On a birthday, I cover the fridge with pictures of that person. (as you can see they look like a mom who is blind put them up randomly (and that's okay) -- hope the message is they are put up with so much love for this person.) Today is it covered with pictures of Kendall. We are celebrating him.
You told me once you looked at my blog, in case you look again.
Happy 23rd Birthday! I hope this year is an amazing one for you! You've heard the story ... yours was a quick pregnancy - confirmed in October that you were due March 4th and you opted to come a week sooner. A quick delivery arriving 9:21 PM at 7 lbs. 7 ounces after two plus hours. We were thrilled to have a baby boy join our family. I recall the day you were born it was a beautiful warm day -- very spring like weather. It was a Thursday, in the middle of the quarter of my senior year in college, so I returned the following Monday for my classes. (Crazy, what was I thinking -- promise just went for my two classes and you even were able to come with me for several days) We were fortunate to have grandparents and dad with a flexible job that could take care of you and your big sister (all of 20 months older than you) while I slipped away to class for a few weeks until the quarter ended.
Kendall, I love YOU for being YOU, your sense of humor, your desire to learn, your dropping in to say hi, your taking me for a milk shake, your growth and testimony, your loyalty, your compassion, your sense of integrity, your love of the outdoors, your passion for sports, your new love of rugy (please be careful), your amazing knowledge of history and current events, your ability to debate on either side of an issue, your thoughtfulness in choosing a gift (I'm still listening to your latest book/cd you gave me), your work ethic, your devotion to your family, being a sport and letting me play catch with you and alerting me when the ball is coming my way, and a hug from you is sweet. It is such a joy to be your mom and friend.
Once again, Happy Birthday and look forward to celebrating the day with you! I hope you find our card half as funny as we did as we giggled inside the card shop: Front: Our gift to you, son? Inside: Life. (You're welcome.)
Really ... motherhood is such a gift and I am SO grateful for YOU.
Love you, Mom