Sunday, May 25, 2008

Happy Birthday, Alex!

Eighteen years ago today, I became a mama for the first time. I was 23 years old, with no idea what I was doing, but I quickly learned just how much love a heart can hold and was amazed to feel that love grow bigger and stronger every day. Eighteen years ago, I had so much I was looking forward to... First smiles, teeth, steps, words. It always seemed I just couldn't wait to reach the next big milestone. It all seemed so important at the time. Now, I sit here looking back and wondering how it all happened so fast. Eighteen years is so incredibly short when you're head over heels in love with someone. I'd give anything to go back and slow it all down; take more time to enjoy each and every second in between those milestones. It's the in between things that I remember and will miss the most- sitting down together to watch Sesame Street in the evenings, as you would turn around and try to push my pregnant belly out of your way so you could fit in my lap, reading your favorite books to you, hearing your laugh, singing to you and praying together in the dark when you were scared at night...

These next few years are going to fly by for you, Alex, as you try to find your way and discover the man you are becoming. Take time to enjoy it along the way. Always remember you are loved and treasured. You will always have our love, pride, and support. As you step out into the world, don't forget that you will never be alone. You always have a home, a family, and a loving God to lean on. Never forget to whom you belong, and who you are in Christ. You are His far more than mine and Dad's. I pray you will choose to serve Him faithfully and fully throughout your life. Seek Him in everything you do. Stay in the Word. Listen to His voice. Go to Him with every decision. Do you remember the passage I taught you when you were small? Proverbs Chapter 3. Go back and look it up.

Happy Birthday, Alex! I love you with all my heart!


Christina said...

awww... Happy Birthday Alex! And happy graduation too!

LaLa said...

What a handsome young man!! Congrats on your graduation too : )