Our son Erik was born one year and a day after his older sister Adelyn was born.

He just turned nine.

Here are some things you should know about Erik

1. He likes physical touch. We knew this even before he walked up to Debbie and I one morning (four years ago) as we were saying goodbye and said, “Hug Group!”. He is the one who most often requests that all of us wrestle.

2. For his age, he’s the tallest of our children.

3. He likes to laugh and he tries to make us laugh. And I like it when I make him laugh.

4. When Debbie asked him what he’d like to do with her, he answered “Make a cherry pie”. Our whole family benefited from the result.

5. We love Erik and we’re glad he’s a part of our family.