You are one.
I promise not to be that mother that gives your age in weeks now that you are a year old.
But, I will still hug and kiss you in public. I'll try to be cool in front of your friends.
I promise to let you try new things now that you are a year old.
But, I will always try to protect you from the dangers of the world. No, we still don't eat paper or dog food.
I promise to let you walk one step ahead of me now that you are a year old.
But, I will be right there, one step behind, waiting to catch you if you fall. And, when you do fall, sweet boy, I will help you to know that pain is temporary but my love is forever. And so is His. Then, I will smother you with tickles and I will try to make you forget.
I promise to let you explore independence now that you are a year old.
But, I will still rock you to sleep and stand quietly by your crib. There will be times, I'm sure, where I will still tiptoe into your room and watch your back rise and fall with your breath.
I promise to sing with you daily, read to you nightly, and pray for you every second of every day.
But, above all else, my precious child, I hope you know that He promises to hear your every need. He will know, even before I do, what your heart desires. And, when this world fails you, He never will.
I promise I'll love you forever. I'll like you for always. As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you."