Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Happy Birthday, Jackson

Dear Jackson,

Happy 13th Birthday! I've gone back and forth in mind on what I want to say in your birthday letter this year and what came to mind most often was, "How in the world are you 13?"


How has it been 13 years since you were born? I feel like I've blinked and here we are....looking down the barrel of  high school. You just started 8th grade and are in all honors classes. You are a little nervous about Algebra I, but I know you are going to do great. At the worst, you have to be better at it than I was back in the day! :)

You still want to join the Air Force when you finish school, and currently want to go into Engineering. I have no doubts you will excel in whatever you end up doing. You are smart beyond belief, and I know you can accomplish your wildest dreams.

Jackson, keep on being you...be kind and courageous. Be witty and clever. Look out for those around you that don't have many friends, and make friends with them. Keep making good choices, even when the "good" choice isn't easy or fun. Always trust Jesus and guard your heart. No matter what, you and Anderson have to stick together because God gave you a brother for a reason. That means that you have to be best friends even when you don't get along!

Remember that there is absolutely nothing in the world you could do that would make us stop loving you. We will be here for you always, even when you think you might get in trouble! Always keep your focus on Jesus and let Him guide your path. You are gonna change the world, Jackson, and I'm so thankful I get to cheer you on! Happy Birthday, Jackson. I love you!

Love,
Mom

Friday, June 07, 2019

Happy Birthday, Anderson!

Dear Anderson,

Today is the day you turn 8 years old! Whoo-hooo! You have been counting down for this day for months and today is finally your special day!

Kiddo, I have begged and pleaded with you for you to just stay 7...you just won't agree! It's been such a fun year. You did amazing in first grade and you adored Mrs. Murray. You made all A's for the entire year, and holding you back was the best decision ever. You are so much more confident, and you are ready for 2nd grade. We have no doubts you are gonna rock it! You've really come into your own over the last year. You are funny, witty and just plain silly. I couldn't have asked for a better "baby" for our family. 

You just finished your baseball season and loved having Dad as your coach. You finally got to play catcher and you did a great job - even when you were tired of squatting down! You've been going to the Y and have had such a good time. You really love it when Jackson gets to spend the day with you helping in your group. You equally drive each other bonkers, but at the end of the day it is totally obvious that you love each other.

You currently want to be a fireman or drive a big truck when you grow up. Or both! Either way, I'm so very proud to call you my son! You are such a character, and I treasure watching you grow up. You love Jesus, your family and your friends, and I couldn't ask for you to be anything more than you are growing up to be. You are going to do big things in life, and I'm so excited to be on this journey with you! I'll always be your biggest fan! 


I love you, Anderson! Happy Birthday!

Love,
Mom 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Happy Birthday, Jackson


Dear Jackson,

Happy 12th Birthday! I can't believe that 12 years have already come and gone. I certainly don't feel 12 years older, so I'm not exactly sure where this kid that wears men's size 8 shoe has come from! You are in 7th grade now, and in the youth group. You are loving every second of your new found freedom - especially as you enjoy your new cell phone! As hard as it is for me to let go, I know you are gonna be just fine. Mom on the other hand is doing okay.

Jackson, you continue to make me so proud to be your Mom. You are kind, generous and just an all around great person. You and Anderson still like each other most of the time, and you are a fantastic brother. You just made the 7th and 8th grade baseball team - and your Dad and I are so proud of you for trying out. We hope you love it, and have so much fun this year!

Jack, you have such big dreams for the future, and I can't wait to see where God leads you. Right now you want to enter the Air Force and serve your country. If that is the direction you go, I pray God keeps you safe wherever you land.

I hope you have a great time in 7th grade, and that turning 12 is everything you've dreamed of. Continue to always be kind and to look out for others. Share Jesus with everyone, not just in your words, but also in your actions. Lead by example, and always choose to tell the truth, even when it isn't easy. We are so proud of you, and love you more than you could ever know. Happy Birthday, Jackson!

Love always,
Mom


Thursday, June 07, 2018

Dear Anderson,


Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, hat, child, closeup and outdoor

Dear Anderson,

Happy 7th Birthday to you!!! It seems like I've blinked and here you are - already 7. You have been so excited about turning seven, and I think you've been planning it since the day after you turned 6. :)

Anderman, you have had a great year. You absolutely loved first grade with Ms. Rolle and learned so much! You are kind, sweet and so funny. You have truly come into your own with your sense of humor. You keep us laughing all the time, and your smile lights up the room.

You started the YMCA summer camp this week and you were so nervous. Thankfully Bubba walked you in the first day and showed you the ropes. I knew you were going to have a blast and guess what? You did! You've been swimming, hiking, playing in creeks (with your shoes and socks on!) and having countless other adventures. You are there with your buddies and I can't wait to see what other things you get into this summer.

Little man, being your Mom is one of the best joys in my life. I'm so thankful for you and for the chance to be your mom. You are going to move mountains, and I can't wait to watch and see what God is going to do in your life.

Happy Birthday, kiddo! You are officially my new favorite 7 year old on the planet!

Love, 
Mom

Monday, August 14, 2017

Happy Birthday, Jackson!

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, hat, outdoor and closeup

Dear Jackson,

Happy 11th birthday to you!!! I can't believe that you are already 11 years old. It's crazy how much time has flown. I can hardly believe you aren't a baby anymore. 

At 11, you have just started 6th grade. You are in the pre-honors classes, and this is your last year in the gifted program. You are set on joining ROTC as soon as you can, and want to enlist in the Air Force after high school graduation. You currently want to be a para-trooper because "it would be so cool!" I'd rather you pick a career where you keep 2 feet on the ground, but really, whatever makes you happy! 

You are funny, witty and clever beyond belief. You would argue with a brick wall (maybe you should consider a career as an attorney?!?) but you are a great kid. Anderson gets on your nerves all the time, but at the end of the day, you love each other so much. I catch y'all playing together and you can actually be pretty nice to each other when you want to be! 

Jackson, your Dad and I are so proud of you. You are kind and look out for others. Always stay that way! Be a friend to everyone, especially those kids around you that don't have many friends. As you get older, remember to make good choices, even when the "good" choice isn't easy or fun. Know that your Dad and I will be here for you - even when you think you might get in trouble! At the end of the day, keep your eyes on Jesus, and let Him guide your path. 

You are going to do amazing things in this world, and I'm so excited to be standing in your corner, cheering you along. I love you always, Jackson, and I'm so proud to call you mine!

Love, 
Mom 



Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Happy Birthday, Anderson!

Dear Anderson,

Today is your 6th birthday!!! It feels like we have blinked just a few times, and here we are. Six whole years of having you be the caboose for our family have just flown by. I certainly don't feel 6 years older, except for when I'm having to chase after you and Jackson!

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people sitting

Anderson, you have come into your own, little man. You are delightfully silly, funny and charming. You are always after your Bubba, but want to be just like him. Even when he gets on your nerves, he's your best buddy. 

Despite a slow start to the year,  you did so good in kindergarten. We are so proud of the progress you made. You loved Mrs. Boyer and made so many friends. The best part? You can now read! One of your favorite things to do is get a notebook and ask us to spell words out for you. You don't ever seem to get tired of it. 

For your sixth birthday we gave you a choice of Disney World or a Disney cruise, just like we gave Jackson. You and Jackson both picked another Disney cruise to the Bahamas. We just got back and had so much fun. We even added on a few days at Walt Disney World before hand. You conquered Space Mountain like a champ and handled almost 16 hours in the park with no breaks and no whining. You are awesome!

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing, ocean, child, sky, outdoor, nature and water

You currently want to be a construction worker when you grow up, and maybe a fireman or police officer on the side. You have big dreams, and we can't wait to see you accomplish what God has in store for you!

Anderson, until you are grown and have kids of your own, you wont' be able to understand how much we love you. You are pure joy with the most infectious laugh I've ever heard. You're an amazing little boy, and I'm so happy to be your Mama! 

Love, 
Mom 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Happy Birthday, Jackson!


Dear Jackson,

10 years and 1 day ago I was on my way to the hospital to be induced. Sitting in the passenger seat of the car, with your Daddy driving, I had a total meltdown. I simply wasn't ready to go into labor and was terrified of what was to come. I wasn't afraid of you - I was petrified thinking about labor. Your daddy wisely told me, "Too late now to be afraid!" He was right about that...it was too late to be afraid of labor. I ended up having a blessedly easy labor experience with you, and you were born at 9:18 in the morning after only 6 hours of labor.

From the moment I first laid eyes on you, I was in love. You were such a beautiful baby, and you've turned into such a handsome young man. You are standing between the gap of childhood and the teenager years right now, in that fun tween stage I've heard so much about. I'm not too worried about the years to come. You have a heart of gold, love Jesus and your family, and always try to do the right thing.

As you go through 5th grade, here are a few things I never want you to forget: Always remember to be a friend to everyone, especially those kids around you that don't have many friends. Be honest, even if telling the truth gets you in trouble. Have the courage to stand up for what you know is right. Be willing to speak up for yourself and those around you who don't have anyone else to stand up for them. Be honorable at all times. Treat all ladies and young women with respect. Remember that you and Anderson must always be a team, even if you drive each other crazy. One day your daddy and I will be nothing but a treasured memory, and you and Anderson must always remember to have each other's backs. Always.

Jackson, I am so proud to be your mother. You are a wonderful young man, and I can't wait to see how God uses you in the years to come. I'll always love you to the moon and back a million times.

Love,
Mom


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...