Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Happy Birthday My Sweet Boy!

Fourteen years ago today the doctor placed an 8lb 5oz baby boy in my arms. Twenty four hours ago, that very same baby boy, is now a young man walking into his first day of high school. Wasn't it just yesterday that I snapped this picture of you in Kindergarten?

When you were born I remember looking into your sweet little face and thinking, "What in the world am I going to do with a boy?!?" Being raised with mostly girls and having your sister Meghan, I was surrounded by dolls and tutu's!

In a matter of moments, you changed my world and I am grateful to God for it.

So, for the record, here are a couple of things I would have never experienced if you had not been in my life.

Without you, I would have never:

1. ...gone worm-hunting.

2. ...had the opportunity to give a tadpole a funeral.

3. ...learned that when a child yells, "Look what I found!" it is ok to say, "No thank you." when they ask you if you'd like to look into their cupped hands.

4. ...noticed a dragonfly in a forest of leaves.

5. ...known that it is a God-given desire for a boy to sleep with his dog.

6. ...learned how to remove a tick from a human body.

7. ...realized that a dandelion given to you by your son is more beautiful than a thousand roses.

8. ...been able to find the perfect skipping rock.

9. ...known that I was the best cook in the whole wide world!

10. ...been complete without you in my life son.

On the anniversary of the first day of your life, I am overwhelmed with joy that God placed you in mine. You have brought me so many precious moments. There has been an abundance of joy in our home because of you David.

God has a beautiful plan for you. Your name means "Beloved", and that is what you are to all of us.

Always remember who you are and whose you are.

Son, you can't dream dreams big enough for what God has for you. And whatever those dreams may be, your Dad and I will be running right alongside you, cheering you on to victory.

Happy Birthday honey.

Love, Mom


connorcolesmom said...

Ok I am totally crying over here
That was beautiful!
I love little boys
God made them so different yet so fun!
God bless

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Awwwww....such a sweet, sweet post!
Happy Birthday to your beloved!

AlaneM said...

Happy birthday to David!!
I love your heartfelt tribute to having a boy in your life.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Now this sends me to my kleenex. What a precious and tender tribute. Happy Birthday, beloved David. Your mom is right...

the untold treasures of heaven await you. Dream big. Any other dreams are just filler.


PS: Yes, Joanne, email me your questions and thoughts. Can't wait to hear about your project.

Tricia said...

Happy Birthday to your son! That is just the sweetest post, and I too have a David! We also have a birthday in our house today, my husband turned 40 today, check out my blog for a little tribute to him!


Mari said...

What a great post! Aren't son's a blessing? Happy Birthday, David!

Sheryl said...

Happy Birthday David!! You sure do have an awesome mom, but you know that don't you?

Those Davids are the best, aren't they Joanne?


Aly said...

I'm blubbering uncontrollably! What a beautiful and most-relatable post! Happy Birthday, David!!!!!! Love, Mrs. K.

Anonymous said...

DAVID!!!!!! Happy 14th!!!! Looks by what your mom wrote that you are....beloved!
Have a happy fun day! Love, Auntie C

Melanie said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet boy! I had similar thoughts when I found out I was having a boy... "what do I do with a little boy?" I, too, grew up around mostly girls and was clueless about boys. Oh, my... what a blessing he has been to my life!! And, yes, I've learned some similar things as you have about bugs, etc ;)

Have a great week!

Angie said...

OH---how sweet! David...you have one awesome mom! BUT I KNOW you are one awesome son for her to say all that! I know she means it!!!
Joanne---you certainly have been blessed ALOT...I mean tadpole funerals don't just happen with anybody!!!!
I love you girl!!!

a portland granny said...

What a precious tribute to you son. I hope he reads this often. I happen to be partial to boys--just love their openness and honesty!! One year in my class room I had 17 boys and 5 girls it was one of the most enjoyable years in my teaching time.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. You asked me where I want to cruise next. To be honest, unless it is a well-planned trip, we go when a good deal turns up. If you would email me I can give you a website out of Seattle that has wonderful prices.

We've done two total famiy cruises (19 people) and the Disney Cruise was the top notch favorite of everyone, even for those of us who had sailed with many companies.

I love to cruise. I'd be happy to answer any questions, but I don't want to take up room on your comments section so feel free to email me.

Fran said...

Beautifully said Mom!! Hope his birthday is celebrated all week long! :)

Hugs and blessings~

Starr said...

Boys surely do bring us moms a lot of joy, don't they? I cherish all the memories mine have given me.
Tell your young man "Happy Birthday" from your southern friend, Starr, OK?
Love ya!

Cheryl said...


What a wonderful birthday message to your young man.

Have a great day!


Peggy said...

Joanne...Blessed words and wonderful memories to share the joy of your precious son no grown...what beautiful way to honor his day & yours...Hope the celebration was SUPER! Happy Birthday David!

Stop by and visit with me soon... there will be something special waiting for you. It's in Tuesday the 12th of August post!

Still Sharing the Love & Friendship

A Stone Gatherer said...

What a wonderful post! Happy Birthday to David! A man after God's own heart!

Gina@Chats With An "Old Lady" said...

Boys are the best!!!
We are constantly laughing about SOMETHING!!!

How are you???

Carol said...

That was beautiful! And made me cry. As the mother of a boy, I can so appreciate this. And thanks for your sweet comment at Faith Lifts!


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