These eyes have owned me since the first time I saw them. I’m pretty sure that he knows that by now.
13 years ago today, he made me a mother. And, what a beautiful journey it has been. There are some who have told me, “Just wait until they are teenagers….” If you’re a mom, it’s probably been said to you and not so much in a positive way. I have chosen to enter these years with “the best is yet to come” as the foundation for our home and for my relationship with this beautiful soul that I get to do life with every single day.
John Henry, every year with you gets better and better. Every season with you teaches me something about love, forgiveness, and always looking for the best in others. One of the most, if not THE most, amazing qualities about you is that I never hear you say one negative or demeaning word about any person. You have spoken kindly about every teacher, every friend. You continually remind me to give someone the benefit of the doubt. You continually find the good in others.
You have a righteous anger for those who are treated unjustly. For those who are made to feel less than they should. Your compassion for people to truly know and believe that they are who God says they are is the banner you wave so fiercely. And, I could not be more proud of the man you are.
Thank you for valuing human life and for reminding me to always value others.
Thank you for being my protector, the man of the house, when your Daddy Kris is gone.
Thank you for always trying to make life easier for those around you.
Thank you for striving to do your best in everything.
Thank you for understanding technology better than I do.
Thank you for being the household Math tutor.
Thank you for introducing me to cool music.
Thank you for not being embarrassed when I dance.
Thank you for looking out for your sister even when she drives you crazy.
Thank you for being a gentle, big brother to Jett. And, thank you for letting him play the Playstation with you.
Thank you for being you.
You are not afraid to endure hard things.
You are not afraid to put yourself out there and try something new.
You are not afraid to admit when you’re wrong.
You are not afraid to love deeply.
You are brave. You are brilliant. You are funny. You are full of compassion and love. And, I cannot believe you are a teen. Time certainly flies when you’re having fun. What a fun 13 years it’s been. And, as always, the best is yet to come.
Happy Birthday, Teenager.
I love you more and more every day.