It's been five years since this boy so peacefully entered into our lives.
When a friend once asked if I had a sense of who my children were while I was carrying them, I immediately thought of Daniel. The months of his pregnancy were pleasant and joyful; his birth in our home was calm and peaceful -- all very much how he is.
Yes, it's true, he has his share of boy energy that finds him bouncing through this world. But more than that, he has a quiet, sometimes reserved nature. While his older sister meets everything with a great outward curiosity and energy, Daniel eases his way along, quiet observation before excitement.
As the years march forward, he continues to find his own rhythm in the new roles he takes on; big brother, farmhand, playmate, helper and more. It has been a joy to watch him find his place and forge his relationships with his world and the people who fill it.
Here's wishing a day of wonder and adventure to our five-year-old boy.