This guy. He is so special to us! He made us a mom and dad. He showed us how to (try--still learning here) be selfless. He showed us that the world, indeed, does not revolve around us. He showed us what it means to love someone SO much that it physically hurts sometimes. He is just freakin' amazing!
Note: with all this amazingness, he does have an attitude of a soon to be teenager. He can grind on my every nerve. He can piss me off to the nines. He may need a swift ass kickin' every once and a while. He gets grounded. He runs laps for his mouth and sass. He listens about as well as every other twelve year-old on the planet. Just keeping it real, peeps. I love him something fierce but this is still real life of a twelve year-old's momma.
But gosh is he handsome!!
He loves his momma and asked to start doing this! I love him growing up but he can just stop now 😭
"The Gary Sinise" "The Dracula"
Ok, fine.. I can be goofy too!
And takes it in stride when he is the one we are chuckling at!
Miracle League with his baseball team. He can't stop talking about this and asking when he gets to do it again! Soon, buddy! Very soon!
Like a spark went off in my boy and he remembered his job, his attitude and what it was all about! I could not be more proud!
What I wish I could tell my twelve year-old self. Just.be.you! People are going to love you, people are going to not like you. You will achieve great things, you will fail. You will hit a home run, you will strike out (or in my case-- you will nail a routine, you will split the beam.) You will love, you will suffer loss. You will have an abundance of friends-- keep the good ones, don't stress over the bad ones. Don't chase your friends, be a good person and the right ones will want to be around you. Treat others with kindness and compassion, at all times. Don't be guilty by association, hang out with the good kids and do good things. Strive to do your best in everything you do, not BE the best.. that is different and not the expectation. Have emotions, it is ok. But learn to curb them when it is needed. Help others, always. Listen to people when they need to talk, when they need you to listen and need your love. Always believe there is more good in this world than evil. BE the GOOD! Love Jesus and God wholeheartedly! Love your family, they will be here with you forever. Cherish your grandparents while you have them! They are irreplaceable. You are amazing! You are a blessing! YOU are one of a kind. Keep being awesome!