Thursday, May 14, 2015

Happy Birthday, Colton!

Colton, how is it possible you turn 13 today?  Two teenagers- in one house?  



I've joked for so long about my "shot glass" list of desires.  No bucket list for me.  Two boys, turning 13 and 15 just 3 days apart?  I'll take it- another small moment and a milestone- I'll savor and celebrate.  





Oh Colton, where do I start?





Your big brown eyes are soulful, and the way your nose crinkles when you laugh brings joy to my life.  You could not be more opposite of your brother.  While Nolan is here to lead me into uncharted territory and expand me, your calm demeanor is the honey that both sweetens my soul and anchors me.  





You're smart, funny, stubborn, sensitive, imaginative, loving, and a still a bit of a Mommy's boy.  You wiggled your way into my heart from the very start, and have notched out your own way in this world.  




I realized the other day, I can't do all the "little boy" things I used to.  You'll let me grab your hand for a minute, but no way could I hold it.  I can hug you quick,  yet, it's occurred to me you don't really desire me to hang on too long.  But in your wise beyond your years way, you seem to know, it is I who needs to hang on, for just a little bit longer.  




I look at Nolan and I see all the things he can and will most likely do with his future.  I look at you and have no idea.  But what I've realized is that I can't dream a big enough dream for the things I think you will one day do.  

To the moon, Bubba Jack- love you to the moon and all the way back.  






16 comments:

  1. Oh, that last picture. It captures so, so much, Vicky. I can't believe your baby is 13 but indeed, what a wonderful milestone. With his heart and mind I KNOW he'll do terrific things and make life better for those around him with his deep soul.

    Celebrating your shot glass with you and praying for many more to come. Believing, precious friend. What a great job you have done raising these beautiful boys and pouring yourself into them. It shows so much and it will bless them and others for a lifetime. Thank you, dear God, for this wonderful milestone and we pray for many more. And we believe. Big warm hugs and much love, Vicky.

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  2. Thank you, Robynn, for believing and praying and encouraging. I feel the authenticity of the feeling behind your precious words and it lifts me so. I pray you are well, friend- would love an update on YOU. Big hugs right back to you and all my love!

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  3. Oh my.
    Happy Birthday Colton. You sure have a special Mom who loves her boys.
    xoxoxox

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    1. Oh thank you Vic- I love this week of "celebration," with my boys :)

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  4. Happy Birthday!!!


    OOOh that little toddler sitting on the step, so adorable I can hardly stand it! :-)

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    1. That toddler photo is one of my all time favorites of him :)

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  5. Happy Birthday, Colton!

    Vicky, I LOVE all these photos and especially the one on the steps!

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    1. Thank you! That was so him- and my hubby got him just perfectly.

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  6. He has his Mama's heart....and she has his. It's written all over both faces.
    Happy birthday, sweet Colton.

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    1. Thank you, Jackie- he does indeed :)

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  7. Oh my dear friend,
    What a glorious week of celebrating your boys! I love, love, love the range of these photos of Colton...the tiny baby, the toddler on the steps (has there ever been a cuter picture?), Colton getting older and wiser. He loves you so, dear soul-sis. You have such a deep connection with him and he with you and while the hugs and hand holds might not be quite as long, they still mean the world to both of you.

    I can imagine that whatever Colton does, his heart will be in it. He will bring all he is into what he does for others. What a perfect Mom you are for both these young men, precious friend.
    Just look at them, step back. All the love and time and encouragement and wisdom...it's all deep inside them.

    Know that every day I am praying and believing in more birthdays and celebrations and time...days and weeks and months and years. I will never stop praying.
    Love you to the moon and back again!
    Linda

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    1. I'm savoring these moments so much, Linda- celebrating each one that I get to have. Thank you for praying for more of them for all of us :)

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  8. So cute, warm, wonderful. Two awesome teen-agers. What a lucky mother!

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  9. Sweet Colton! One of my life's greatest blessings was to be his teacher. He was never shy about sharing his love for you. The poem he wrote spoke volumes about the kind of son you are raising. He has the kindest and sweetest soul. I wish him a very happy birthday, and the very best of everything, always! He has such a bright future ahead of him!!!

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  10. How did I miss this one? Oh Vicky, he is precious! That photo of you looking at him as an infant, and the one of him as a chubby toddler, and all the way on up...absolutely precious. I celebrate with you, even if belated, just as you have been so willing to celebrate with me along the way. XXOO

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  11. Impossible to read this post and not smile!! Oh, the deep, wide love inside a mama's heart!

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