Our sweet Declan Kolbe turned NINE this weekend.
"I can't believe I'm nine. I still feel like I'm only eight."
The night before his birthday, I told Declan that I was going to take him grocery shopping with me in the morning. He said "Yesssss! That's my favorite thing to do in the morning!" This boy is an absolute joy, smiles so easily and is happy to tag along anywhere. He is constantly asking to come with us on errands, dog walks, and runs and can keep up while chatting us up the whole time. He was very happy to find cards from his siblings (JP face-timed him from college):
He picked donuts for breakfast:
He reminded me that I had said that everybody could use the foot massager on their birthday:
After lunch (Annie's mac n cheese that he had picked out at the grocery store) he got to open his big present:
A nighthawk! Don't worry, we made him go put on shoes and a helmet before he zoomed off.
Declan picked shepherd's pie "with only corn, no peas and carrots" for dinner and triple chocolate cake (with ice cream, of course) for dessert.
Declan has always loved dolphins. He hopes to swim with them one day and I hope his dream comes true, but until then, he has a nice light for his room.
Nana and Gramps sent up The Chronicles of Narnia set, which was a big hit! Xander stole book five to read right away.
Gammy and Grandpa got him a fitness tracker, which he has been asking for since Brendan got one on his last birthday.
And we gave him a Paint by Sticker book with ocean animal pictures. The kids love doing these :)
Declan, we all love you so very much. You are a kind and generous little boy who is so very thankful for everything you have. You love so easily and give out hugs and say "I love you from the bottom of my heart" every single time we leave each other. You love to play outside, especially soccer, but you are a great student in school as well, and a friend to all. You are coming out of your shyness each year and it's fun watching you grow in confidence. We don't deserve a beautiful soul like you, but we are so very grateful to God for the gift of Declan Kolbe Martin. We love you from the bottoms of our hearts. Happy Birthday!