11 years. How my sweet boy did you ever get to be 11 years old? I am so very proud of the brave, strong, caring boy you have become. You always have a way of endearing yourself to everyone you meet. I have loved watching you mature this year. I look at you and still see my baby boy and yet you are growing up and becoming such an incredible young man. You continue to astound us with that curious, smart mind that absorbs so much of the world around you. I have watched you become the most loyal, protective, sweet older brother. Maddy adores you. I love to hear her call you "A-yex" and look up at you with so much love. I love how much you love her and how you always want her with you. I love to see you grow in confidence and independence. My sweet boy, I hope you always feel the love that surrounds you.