The 25th of January

Today is the 25th of January. Twenty-three years ago tonight (8:43 PM, actually), I gave birth to the most incredibly beautiful baby that had ever been born (what - do I sound biased? :)). He weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. and was 21 1/2 inches long (and didn't stop growing until he was 6'3" tall). Long and skinny he was born, long and skinny he has stayed.

We have definitely had our rough spots along the way and I pray every day that God penetrates his heart and that my son sees God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit for who they are. However - my son is one of the best people I know.

He is incredibly funny. A lot of people in my family are great with the one liners and comebacks but Chris, well, he takes 'em to a whole new level of funny. I always felt if he wasn't going to go to work as an exterminator (that idea came from when he was two and all he wanted to do was kill bugs...), he would be a stand-up comedian, funnier than Bob Hope (which would be a VERY tough thing to do but he would have pulled it off). Instead, my son builds things. He's strong, smart, hard working and good at what he does. His boss has promoted him, even while he's still in his apprenticeship stage. I like hearing him tell me his work stories - that he is happy is evident in his tone, his laugh and that he gets up every day at 4:30 to get ready for work. (yup and all I can say to THAT is YUCK!!!!)

He is surrounded by friends he's had since he was about 7 (when we moved into the town where he ended up going to high school) and is loyal to them to a fault. It is so nice, though, to see these "boys" I have known for so long stick together, know one another so well. They support each other, know each other's faults and secrets and love one another as guys do.

My son is an amazing big brother. He has bonded with my stepson and if it weren't for the fact they share the same first name (this seems like a familiar sentence to me :)), you'd never know they weren't blood brothers. My oldest has incredible patience with my younger. He will spend hours with his little brother, takes him places, "hangs" with him - sometimes for an entire Saturday.

He is my pride and joy. One of the biggest loves of my life. Happy Birthday, Chris. I look forward to what the next year brings to you!


Melanie said...

Ahhhh... what a beautiful post for your son! Happy Birthday to him!

saleslady371 said...

Chris is real cute, just like his Mom.