Of all of our kids, you were the most excited about all of our changes this past year. You couldn't wait to move, you couldn't wait to get married, you couldn't wait to make new friends. Interestingly, as excited as you were, you seemed to struggle some in the beginning. I think with a personality as big as yours, you felt like you should hold back a little until you got to know some people. And feeling stifled isn't really something that fits into your personality. I hope you know that you never need to hold back and the being yourself is all you ever need to be.
You also struggled a bit with needing to know the whys and hows of decisions and needing to feel that everything was fair. It is not easy merging two families, and sometimes we have to do what is right for each child individually. Often it is not fair, but it is necessary. We had some good talks and you understood. I think you learned that sometimes while things may not seem exactly fair, they can still be right. That is a big lesson in life and I am proud of you for knowing it.
This year my hope for you is that you continue on your path with patience, understanding and the willingness to listen to others. You are one of the most empathetic people I know. You are also one of the most gregarious. If you can learn to merge those traits and become someone who can listen as well as he talks, then you will have accomplished something good.
I hope that you continue on your path of excellence at school and continue to learn and improve at lacrosse. I feel like you have found your place in our new town, and you will only become more a part of life in Spanish Fort as the years continue.
I hope you always "stick to my plan" as you do even when there are bumps in the road (or a girl dumps you, heehee). Keep your focus, make good choices and be yourself...and you can't go wrong!
And LAX ON! (I know, It's dorky, but I thought you'd like it!)