Oh my precious Tyler. Today you are officially 11 yrs old. Let me remind you of your oh-so-fast delivery. I could have sworn you would have been born on the side of the Greenville SC highway right smack in the middle of rush hour. I should have known, then, that type of "entry" would dictate exactly who you are today.
You weren't born on the side of the highway. But upon arrival at the hospital, you came a mere 30 minutes later. I remember the nurse asking me if I wanted an epidural and I screamed, "YES YOU FOOL!" She quickly "examined" me....ahem.....and I was a good 9cm. EXCUSE ME?! I almost died right there from pure shock.
I somehow managed to get the mother of all drugs and had approximately 5 minutes of rest before you came into my life. I was smitten. Head over heals. Stole my heart. How can a momma love two children? But, wait a minute....something is wrong....what is it???
Your face was bruised and they quickly discoveredthat you had a broken collar bone. One more time...."EXCUSE ME?!" My baby was battered, bruised, and broken and he's only an hour old.
I should have known then that you were going to keep me on my toes.
You walked at 7 1/2 months. "EXCUSE ME?!" You talked early. You have always had a ball in your hand. You have been the cutest thing I've ever known. You've been a movin and shakin from the get-go.
You are smart. You are funny. You are extremely messy and unorganized and it drives your OCD dad crazy! You are strong willed. You love Jesus. You are athletic and competitive in a nonaggressive way. You are so easy going. You are laid back just like your OCD dad. (Isn't that weird?) And, I just can't imagine life without you.
You see...I miscarried my very first pregnancy. I miscarried at 12 weeks and with each child's birthday I realize that if that pregnancy would have lasted, none of my children would be here today. The timing would be all different. I just can't imagine a day without you.
I know how long my journey with Jesus has been based on your age. You are 11 yrs old and the journey began when you were 1. It's easy for me to keep up with it. I've loved Jesus for 10 yrs now. That alone thrills my heart to no end! Thank you for being the one who caused me to lose my mind. Remember, you and Clay were only 15 1/2 months apart and I almost LOST IT. You drove me to Jesus and Bible study and the Moms group at Bellevue. Praise God.
His timing is so perfect and so beautiful and I thank Him today for the life He gave me and your dad. I'm overwhelmed to think that He trusts me with you. I'll do everything within my power, Tyler, to give you the best that I can. I want to love you deeply and guide you into the young man that God wants you to be. And, let me just say now.....it might be scary. ;)
Keep at it kiddo. And, my prayer is that you love Jesus with all your heart! I see Him shining through already. It's so beautiful to see that in your child.
Have a happy birthday my sweet baby. I will always call you whatever I want to, ok? I can do that. :) And, can this be the last sleepover we have? I'm already kind of anxious about it. You boys have some things cookin and I can smell it!!!
Hugs and blessings~