Mr. Speaker, a new son of Texas breathed the air of our free Nation with his birth on April 10, 2006. His birth made him an eighth-generation Texan, and he can trace his Scot, Irish and German roots to the proud days of the Republic of Texas.

Born in The Woodlands, Texas, at 6 pounds, 9 ounces, he bears a middle name that has been a family name for over 100 years and dates back to his ancestry in Germany. He is a gift from the Lord to his parents Kurt and Susie and to his four grandparents and his great-grandparents.

He is, by the chance of birth, an American. As a child he is the most important and the greatest of all American natural resources. Mr. Speaker, every time a child is born, the good Lord is making a bet on the future of our Nation.

As his grandfather, it is my hope that Jackson Theodore Poe lives the strong, rugged, determined life of a free man; that he will live with the words ``liberty'' on his lips, integrity in his heart and compassion in his soul; and that he never forgets duty, honor and loyalty. And that's just the way it is.