Mr. Speaker, the miracle of birth is a remarkable, happy event. None of us pick our parents or the place from which we come. The good Lord makes those decisions, and some of us have the fortune of being born in America.

Yesterday, April 9, at 10:28 a.m. in the central Texas town of Waco, another child took his first breath of the crisp air of life, being born in the land of the free.

Peyton Poe Alexander showed up tipping the scales at 9 pounds 1 ounce and a height of 22 inches. Not bad for his first day on earth. His mother, Kara, my daughter, and his father, Shane, are right-thinking, God-fearing people. Paytons little 2 year old sister, Elizabeth, shall we say, is inquisitive.

Mr. Speaker, we all get excited when kids are born, because we see in those innocent eyes the hope of the world, the chance that this new child might make a difference for the rest of us.

My hope for my grandson is that he grows up embodying the spirit of truth, justice and the American way, and that he plays football for the University of Texas and not Texas A&M.

And thats just the way it is.