Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My sweet baby

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 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~



ocean mommy said...

Happy B'day you handsome young man!!

Oh heart is so touched at this letter to your man child. :) It's just precious...
I'm praying for him today..that God would continue to thrill him and that this little man would grow to be a man that is totally in love with God.


Teresa said...

Happy Birthday, Tyler!

Loved this post, my friend!

What's your thought on arranged marriages?..I think my middle one, Cortland and Tyler would be a great match!:)..those middle ones come to us with a twinkle in their eyes!!!

And I'll be praying for you during the sleepover!

Patty said...

Happy Birthday Tyler!!! Sleepover...Tyler you know your mom will let you have many more and I wonder what plans you boys have cookin'? lol!!

Fran, you are the coolest mom!!

Love you,

A Stone Gatherer said...

Oh I hope his day is just terrific!!! I love hearing your story in there too! Happy 10 years to you!!!

Shelley said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet boy Fran. He has quite a story! And he's one blessed boy to have you for a mom.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Happy Birthday, Tyler. Glad you drove your mom nuts since it drove her to Jesus! Happy birthday to Mom, too. It's a bigger day for moms than the babies!

Sarah Markley said...

how unbelieveably sweet! =)

Cindy said...

What a sweet post. I saw you in San Antonio, but didn't get to meet you. I spent most of my time with my sister who lives there.

Anyway, I love the post and hope he had a happy day!


Dana said...

How precious! I love writing about my kids too. Hey, funny thing, my daughter was born in Spartanburg SC! She is the only one not born in TX. That's why we call her our peach! Small world!

MelanieJoy said...

I have to be one of the coolest mom's on the block! Good luck with the sleep over!! Happy Birthday to that young man of yours!

Lindsee Lou said...

How precious are you, Fran! Happy Birthday to your boy!


Jenny said...

Happy Birthday, sweet Tyler! What a wonderful mama you have!

Love you Fran. I can't wait to be the kind of mom you are!

3girlsmom said...

...can't oldest baby is 7 and I CANNOT imagine her being 11....please, Lord, slow down time....sniff....

Darlene R. said...

That was such a beautiful post! Happy Birthday, Tyler! You must be some special boy! Actually, you are a young man now!

Bev Brandon @ The Fray said...

a bruised birthed collarbone---never heard of that before...
you had to be in serious pain...
i look in his precious face and see my own 17-year-old and pray that he so wraps his heart around his God of power and purpose and that the words of Paul will be oh so true for Him that God will fulfill every desire that Tyler has for righteousness, for doing what's right in a world of oh so wrong, and work a work of faith with power in Ty and through're a great mom!

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