my little Spitfire, Strong Willed, Big Heart, Smart, Laughing, Singing, Curious Boy.
You have brought so much joy to this family. I thank God every day for you.
And you have kept your Dad and me on our toes but I wouldn't have it any other way. You came in this world when you were ready not on anyone else time table. I went into labor with you on a Wednesday night. I got to the hospital and they slowed down my contractions because it was to early for you to be born, 6 weeks early. So they kept me in the hospital and said I would go home on Sunday as long as my contractions didn't start back. Well you had other things in mind. Saturday night, I started to have contractions and they weren't going any where. I called Momma Pat at 12 am and told her to come on that you were ready to come. At 5:45 am, I called Uncle Jimmy and told him to get to the hospital because he wanted to be one of the first to meet you. Everyone else we had told not to even call us on Sunday morning until after 10 am, so we could sleep in and would probably be getting to come home. Actually I already knew we wouldn't be, I knew you were going to come on Sunday. At 9:53 am, Carter Ray Snyder came into the world screaming on Sunday, October 3, 2004 at 5 lbs and 15 oz and 19 inches long. Healthy as can be. And since that moment everything has to be in your time. Because you were 6 weeks early you even got to go to your own baby shower that Granny (my mom) had planned for the following Saturday. Several people didn't even know that you had been born yet so it made for an interesting time at the party.
Carter Ray, you have made us, your Dad and me, Very proud. You are turning into a remarkable little boy that one day will do great things in God's name. That's my prayer for you, to always remember to lean on God and do everything for his glory. And for you to know how much you are Loved.
Love you Carter Ray and Happy 8th Birthday!
What a joyful adventure the last eight years have been!
Here's some pictures of you growing up...... not any from the day you were born, that was before I had a digital camera so I haven't scanned them into the computer yet, maybe one day.
|still new to walking|
|at Rock Island State Park staying in a cabin with Granny and Pa|
|playing in the leaves|
|just hanging out in the dryer|
|sleeping on the kitchen floor|
|wearing Dad's fire helmet|
|one of my favorite pictures|
|playing on the zip line in our backyard|
|a Shepherd at the Live Nativity at our church|
|always had fire boots on |