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To our Son

To our son...

From the minute we found out you were growing inside mommy...we were in love with you, sweet little one.  Your birth was nothing short of a miracle.

You are such an amazing blessing to our family, we love you more every day.

You made us a mommy and papi and we are thankful to God for answered prayer.

You started walking running at 10 months and you haven't stopped yet!

You love music, books and "just thinking."

Your favorite drink is terere (cold Paraguayan green tea)

You drove the Suburban at 2 years of age and it's by God's grace that you were not harmed!

You enjoy being outdoors and discovery (and mud) is what drives you.

Your love languages are touch and words of encouragements; you give us lots of hugs!

You are your papi's assistant and you love to take apart anything to figure out how it works. This is definitely a gift, since you know how to fix things that mom can't even fix!

Today is your fourth birthday and we thank God for your life, for your gifts and for the joy you bring us and everyone around you.  We love you with all our hearts and we consider you our greatest treasure.
Happy Birthday Timothy Samuel!


  1. Happy birthday Timmy,
    May God bless you richly.

    Stefan Zakowski

  2. Happy Birthday Timmy! Warm Birthday wishes from your friends Tim, Mary, and Luke.

  3. Hi to the Kurrle family! Happy Birthday Timmy! What a beautiful blog/tribute to Timmy...I love the pictures. He is a special little boy! It was good to see you all this summer and to get better acquainted with Timmy.
    God bless you all as you minister in His name!
    Much love from the Kants

  4. Hi to the Kurrle family! Happy Birthday Timmy! It was so good to see all of you this summer and to get better acquainted with Timmy. Thanks for posting your blog/tribute to Timmy....I love the pictures! God bless all of you as you minister for Him. Love from the Kants!


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