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Tuesday, September 30, 2014


It’s official. Today I am once again the mother of a teenager.

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It seems like just yesterday that a 5 pound baby was placed in my arms.

(2 week old Sweet Boy with an enamored Ann Curry.)


As a rule he doesn’t like photos. It’s “One and done.”

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Begging him for “just one more” he shows his funny side by giving me “the model pose”.

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The move has been hard on him. He’s been eating lunch alone at school every day.

As his mom this breaks my heart.

You remember middle school don’t you? Fairly horrible even on the best day.

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In the meantime he is growing like a weed, eating us out of house and home and helping with the DIY.

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Happy 13th birthday Sweet Guy! You are amazing and soon enough others will see this.



GSGreatEscaper said...

If I were the mom of a 12 or 13 year old girl at that school, I'd be throwing her a hint about the handsome new guy! And he's handy too! And his parents are the bomb, so I don't think it will take too long....Happy Birthday to SG!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Happy Happy Birthday to your son!!!

openid said...

Wishing your sweet son a very happy birthday and a year full of adventure! Looking back over photos you've shared I am amazed at how much he has grown this summer! I think soon others {especially the girls} will see how sweet he is and he will have no shortage of company. :)
Your Friend,

ImagiMeri said...

Dear Ian, I wish for you to know how awesome you are. I wish for you strength in the knowledge that sometimes the most awesome amongst us take a little bit longer to settle in. I've watched you grow over the past 6-7 years, and I'm fully confident your true self will come shining through and you'll be amazed at what happens then. God Bless and lots of love.

Linda Merrill said...

I moved to a new school in a new state when I was 13 in the middle of the 8th grade. Luckily, the school had a program of matching new students up with someone who shared some of their interests. I am still friends (and Godmother to her daughter) with the girl who approached me and invited me to join her group of "theater/music" kids. We all had that in common and it made the transition so much easier. It's a shame if his new school doesn't have this kind of program. But I'm sure once he joins a club or sport of interest, things will get easier.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

He is so handsome and such a fun person, things will change really soon. Happy Birthday Ian.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

What a doll! As the mother of a 10 year old boy I can so relate. You want to protect them through everything but adolescence has an uncanny knack of getting in the way! It's so hard to let them go, even harder for boys, I think. (I have two teen girls now as well.) Hang in there, and hopefully once you get more settled in he will, too. Lucky Mom:)

Cindy said...

Welcome back to being a teen mom!!! I currently have three teens (plus a German exchange student). It is not for the faint of heart! Your handsome son will be not eating lunch alone for long...have faith! I can also so relate to the "one and done" and purposeful sabotaging of photo sessions!

Karena Albert said...

Such a great kid, although I am sure he does not want to be called a "kid" anymore! Happy Birthday!
Where does the time go?!

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bloggymom said...

I have a new teenager too. Hugs to both of you.

Auntie Em said...

Lucky you to even get 'one' before he was 'done'! lol Our son was the same way.
He was always quiet but a fantastic wit. He didn't date or 'hang-out' with a bunch of other kids just to be one of the crowd. He fixed old trucks, found part time jobs while he went to school, visited his grandparents and aunts and uncles. He grew into his own man.
He now has a beautiful wife and three beautiful daughters he loves and spends time with. He doesn't enjoy foolish people but he never turns away someone who needs help or has special needs. He has good friends who he can count on when he needs them, instead of fair weather friends who are gone when you need them most. Can and will fix almost anything. Their home is beautiful and welcoming because he takes care of it and enjoys it.
I didn't just raise a son, I raised a man who was to become a wonderful husband and father and a good friend and trustworthy employee. And I think you are doing the same.
Blessings on you and your sweet Sweet Boy as he gets closer to becoming the man you always wished he could be! :)

Lorrie said...

I moved to a new school when I was 13. It was hard. But I eventually made friends. I'll pray for your Sweet Boy. Happy Birthday!

Linda said...

Yes, I so remember the middle school years, which weren't all so nice for me as the Mom of a very strong-willed and often rude-to-me daughter. Other moms used to say "wait until high school" but those years were easy peasy.... middle school not so much, but many good times were in the mix as well.

Happy Birthday to your son! : ) I honestly can't get over the fact that he is now this grown up. It's such a cliche but where have the years gone? I guess while I was focused on my Sarah growing up, your children were as well ;)

Hope he has a great day and that he feels settled into his new school very soon.

Love, Linda

Karen said...

Moving is especially hard on kids. I prayed today that God would give your son one good and true friend. Many of us look back on those years and shudder. Those difficult years also made many of us kinder than we would have been otherwise.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Oh he's a handsome young man! He will have friends in no time- I'm sure of it. It's always hard to move teens and they struggle to adapt and with the fact that now they can't see their old ones. Before you know it though he'll be right in the swing of things! Happy Birthday wishes to your son! My son is already 30 and I can't believe it!

happywonderer said...

Oh boy...middle school. Praying God sends him a friend to eat lunch with real soon!

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday to your new teen. Middle school is a challenge, but I suspect he will ease in quickly and easily. All the best to him!

Stacey said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Son!! You'll come to love Texas and the kids will love you too...I promise

Sadaf Trimarchi said...

So sweet! I dont know why, but zi am dreading middle school for my kids. I know they will have to face their own battles, but still. Not ready for them to lose the sweet innocence they have now in elementary.,,


I do remember junior high aka middle school and it was a big deal. We had just moved and I knew no one! I ate alone too! and if you brought a bag lunch,which I did as we couldn't afford a paid school lunch, you had to eat at a seperate table...not fun!
Happy Birthday to your young man!

Liz Hockamier said...

Holy Cow! He has grown since the last time I saw him. :) He is growing into such a handsome young man.
I hope he has a wonderful birthday.
We moved here right before 6th grade for me.... it was awful! Tell him to hang in there. It will get better.

Pam said...

First, Welcome to Texas! I live just East of McKinney. Kids can be so cruel. Have y'all found a church home! Youth groups are huge in Texas. They all do a tremendous job of including everyone, due to situations like this. Your son is a cutie! Happy Birthday to him!

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

Il est de circonstance donc de souhaiter un très joyeux anniversaire à ce jeune homme !
Merci pour ces belles photos.

✾ Gros bisous ✾

Jane said...

Happy Birthday to your Sweet Guy! Tell him to hang in - soon he'll have a flock of girls wanting to eat lunch with him!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Happy birthday to him! He looks like a teen now! Mine is 13 too, not easy!

Gypsy Heart said...

Quite a handsome young man! I'm surprised that girls haven't approached him ~ :) He will make friends soon and I do remember that at that age it's not easy. Not sure if you've been able to visit any churches but a youth group would be perfect! There are so many churches in this area that focus on the youth and I love that.