A letter to Maxim – Happy 7th Birthday!

Dear Maxim,

I can’t believe a week ago, you turned 7! Where in the world is time going? In the usual manner of celebrating like we do, we celebrated your birthday all week AND all weekend long. We know a good thing when we see something and you, my love, are a good thing. 🙂

Celebrating with lots of your friends!

Celebrating with lots of your friends!

Go Steelers! Not the best decorated, but it's oh. so. good. #yummycake

Go Steelers! Not the best decorated cake, but it’s oh. so. good. #yummycake

Celebrating with family

Celebrating with family

Seven years old!

Seven years old!

Seven years ago, at 10:15 p.m., God brought you into our world and my heart has never been the same. I didn’t know that I could love another son as much as I loved Nate, but in typical “God and His ways”…He showed me differently. Instantly, the moment you were born, I was in love all over again. My heart had doubled in size and your daddy and I were over the moon in love with you, just like we had experienced when Nate was born.

Maxim Sage...7 lbs. 11 oz.

We welcomed you into the world, Maxim Sage, on April 27, 2009…7 lbs. 11 oz.

As I became a mom to the two best boys ever, I saw how unique each of you were. I remember when you were about six months old, our cousin Annie asking me, “Ang, does Max ever cry?” to which I had to stop and ponder…After thinking for awhile, I responded, “Ummm….no, not really. When he’s hungry, he just roots and grunts. I guess I can’t think of many times when he has cried.” #truth #youweresuchahappybaby

Such a happy baby!

Such a happy baby!

Sweet Maxim Sage :)

Sweet Maxim Sage :)

"Hey Mommy, let's get my muscles out!" you said, so I rolled up your sleeves :) #sweet3yearold

“Hey Mommy, let’s get my muscles out!” you said, so I rolled up your sleeves 🙂 #sweet3yearold

A brave boy and his frogs :)

A brave boy and his frogs :)

And that’s been you, Maxim Sage…so easy going and such a happy boy. You have such a tender spirit and yet, you can let out the best belly laugh at any given moment, too. For being one of the biggest boys in first grade, you sure are a gentle giant. Not to mention the fact that though there are four years between you and your big brother, you both wear the same shoe size now and you only weigh about three pounds less than Nate.

Speaking of your big brother, Daddy and I love seeing how you and Nate truly are the best of friends. You boys love playing basketball together, exploring out at the farm together, and are always having fun together playing with your buddies in the neighborhood. With your brother as one of your biggest fans and fiercely protective of you, you know that Nate is always watching out for you. #brotherlylove

Our two sweet boys

Our two sweet boys

Brotherly love :)

Brotherly love :)

Always dressed similar :)

Always dressed similar :)

#bestbuds

#bestbuds

Two hungry bros

Two hungry bros

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As you are growing up, it’s so neat to see you do what you love. You love reading, writing, spending time outdoors, and playing all manner of sports.

You are a FISH! #loveswimming

You are a FISH! And love your goggles!

Our little baller #headbandwasimportant

Our little baller #headbandwasimportant

You LOVE football!

You LOVE football! (We are glad you’ve come to the Steelers side now! Hahaha) ;)

You are reading chapter books like crazy!

You are reading chapter books like crazy! #booksarethebest

You loved wearing a tie for your Christmas program at school (though you don't always like to wear 'handsome shirts')

You loved wearing a tie & snazzy shoes for your Christmas program at school. (though you don’t ALWAYS like to wear ‘handsome shirts’)

Maxim, you make our family complete.

Seven years ago, we welcomed you into the world :) #familyoffour

Seven years ago, we joyfully became a family of four :)

Family vacation to Mount Rushmore

Family vacation to Mount Rushmore

Our Christmas card :)

Our Christmas card – December 2015

We thank God for you and are so blessed that He picked me and Daddy to be your mom and dad. You make our hearts full of love and we are so proud of the sweet, young gentleman that you are growing into. Maxim, we are so happy to see you love God with all of your heart…that is the most important thing! Keep your eyes on Him and He will guide you and bless you!!!

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Happy 7th Birthday Maxim Sage!! We love you always!!

xoxo ~ Mom and Dad

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments
  • Melanie Blunk
    May 4, 2016

    We love you, Maxim! God bless you and your family always!
    😘

    • Angela Banae
      May 13, 2016

      Thank you, Mom! He is such a sweetie!! xo 🙂

  • Jolee Jansen
    May 5, 2016

    He is soo cute. Love your letters to your boys-such a good idea. I hope he had a great birthday week!

    • Angela Banae
      May 13, 2016

      Thank you Jolee!! It’s been fun to write these letters! I hope they’ll always enjoy going back on reading them and looking at the pictures…I can’t believe how fast Maxim in growing up!! 🙂

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