Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
That is the exact t-shirt that was put on Bryan just minutes after birth. I remember unwrapping his blanket and seeing him in that shirt. He was so tiny, it seemed to swallow him. I remember pulling him tiny little hands from under the sleeves and counting those precious fingers. I remember unwrapping him over and over again just to look at him.
Time flies, and babies grow. My 'baby' turns 12 tomorrow. What a great 12 years it has been! Bryan has brought so much joy and laughter to our lives. There are countless stories that we tell over and over in this house about his humor and antics. There is never a dull day with Bryan, that is for sure!
Sometimes I look at how he is growing, and I get a glimpse of the man he will be. It's really an incredible site to behold. I see more and more of his dad in him every day. He is sensitive and loving like Jeff, a real "people person". Bryan is truly one of the most compassionate people I know. He genuinely cares for others, and I am so proud of that! He's also one of the most fun and hilarious people I know. He has been from the very beginning!
Tomorrow night we will take Bryan out to the restaurant of his choice (family tradition around here for birthdays). On Saturday we have friends and family coming to party in celebration of Bryan's life. Should be a great birthday weekend! Oh... and to give you a little perspective on how he's grown, check this out....
Monday, February 25, 2008
On Friday, my boy will be 3. Yes, I said 3. He's a genius you know. He's almost 3 and in the 7th grade already! How, you ask??? Well, Friday is the 29th, otherwise known as Leap Day. Jeff explained it pretty well here if you need more info.The point is, he has a "real" birthday every 4 years. It's a pretty neat thing actually. One website I found says that for every 1,461 births, only 1 will be on Leap Day. In the U.S. there are approximately 200,000 people who celebrate this birthday, and 4 million world-wide. We have one of those 4 million in our home!
Bryan has completely rocked our world. From the day we first finally got to meet him, he has brought more joy to our lives than we could ever explain. He makes me laugh more than anyone else I know. And he loves like no other kid I have ever known. He is truly amazing!
So... here's to your life, Bryan. I look forward to celebrating all week long!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Her: I love your purse. Too cute. (while chewing her gum very loudly)
Me: Thanks. I've had it forever.
Her: No way! It looks brand new.
Me: Yeah, I've had it since I was in high school (that's true).
Her: I love vintage purses!
Me: Vintage? Are you calling me vintage? Seriously?
Her: (giggle). Have a nice day, ma'am.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
While we were at the immigration office, another customer from a foreign country was having a very hard time understanding what was being told him about his paperwork. He was getting frustrated, and the workers were getting frustrated as well. At one point, he yelled "I cannot be denied this process!" and slammed his hand down on the counter. Instantly, there were three armed officers in the room with us. (I took a HUGE step back at that point!)
I must say that I was so impressed with how they handled this man. Only one officer spoke, and he was courteous and caring with the young man. He simply told him to continue with his questions and get his answers, but they were there to make sure that everyone was safe. The man calmed instantly. I was amazed at how quickly he calmed when someone was patient with him.
All of this reminded me of how patient God is with me. He must get really frustrated with me at times, as I tend to try things my own way so often. I must look ridiculous to Him as I slam my hand in frustration and throw a tantrum at times because things don't work out like I want them to. Yet, He is constant and He is always loving. He calmly reminds me that His way is best, and when I listen to His voice, I calm instantly. I am learning to listen to His voice FIRST. It cuts out on all of the frustration!