I cannot believe you are 13! Or maybe I can't believe I am 13 years older!!!!! I want you to know that I have never thought of you as a "step-son" but as a son. I have enjoyed all the perks of being your "mom" without the pain of childbirth! You are an amazing individual and I hope you never forget that. It has been an honor to watch you grow into the person you are becoming and I am thankful everyday that I get to be a part of your life. You are sweet, caring, loving, compassionate, sensitive, honest, and considerate (and a million other things I forgot to mention). You are such an important part of this family, even before Ava came along and probably more so now. You are an amazing big brother and I know Ava loves you so much and I hope you can continue to be close and spend as much time together as possible! I hope that you have a wonderful day today and that it is everything you hope it to be. I love you more than words can ever express and I hope you never forget who you are and what you mean to me and this family.