I’ve always thought that, while a birthday is most certainly a personal celebration for the one whose birth anniversary is being celebrated, in many cases (such as mine), the mother also has a personal (and usually private) celebration of the same event.
Several years ago today, I became a mother. It was and is, without question, the most incredible, miraculously amazing blessing anyone could ever experience. It is a true picture of God’s amazing grace, that he would bless me, so undeserved, with motherhood. My two children are my constant reminder of how much God loves me. My son was my firstborn, and so it is that with his birthday each year, I celebrate the anniversary of my greatest blessing, becoming a mother.
Our son has always been a constant, and when I say constant, I mean constant, source of joy for his parents. It would be impossible to count the ways he has brought us joy.
Being a bit picture-obsessed, there are hundreds of pictures accessible on my computer. But for the sake of the reader, I’ll bring out only a few (and when I say “few,” I mean many).
Happy Birthday, Sweetest of all Sons.
1970 (4 months-first studio picture)
1971 (almost 8 months—eyes still blue—later green)
1971-First Birthday (people trying to sign him up for football—look at that body!!)
1972—loved that Wonder Horse (and Dad’s USMC “cover”)
1973 (age 3) (People encouraging me to let him be a model—I don’t think so!)
Played French horn in band
Age 12 (in high school band already)
Age 14, with sister, as they were together in several stage productions (this one, singing “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” from “Annie Get Your Gun”)
Freshman Science Fair, First Place
Celebrating 16th birthday Argentine Style while visiting family in Argentina.
Christmas after turning 16, driving his Mustang for sister (Miss Merrie Christmas) in Christmas Parade—a proud brother moment.
Junior Prom (picture with sister)
Performing First-Place Humorous Duet (many, many trips with the Speech Team and National Forensics League)
High School Tennis Team Junior and Senior Years (picture taken for local newspaper)
1988 High School Valedictorian
Off to college—dorm room
Loved to fish during summers
1989 Back to College
1990-Met the Love of his life, Kristy
1991-Married the Love of his life
1992-College Graduation (with Honors)- (three years later, Master’s Degree from Seminary)
1993-Birth of his firstborn, Tory
1995-Birth of his son, Conner
2012-High School Graduation, Tory
2014-High School Graduation, Conner
Did I mention how thankful I am that God chose to bless me immeasurably with a wonderful family! Thank you, Lord!