Bren Turns 16

Our first child turns 16 today. My Facebook statement sums up my sentiments nicely: "Hard to believe my eldest son Brendan turns 16 today. He is smart, responsible, strong, gentle, persistent, respectful, and faithful -- and I love him." But don't take my word for the type of young man he is (outstanding in many ways) or what motivates him (faith, food, personal goals, and a particular brand of ginger soda). Consider how he's spending this special occasion:

He opened his gifts this morning: a secondhand army dufflebag containing the following:
Some of it he asked for, all of it he'll enjoy -- and sweet 16 in this case is a relaxing day at home. He's growing into a fine young man, and we're proud of him. Much love to you on your birthday, son!

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