Sam is such a fun young man!  I love him.  I love his spirit.  I love to watch the perfectly, wonderful young adult he is becoming.

This has been a really hard year for him!  Really hard.

He has had to face a bunch of challenges that most 16 year old boys haven't had to deal with.  He got caught up in some family drama that was terribly disturbing for him. He faced it with bravery, courage and without bitterness.  He had to sit through the conference call to hear his new diagnosis; something I really, really regret allowing to happen.  Though he seems to be carrying on and taking it all in stride, I know he is deeply affected and sad and distracted.

Still, he carries on!

Here are some pictures of Sam at the eye doctor that I forgot to include in my last post.

Looking cool in the dilation glasses.  He didn't think he would need them but the second he walked out the door and into the bright afternoon sun...he quickly changed his mind.  He had a hard time reading and writing but went to back to school anyways, sporting this beauties! 

I love this picture of Sam!  I love his smile!  He made this fishing pole himself.  It looks so professional!  He made it in a Forestry class at school.  Today was the maiden trip to try it out and look!!! He caught a fish!  I sure hope he doesn't bring that fishy thing home!  He also made some really cool flies! 
It seems like every school year, I try to have a tradition of some sort.  Like one year, we had Paradise Friday's and went for donuts every Friday before school started.   It was something to look forward to at the end of the week.

Another time, we went to Happy Hour at Applebees on Friday's after school.  They had 1/2 price appetizers and we would get a couple to share and talk about the week before he had to leave for his dad's house.

This year is harder.  He's older, busy and drives himself to school.  It feels like he needs me less and less but I need him more and more.   I have been trying to find something I can do to keep our hearts close at least, something special...a tradition.

At Deseret Book, I found these little boxes of pop-open cards.  They some for love to send in lunch boxes, Hope and Happiness.  I bought all three.  Every week, I try to hide one of these somewhere for him and Shelbie too, to find.  I hide them in his car, sticking out of his steering wheel, in his lunch bag, on the bathroom mirror.  I love it!  They sort of act like it's dumb but I know...they secretly love finding them!

I don't think you are ever too old to get a little surprise of love!!

Sam adds so much to our family.  He has grown up a lot in the past year!  One thing I am so excited about it is Spencer coming home to a brother that is completely different! Not the little brother that was annoying to a 17 year old big brother!  I just know they are going to be the best of friends!   They were friends before but a 4 year spread when one is 10 and the other is 14 seems huge...Now it doesn't seem like such a difference!



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