This is one of my favorite pictures of Andrew. Not long after this picture was taken, I called Mom to report that Andrew’s pediatrician said that his physical development was delayed. Mom called back a few days later with reassuring words from Grandmother Marjorie. Looking at her own copy of the picture, Grandmother said to tell me not to worry—she was confident that there was not one thing wrong with a child that smiled as he did.
We didn’t keep that pediatrician for long. It would be amusing though to show the doctor how she missed her diagnosis by a mile. Besides, Mark and I, with much thought and prayer, had named him after one of the twelve apostles. “Andrew,” a Greek name, means strong and manly. Andrew is, indeed, strong and manly, and, like the apostle, shows brotherly love in authentic ways to the people in his life.
God’s blessings on you, Andrew! Happy 23rd Birthday!