This is Tyler at a private horseback riding lesson. It is unmistakable how animals take to Tyler. He just has an intrinsic ability to connect with them. Jake is our black lab, but really, he is Tyler's buddy. Tyler was only 2 when Jake joined us. They have a unique bond. Tyler is also the most accomplished horseback rider in our family-at the ripe age of 7. He is still just learning, but honestly, his lack of fear and level of comfort just blow me away.
I am so proud of Tyler for the baby boy he used to be, the little boy he is today, and the big boy he is becoming. He continues to amaze me everyday of my life. His creativity, ingenuity and intelligence never stop growing. He is curious and inspired. He is a scientist and an explorer. He has an endless imagination and an unparalleled memory. He has been able to assemble Legos and transformers for as long as I can remember. He loves the outdoors-swimming, fishing, crawdad hunting-you name it. I just don't know how Paul and I are the parents of this precious little gem.
I remember being so worried about him. He has such a non-conforming disposition. He has no interest in being the center of attention, having an audience or making headlines. He just wants to do his thing. As he grows and matures, so do I; and I am learning from him. He walks to the path of his own beat, and I embrace it more each day. What a ride it is to see him growing up-and it's only the start. I know the best is yet to come.