Nine years ago

Nine years ago,
I didn’t know what it felt like to have a son…

the muddy shoes,
the remote control toys,
the gadgets all over the house.

Nine years ago,
I never would’ve imagined the fun he would bring into our family…

the way he likes to play practical jokes,
the way he laughs so hard sometimes he can’t stop,
the way he asks questions…

so many questions.

Nine years ago,
I never would’ve allowed snails or frogs or worms in the house…

but it’s hard to say no when I see how much he loves things like that.

Nine years ago,
as I held my son in my arms for the first time,
I had no idea the constant energy he’d have
or that he’d break his foot by jumping down the stairs pretending to be Superman when he was three.

Nine years ago,

I had barely watched a soccer game,

I hadn’t played in the mud since I was a kid,

and I didn’t like baseball…

Funny how things change.

Nine years ago,
with a little girl already in our family,
I wondered what it would be like to raise a boy…

And now,
nine years later,
I’m still discovering how amazing it is.

And I’m thankful for each day.

Especially this one.

Happy Birthday, Son!


  1. Your words about your son made me tear up… 9 years old! I hope he had a happy birthday. I find myself wondering what my two little guys will be like at 9 years old. They don't stay babies forever do they?Have a blessed week!

  2. Happy Birthday to you son! Mine just turned 11, I can't believe it! Have a good week!

  3. Mine is just 5 days behind yours and that nine is looming big.Happy birthday to your young man.

  4. Happy Birthday to your sweet little man… it was Coltons 5th birthday yesterday… I cant believe I have a 5 year old!Blessings-Amanda

  5. What a sweet post! My oldest son turned 7 this weekend and I'm working on a similar post about him to say happy birthday. It's a pretty crazy feeling watching your little ones grow up!

  6. Boys are so fun, aren't they? I have been privileged to have two of each. Oh, I left a blog award for you on my blog. I hope you will stop by and pick it up!

  7. Thanks so much, everyone! Amanda, Alisa, Robin, and Leslie, Happy Bday to yours too!

  8. First of all, i was surprised by your design change. I thought you just updated it last year. Anyway, it looks nice!Sons are amazing, aren't they? I have one boy amidst 5 girls. He enjoys being the only one.

  9. Thanks, Kellie! I felt like a little Spring refreshing around here. I love change. :)

  10. Happy Birthday to him! What a sweet post :) My youngest sister is 9, it's a fun age!

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