I know this is supposed to be Wordless Wednesday, but there is no way I can let today go by without saying something. It’s his Golden Birthday today. 17 on the 17th.
My oldest child, my first born, my only son turns 17 today. How did I get here my friends? How did my oldest “baby” turn into a handsome, amazing, wonderful, 17 year old young man? I don’t understand where the time went.
I am so blessed to have such a wonderful blended family. I love every single one of my 5 kids exactly the same. But this is Ryan. My baby. My only son. My first born. I cannot even wrap my head around this. I feel like I’m still 17. How can he be 17?
Happy 17th Birthday Ryan! I love you!
Ryan, you make me so proud. I look at you in your LCFDC uniform and I get teary eyed. I watch you carry that flag with your head held high, perfectly marching in step with your sisters and the rest of the corps., and you make me the proudest mom there (shhh LCFDC parents… let me have this moment). I love you for who you are, what you do for me and the fact that you make me a better mom. When I was a single mom, and it was just the three of us, you were one of my biggest fans. You believed in me, you supported me in whatever decisions I had to make. In many ways, you were a rock, my best friend. I will never forget that. You continue to support my decisions and to be not only my son, but my trustworthy companion and friend as well.
I thank God everyday for you and that he saw fit to bless me with you. Without you, my life would be empty – my cup would be half empty, both literally and figuratively. (I also thank God everyday that you know how to make me coffee!). You might be a big, strong, 17 year old kid now, but no matter what, you’ll always be my “Rye Rye”. I hope you know how much I love you. Happy Birthday, my son.
<—- P.S. Is there any way you can stop time and help me keep your sister little for awhile to come. I’m not ready for 14 just yet. Even if I do have 6 months to prepare. I’m still just adjusting to 13. Thanks!
Ryan – 16, Brielle 13 – July 2011