March 25th 2005 "Good Friday" was the day Elliot Daniel Sweeney was born.
Daddy was sure during the entire pregnancy that it was going to be a boy, he just knew. Mom on the other hand had to wait for him to tell her after baby came out that she had a son.
Daniel at the Memphis Zoo October 2006
Around his 2 year birthday on a visit to Grandpa and Grandma Sweeneys in Tennessee playing basketball with Uncle Aaron
2008 This photo shows what we were just beginning to realize when brother was 3 years old, That he liked being funny.
We move our 3 going on 4 year old from his home country the USA to Hong Kong China. He calls the MTR stop University - Universary and his favorite place to eat is basghetti house. (Spaghetti House)
He likes Star Wars and calls the droid army robots- "Roger rogers" He not only says cute words. He also "hates" walking and cries every time we walk from our Apartment to our shuttle ( 3 minutes walk) I think he cries because he knows that means a day or at least a good hour or more walking, possibly standing on a MTR train or bus. I believe it was 4 months after we lived in Hong Kong that he finally stopped whining or crying about having to walk. A typical American kid at 3 years old is in a stroller or car when in transit, so we empathized with his discomfort. But we still made him walk.
He says goodbye to the closest friend he ever had. He asks everyday for months to see his friend ( who had returned to the States) this loss which is common in Hong Kong, is hard for mom to see him experience.
He becomes enrolled at the Norwegian International school in Tai Po
He is a K3 student which is equivalent to US kindergarten.
He develops what mom calls his Hong Kong- English as a second language accent. The term Pan Pacific accent was mentioned.
He says Ai Ya ( a common expression in Chinese when something Minor wrong/accidentally happens) His inflection in words starts to go up . The teacher says Elliot is often pulled in several directions because all the boys want to play with him
He is all boy. loves wrestling with daddy and 'fighting" will make a shooting sound effect out of anything you put in his hand. Wants to be with dad a lot but is sensitive to Mom and shows great concern for her when she hurts herself or seems upset.
at a modeling shoot in Hong Kong.
Elliot Daniel you make us laugh because you try so hard to be funny. But you make us smile because we see your heart that loves your family. Hearing you sing This is the day the Lord has made and Praise Him, is not only cute but also brings us great joy. Your favorite books are Daniel in the Lions den and Jesus and the passover. We are thankful for your humor and like you showing us how fast you can run and how strong you are, but what bring us greater joy is seeing you learn about a God who loves you more than us and who has great plans for your life.
Happy Birthday Dan!