and Kayla are 12. Have a great day!

I love you!

Aunt Rae

Melanie said...

Happy Birthday Gabriel!!
Travis-Paige was looking at your blog with me and said, "I want to go to the beach, mommy! I want to play there." And she can hardly stand that I'm leaving a comment and she can't see the beach.

Cindy and company said...

Happy Happy Birthday Gabriel! From the whole Hogan clan. We hope you had a wonderful day in the warm Florida sun!!!!! Loved the slideshow, too.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful birthday tribute to the sweetest boy we know. Needless to say that the tears flowed while viewing the photos, (we remember them all with joy and smiles amid the tears). Then again, the tears came while reading the words. We are so very, very blessed to have you in our lives Gabriel and God's purpose for your life is revealed every day. You are loved so very much and we give thanks to God every day for you.

Much love and many hugs,
G. & P. P.

Anonymous said...

Wow, buddy, I can't believe it has been twelve years. The time has flown. I am sniffing after watching that slide show of pictures of you (when did your mother become so computer savvy??) and remembering. Nathan and Jonathan are watching with me and both commented that my favorite pic of you (the one of you sitting in your rocking chair with your coat all buttoned up) looks just like an expression you still wear. I agree. Next will we celebrate BIG!! I love you!

Plane Whisperer said...

Just wanted to thank Gabriel for inviting me to his birthday dinner. I hope you had a great birthday......Harv

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday to Gabe!!! Loved the slide, pictures are so great!!!
from all of the McIlravy's