Monday, September 27, 2010

Thirteen




To my newly-turned Teenager,

I cannot believe we've come to this place.

But I'm glad.

You've gone from a sweet, loving, friendly baby boy and child, to a smart, gracious, friendly, kind young man.

I wish your dad and I could take some credit for who you are, and who you will become.

But we can't.

For in all the parenting, and time, and love, and discipline we try to impart, we do/will fail.

And yet...

We see Great Work being done in you.

Sometimes that work isn't easy.

Your tender heart often carries burdens that seem too heavy for your years...continue to pursue Truth, my son. When you do you encourage those around you.

You encourage me.

I'm thankful for your love of laughter. Your gift of conversation. Your love for family.

I am so grateful you're my boy. I wouldn't want any son but you.

With love,
Mom

14 comments:

Deidre said...

So sweet! A teenager? Oh my!
I LOVE the hat.

Tracey said...

What a handsome young man! I'm so glad he's feeling better.

Precious post!

Lindsay said...

oo my word what a handsome young man "the boy" is!! Happy Birthday to him!

tanyadennisbooks.com said...

I read your whole post, but I just have to say ... he is so stinkin' CUTE!!!

His Girl said...

so handsome, so amazing... I have a feeling you are mutually blessings for each other.

(my son has an identical hat. cracks me up)

lvankuiken said...

Our children have the same birthday...I just posted about my daughter turning 14.

Happy Birthday to the new teenager!

lvankuiken said...

Our children have the same birthday...I just posted about my daughter turning 14.

Happy Birthday to the new teenager!

Anonymous said...

Gosh Mom! please explain the hat-
He looks like a blue rooster!
Adore you any way boy!!

Kim said...

So Sweet!

Kim said...
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Kim said...

So Sweet!

New Every Morning said...

What a sweet tribute to the joy of mothering a boy. I wouldn't trade the privilege for the world.

Rachel said...

What a handsome guy! This is so sweet. And what an awesome hat! I'm guessing you made it? So creative and fun. Happy Birthday! :)

Amy said...

Happy birthday!! He looks much more teenager-ish in the hat, btw.