Reece, it’s hard to believe you are celebrating your eighth birthday today! I want to thank you for making the past eight years so exciting. I know I tell you, all the time, that you are the cutest boy in the world, and you ARE, but you are also very smart, funny, sensitive, kind-hearted, have great taste in clothes, and you’re a great basketball player! You also know more about cars and trucks than I will ever begin to know. You are extremely independent, too. You’ve always wanted to do things for yourself, and your opinions are your own, not someone else’s. You love life and get excited when you see a butterfly or a worm in the dirt. Your love for animals is boundless and it’s such a delight to see you playing with Dooley. Abby loves you, too, and leaps for joy when you walk in the room. Some of my favorite times with you are the Saturday mornings when we go to the Humane Society and you give treats to all the dogs. By the time we are ready to leave, you’ve fallen in love with at least two or three of the dogs and want to take them all home with you. They are also drawn to you like a magnet because they know that you are such a loving boy. I love you, my darling nephew, and hope you have a wonderful birthday.