Thankful Thursday: This little guy

Today is his special day…he’s celebrating his 8th birthday!

Our grandson!

I am so thankful for him and the joy he has brought to our lives. Can’t imagine a world without him in it!

In honor of his birthday, a list of eight reasons why I am so thankful for this amazing little guy!

1. I am so thankful for his great big smile! Always ready for the camera!

Grandpa & A

2.  The way he loves to look for treasures…always looking for treasures. When you’re 8 years old, the world is a virtual gold mine!
discovery time

3. I’m thankful for the changes in his life, like the milestone of loosing his first tooth!


A looses his 1st tooth

4. I love his thrill of adventure, and how proud he is of himself when he accomplishes something he didn’t think he could do!

in the tree

5. I’m thankful for the opportunities I have to share special moments with him, and that he likes to be with me! (at least for now)

special day

6.  I’m thankful for his ability to learn new things and sometimes he’s even willing to teach me how to play those crazy games!

game time

7. I love the creative side of him, and I’m thankful for the fun times we can have together just being silly!

"super" powers!

8. But most of all…I’m just thankful for him!  Every little detail that makes him who he is.  He is so very special to me. He’s captured my heart, and I love him so very much!

Happy Birthday little man…hope it’s a very special day for you!

I love you!

at the lake

Boys Are Found Everywhere

on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from,

running around or jumping to…A boy is Truth with dirt on its face,

Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair,

and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.

~Alan Marshall Beck

Happy Birthday to my Mom!

Today is her day! Her special day for celebrating her life!

A life that hasn’t always been easy. A life that’s knocked her down a few times, but somehow, she has always managed to get back up….with a smile!

Aubrey Rose Tea Room - 10

Thank you for teaching me how to keep smiling through the hard times, and thank you for your unconditional love!

You are amazing, and I love you! Happy Birthday to YOU!

happiness

on this day in 1983

December 10, 1983…I was holding my newborn baby daughter in my arms  The waiting was finally over, and she was here, all wrinkled and new, just as a newborn should be!

Becky and Andrea 12-03

We didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl.  Back then it cost extra to find out, and we didn’t have the “extra funds”, so we just waited.

But, I knew deep in my heart that I was having a girl.  So much so, that when I acknowledged the doctor after he told me she was a girl, he said, “oh, you already knew, didn’t you?

No, not officially, just in my heart.

A heart that has been touched over and over again as I have watched my little baby grow and mature into a beautiful young lady.  I’ve heard it said before, but it really is true, not only is she my daughter, she really is my friend.

Andrea in back yard

Today, my little girl holds her own little baby in her arms.   A sweet little boy.  At times it’s just too surreal, and words just seem to escape me when I see him in her arms.  My heart fills up, and overflows, usually resulting with a happy tear in my eye.

Andrea and Rick

As I watch her learn and adapt to her new role in life, I must confess, she makes me very proud.  She is not afraid to take on life challenges, and she is finding that the simple, little moments in life can often be the best.

When she was little, she was every bit girl.  All giggles and smiles, ribbons and bows, dolls and dresses.  Her love for life was infectious, and she made people smile wherever she went.

Today, she is every bit a lady!

She’s left behind the ribbons and bows, but she still loves a pretty dress, and some high-heeled shoes! Her outlook on life is always positive. She looks for the good in others, and is a sincere and loyal friend. She has made the choice to overlook the negatives of  life, and focus on the brighter, happier, more positive aspects of life.

Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter!  I love you so very much! You bring joy to my heart!

Andrea and Rick2

Keep smiling that beautiful smile!

It was a good day

From the first cup of coffee in the morning to the last kiss good night, it was a good day.  It was my birthday.

A birthday.  A day of celebration, and for as long as I can remember, always a day full of anticipation.

I often hear people say, “oh it’s no big deal, it’s just another day”, and I can never understand why someone would say this.   It is a big deal!  It’s your day!  It is a day to celebrate life!

The celebration may not always be the same.  I know we can’t always have a grand party, and there will be birthday’s that seem a little off, but it should never be a reason to think of it as “just another day.”  I learned early, that it didn’t matter the date or day, a birthday was unique, and the person who was being celebrated was one-of-a-kind.  In learning this, I think I also learned the value life.

This year, my special day was very quiet, but it was also very good.

It wasn’t a big party, but hearing my daughter’s voice, and seeing the big smile on my 9 month old grandson’s face while we did face time, was a gift beyond value.  One person sang Happy Birthday to me, and I can still hear my 6-year-old grandson’s voice in my mind. It was without a doubt a highlight in my day.  The call from my son to say I love you, the one who I thought had forgotten what day it was.  Spending the day with my “best friend” relaxing, and cheering on the Chargers (thank you for winning, by the way!)  Completing the day with a wonderful dinner overlooking the ocean with my “best friend” and my mom.

These are the gifts of love from my family.  It was a good day.